I recently joined the Communications team in Bristol as an Associate Director, leading the overall communications strategies for ESPN's publishing business, with a primary focus on ESPN The Magazine.
I've got more than 12 years of communications experience, having served in a variety of capacities as a communications strategist and manager. I graduated from UMass.
I love the Jets, Mets, Knicks and Rangers, and my favorite sporting memory is a tie between the Mets' Game 6 win in the 1986 World Series and the 1994 Rangers' Stanley Cup win.
In 2004, Randy Johnson celebrated his perfect game. (Credit: Getty Images)
The perfect game in baseball is one of the rarest achievements in all of sports: 27 up, 27 down. Since 1876, there have been more than 200,000 major league baseball games, yet only 23 have ended in a perfect game.
In tonight’s edition of E:60 (7 p.m. ET, ESPN), many of the pitchers in this exclusive group — from Don Larsen to David Cone to Randy Johnson — reflect on their historic feats. Feature Producer Martin Khodabakhshian walks us through how the “Perfect Game” feature came together: continue reading…
Ezekiel Ansah ESPN Magazine feature story. (Courtesy of ESPN The Magazine)
Five years ago, Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah had never seen American football. But Thursday night in New York, the BYU defensive end is expected to be a first-round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft (ESPN, 8 p.m. ET).
How did the former soccer player from Ghana become such a hot prospect? ESPN The Magazine Senior Writer Ryan McGee tells Front Row how he profiled Ansah for the NFL Draft Issue. continue reading…
ESPN’s award-winning news magazine E:60 makes its Spring 2013 premiere tonight with an NFL Draft Special (ESPN, 7 p.m. ET), 48 hours before the event begins — also on ESPN — in New York City. This is the first of a four-episode E:60 Spring flight with shows also airing April 30, May 7 and 14.
The four features premiering tonight include an E:60 exclusive report on the Auburn football program; a profile of Alabama running back and prime draft prospect Eddie Lacy; an exclusive television presentation of the 30 for 30 short film The Irrelevant Giant; and a compilation of NFL stars’ draft day memories. continue reading…
ESPN The Magazine’s ‘Mag 15′ landing page celebrates 15 years of publication.
It was on Monday, March 9, 1998 that we were printing, binding and shipping the Premier Issue of ESPN The Magazine — with a cover date of March 23, 1998.
Pause and reflect on this historical moment as we celebrate The Mag’s 15th anniversary.
To kick off the celebration and release of its upcoming “Mag 15 Issue” (on newsstands May 3), The Mag today will launch a landing page highlighting stories, coverage, photos, and more from issues spanning these last 15 years.
When asked what his 2013 self would say to his 1998 self about the evolution of the magazine, Editor-in-Chief Chad Millman said: “You should really take this Internet thing seriously. And then invent a sleek, wireless reading device. And here’s another tip: You have no idea how important headlines will be when 140 characters is all you get to sell your story on the website you launch, 140charactersorless.com. I’d also tell myself that the magazines will only evolve if you let great writers, photographers, editors and designers tell great stories and get out of their way.”
Beginning today at www.espn.com/mag15, each anniversary from 1998 through 2012 will be celebrated with its own “tab,” unveiled one by one throughout this next month. Each year will house the same set of content including: continue reading…
In ESPN The Magazine’s latest issue, “One Day, One Game” on newsstands Friday, columnist Chris Jonestells the story of a young tennis pro stepping away from the sport she loves due to an ongoing bout with depression.
Jones, who writes the back page Magazine column, The Fix, knows just how she feels. He shares some background on the column with Front Row.
Why did you choose this piece to discuss your personal battle with depression?
There is very little I have in common, at least on the surface, with a talented 22-year-old tennis pro named Rebecca Marino. But when she spoke about her struggles with depression, and about her difficulties with social media, I felt as though I could almost finish her sentences for her. I think our readers should be able to expect honesty from us — that we write what we truly believe. Well, I believe strongly that mental illness is something we should talk about, and it would have been dishonest for me to write about it without admitting that I’ve been there.
ESPN The Magazine’s One Day, One Game issue is on newsstands Friday
Take us through the process of writing this column.
I pitched this, and my editor, the excellent Ed McGregor [an ESPN The Magazine Deputy Editor], told me to give it a shot. I write columns all the time that don’t make it into The Magazine — there’s this graveyard of swings and misses clogging up my computer — and here I thought, I’m just going to write this as honestly as I can, and if Ed or [Mag Editor-In-Chief] Chad Millman doesn’t like it, then I’ll just write something else.
That freed me. I just poured it out. I sent it in and the guys were really busy, as usual, and it took them a bit to get back to me. Those waiting hours are stressful for a writer anyway, but here I was like, “Ruh-roh.” Then an email landed from Chad [reading]: “Wow, that was something,” and I took that as a good sign.
What was the initial reaction to your first-person feature for Esquire?continue reading…
Tigers star and AL MVP Miguel Cabrera (left) and Angels sensation Mike Trout are on the cover of The Analytics Issue. (ESPN The Magazine)
The second-annual “Analytics Issue” of ESPN The Magazine, currently on newsstands, looks at how next-level metrics are redefining what we think we know about sports. Front Row connected with The Mag’s Executive Editor Scott Burton to discuss the analytics of the “Analytics Issue.”
How does this “Analytics Issue” differ from the first?
We were thrilled by the way the first Analytics issue came out, largely because we placed a premium on storytelling. We followed that same philosophy this year; the issue features some of the best feature writing we’ve done all year, fueled by amazing access to some of the key players in analytics. That said, we worked hard on improving the presentation of the numbers, in the form of infographics. This issue also features what we hope will become a new franchise for The Mag: a narrative told exclusively through infographics.
How did you decide on WAR (Wins After Replacement) and the two cover subjects? Why was this the right time? continue reading…
Wright Thompson’s profile of Michael Jordan is available on ESPN.com and will appear in ESPN The Magazine.
In celebration of Michael Jordan’s 50th birthday this Sunday, ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com senior writer Wright Thompson chronicles Jordan’s journey as he reaches the milestone birthday.
The feature appears both on ESPN.com and in The Mag, occupying 10 pages in the publication’s upcoming “Analytics Issue” on newsstands Friday, Feb. 22.
Front Row asked Thompson to reflect on his experience with Jordan.
How did you arrange for the access and how much time did you spend with him?
I started writing letters and talking about the idea to his people; they were intrigued in the beginning, and over a period of months, some comfort developed and I think they decided to say yes. They weren’t shy at all, and didn’t act like they minded someone seeing what Michael was like up close. It was loose and natural from the beginning.
What surprised you most about MJ? Had you spent any time with him previously?continue reading…
ESPN The Magazine introduces its first-ever “Music issue”, recognition of the converging worlds of sports and entertainment (on newsstands Friday).
The Music Issue
Front Row caught up with Stacey Pressman, contributing writer and producer for ESPN and The Mag and Senior Deputy Photo Editor Nancy Weisman for the inside scoop on the issue’s “Photo Act” section: Fourteen athletes re-create some of the most memorable album covers ever.
Can you take us through some of the planning and the scope of this project? SP: The idea for this came up around April 2012 when we found out that a “Music Issue” was on the table. This Photo Act was nine months in the making. Nancy and I had worked together in 2010 on the “Movie Issue” where we recreated iconic movie scenes with athletes. So when we knew we were doing this issue, I really pushed for a Photo Act that would recreate iconic album covers.