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Jim Brady named public editor at ESPN

ESPN's headquarters. (AP Photo) ESPN Jim Brady, the local news guru who founded Philadelphia's Billy Penn, has been appointed ESPN's public editor, the sports network announced Friday. In the public editor's job, which was formerly designated "ombudsman," Brady will sound off on the network's reporting on a variety of platforms, according to the announcement: Brady will offer … Read More
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ESPN's mistake was not killing Grantland earlier

Each Sunday, ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr. and Sports Illustrated's Jacob Feldman send out an email newsletter called “The Sunday Long Read.” With input from readers, they select the week’s best in longform journalism from a broad range of subjects, including sports. Highly recommend you subscribe. The list includes a regular Classic pick, done each week by Politico's … Read More
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ESPN reporter writes about grief while dealing with it himself

ESPN Reporter Ivan Maisel interview Stanford Quarterback Kevin Hogan about grief, while the reporter was grieving his own loss. (Screengrab from ESPN video)Ivan Maisel had done many stories through the years about a player or coach returning to action after suffering the loss of a loved one. But this was different. On Sept. 5, Maisel posted a piece … Read More
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Not done yet: ESPN's Van Natta says follow-ups likely after takeout on Patriots

Screengrab from ESPN's investigation of the Patriots and the NFL. This won't come as good news for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the New England Patriots. Don Van Natta says there might be a Round 2 to last week's big ESPN Magazine story illustrating how Goodell used the penalties levied on the Patriots for "Deflategate" as a make-up … Read More
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Scott Van Pelt to bring unique voice to new solo edition of SportsCenter

When ESPN approached Scott Van Pelt about going solo with the midnight (Eastern) edition of "SportsCenter," he initially said no. Van Pelt was the co-host of a popular midday radio show on the network, which gave him the opportunity to express his views about various issues in sports. Typically, "SportsCenter" hosts aren't given as much latitude in that regard. Read More
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Mary Byrne wants to make it less newsworthy for women to be the APSE president

Mary Byrne at her new job at ESPN in Bristol, CT. (Photo by Rich Arden / ESPN Images)When Mike Sherman of The Oklahoman served as the president of Associated Press Sports Editors in 2014-15, nobody wrote that he was the 39th man to hold that position. However, there are numbers attached to Sherman’s successor. Each story dutifully … Read More
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Bill Simmons to host talk show on HBO

The New York Times When ESPN announced that Bill Simmons would be leaving the network, speculation on his future job prospects were rampant. Some guessed he would join Fox Sports. Some floated Turner Sports as a possible destination. One report even suggested that he and departing "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart would go into business together. Read More
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Margaret Sullivan: Article on Serena Williams and body image 'a missed opportunity'

The New York Times New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan wrote Monday about Friday's article by Ben Rothenberg on female athletes and body image. I see this article as a missed opportunity to really get under the surface of a pervasive and troubling issue in women’s sports and, particularly, women’s tennis. Mr. Rothenberg had enviable … Read More
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Outside the Lines celebrates 25 years of hard-hitting journalism

Bob Ley boils down the essence of "Outside The Lines." "Let's go commit some journalism," Ley said. There isn't another show on sports television -- and few others in television, period -- that can match ESPN's crown jewel when it comes to committing quality journalism on a regular basis. "Outside the Lines," also known as OTL, will celebrate its 25th … Read More
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Jeremy Schaap honored for uncovering deplorable work conditions in Qatar

ESPN commentators Jeremy (left) and the late Dick Schaap. (Photo by Steve Fenn/ABC)It isn't every day that Jeremy Schaap gets a call from Ethel Kennedy. Mrs. Kennedy was on the line with the good news that ESPN had won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Schaap's "E:60" story on deplorable work conditions in Qatar in preparation … Read More
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The growth of women in sports journalism is stagnant

Flanked by Fred Ridley, left and Craig Heathley, Billy Payne, Chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club speaks to reporters during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament on April 8. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)The sports front page of the April 9 edition of USA Today featured two columns from the Masters. Nancy Armour wrote about Bubba Watson, … Read More
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Bill Simmons won't appear on ESPN anymore

Sports Illustrated Franchise sports columnist and Grantland co-founder Bill Simmons will no longer appear on any of ESPN's platforms, Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch reports: SI has learned that ESPN and Simmons have worked out an agreement that officially ends his tenure as a front-facing employee for ESPN. Simmons sent an email to Grantland staffers this week informing them … Read More
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Bill Simmons and ESPN will both be fine, and so will sports fans

ESPN says that it is parting ways with Bill Simmons, one of its top personalities who created the Grantland website and was instrumental in the network's documentary series. Network president John Skipper said Friday that he decided not to renew Simmons' contract. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) This breakup between ESPN and Bill Simmons was inevitable. Fifteen years ago … Read More
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ESPN asks Adam Schefter to take a Twitter holiday during the NFL draft

Adam Schefter’s lifeline is Twitter. And it is quite a lifeline. The NFL reporter for ESPN has 3.73 million Twitter followers. They receive NFL tweets from Schefter early and often on most days. Twitter is a big reason why Schefter carries two cell phones with him. “There are a lot of times when I’m getting news from someone … Read More
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With Tiger at the Masters, there will be work for golf reporters

At one time, Robert Lusetich didn’t cover golf for FoxSports.com. He covered Tiger Woods. Lusetich was assigned to all of his tournaments in 2009. Part of it was due to a book he was writing on Woods, but it also was the result of the insatiable appetite for all things Tiger. After winning his 14th major at the U.S. Open … Read More
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