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ESPN CREATES SPECIAL INVESTIGATIVE TEAM: Enterprise Unit to Co-Publish Important Stories in Magazine, Website

May 7, 2003

ESPN is announcing today the formation of a cross-media Enterprise Team, with the mission of reporting and producing high-impact investigative stories and publishing them in a coordinated and synchronized manner across ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com. The unit will also contribute to the ESPN television and radio networks.

The Enterprise Team will bring together award-winning journalists, editors and producers - primarily from ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine - and will be headed by ESPN.com Vice President and Executive Editor John Marvel. Roxanne Jones, a Magazine deputy editor, will coordinate the team's activities with ESPN television, particularly in the production of stories that will appear on ESPN's Outside The Lines Nightly, premiering Monday, May 12 at midnight ET (see below).

"ESPN is a true multimedia company with a singular focus on informing sports fans," said John Papanek, senior vice president, editorial director, ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com and ESPN Emerging Media and Data, who is overseeing the effort. "By putting into one team this powerhouse group of writers, editors and producers with expertise in investigative reporting through different media, we will be serving sports fans a series of wholes that are far greater than the sums of their parts."

Marvel added, "I'm thrilled at the opportunity to lead such an extraordinary team of journalists. And I know we're all thrilled with the challenge. By utilizing the talents and resources available across ESPN's many platforms we can bring more impact to the sports world, and to sports fans, than any single entity could achieve on its own."

Key members of the Enterprise Team will include:

  • Tom Farrey, Senior Writer - An award-winning writer and reporter, who broke the story of athlete abuses in Iraq under the Hussein regime, he recently received a 2002 Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Sigma Delta Chi Award for Investigative Reporting, two 2002 Sports Emmys for reporting with ESPN's Outside The Lines, several 2002 US Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Awards and was a 2002 finalist for an Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) Award. Farrey came to ESPN.com from the Seattle Times.
  • Darren Rovell, Sports Business Reporter - Has been covering sports business for ESPN.com since 2000. Rovell also appears on numerous ESPN Radio shows, ESPNEWS, and contributes to ESPN's SportsCenter and Outside the Lines. Rovell is the co-author of On The Ball: What You Can Learn About Business From America's Sports Leaders.
ESPN The Magazine
  • Luke Cyphers, Senior Editor - Has been honored with an AP Sports Editors' Top 10 award for investigative reporting, New York Press Club award for sports reporting and New York Silurian Award for sports. Came to ESPN from the New York Daily News in 2002.
  • Shaun Assael, Senior Writer - Came to ESPN in 1997, after holding a position as an investigative legal reporter for American Lawyer. Assael is the author of two books: Wide Open, Days and Nights on the NASCAR Tour (1998) and Sex, Lies, and Headlocks: The Real Story of Vince McMahon and The World Wrestling Federation (2002).
  • Jon Pessah, Senior Editor - Has been with ESPN since 1997. Pessah previously held editorial posts with both Newsday and the Hartford Courant, where he guided departments that earned Associated Press Sports Editor (APSE) awards, including those for sports section, enterprise packages, special sections, Sunday sections and feature writing.
  • Chad Millman, Contributing Writer/Editor - Has contributed to ESPN The Magazine since 1998. Millman is the author of two books: Pickup Artists: Street Basketball in America (1998), which was honored by the New York Public Library as one of the year's best books, and The Odds: One Season, Three Gamblers and the Death of their Las Vegas (2001) which was a national bestseller.

For more information on ESPN's Outside The Lines, go to:
OTL Primetime History - http://media.espn.com/MediaZone/factsheets/otlmonthlyseries.htm
OTL Weekly on ESPN.com - http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tvlistings/story?id=1397069