ESPN’s Rob King will join the Center for Investigative Reporting’s board of directors.
“Rob’s deep journalistic credentials and broad experience in media will add essential, forward-looking and core ingredients to our success,” said Phil Bronstein, CIR’s executive chairman of the board. “His board counsel will add immeasurably to CIR’s ambitious and innovative quest for high-impact, scalable and sustainable investigative reporting. We welcome Rob enthusiastically as a superb complement to what is already a dynamic and highly engaged board.”
King is senior vice president for ESPN’s SportsCenter, responsible for all of ESPN and SportsCenter’s content and newsgathering operations. Prior to this, he served as vice president and editor-in-chief of ESPN.com. Earlier this year, King was recognized by Forbes as one of the “Top 25 most influential minorities in sports.” In 2014, Fast Company named him one of the year’s “Most Creative People.”
King began his career in New Jersey at the Courier-Post as a graphic artist and general assignment reporter. He eventually moved to The Philadelphia Inquirer and worked his way up the ladder to become the deputy managing editor there.
“I’m overjoyed and honored to join the board of The Center for Investigative Reporting,” said King. “Exploratory journalism and the journalists who undertake the craft are crucial to our society and our democracy, and I hope to play a meaningful role as the board continues its support of this vital work.”
Founded in 1977, CIR is the nation’s first independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization dedicated to public service journalism.