NABJ Congratulates Leon Carter on Being Named VP and Editorial Director for New ESPN Site
Friday, January 16, 2015
Posted by: Aprill Turner
WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 16, 2015) — The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) congratulates Leon Carter on being named Vice President and Editorial Director for a new ESPN site on sports, race and culture.
The site will provide in-depth commentary and insight on race and culture through the lens of sports. In his new role, Carter will oversee all editorial content and the site’s staff; he will also assist in implementing the overall vision of the site, reporting to Jason Whitlock, the site’s editor-in-chief.
Carter joined ESPN in 2010 as a vice president and executive editor of ESPNNewYork.com, a one-stop, digital news and information destination for New York sports. For the past year, he has also been responsible for other ESPN.com local sites in Boston, Dallas, Chicago and Los Angeles.
Carter is a founder of the Sports Journalism Institute, a nine-week training and internship program for college students interested in sports journalism careers. Additionally, in 2009 Carter received the prestigious Legacy Award from NABJ.
“NABJ is happy to see the success that Leon continues to have in his career. ESPN has made a great choice in moving him to this role. We very much look forward to the launch of the new site,” said NABJ President Bob Butler.
Prior to joining ESPN, Carter was the sports editor for New York Daily News from 1999-2010. He guided a vibrant staff that won numerous national awards and became part of the ongoing fabric of New York sports, covering all of the city’s marquee professional teams and major events.
Beyond his professional career as one of the nation’s top sports editors, Carter has also worked tirelessly on training and mentoring young journalists to enhance race and gender diversity in sports departments nationwide. While serving a one-year professional-in-residence stint at his alma mater Norfolk State University, in 1993, Carter helped launch the Sports Journalism Institute, a summer training program which has graduated and placed more than 200 students at print and digital newsrooms across the country.
NABJ wishes Mr. Carter much success in his new role.
An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide.