Galen Gordon is a coordinating producer at ESPN who oversees various dayside “SportsCenter” programs. Prior to working on “SportsCenter,” Gordon oversaw the development and rebranding of “Quite Frankly with Stephen A Smith,” “First Take” and “Numbers Never Lie.”
B.A., Mass Communications, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Gordon is a 21-year broadcast journalism veteran who spent the first 12 years of his career as a news producer at the local and network level. He started in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and eventually made his way home to produce at WNBC and WABC in New York. In 2003, Gordon moved to Atlanta to produce news at CNN. In 2006, he joined ESPN to develop and rebrand several shows, including “Quite Frankly,” “First Take” and “Numbers Never Lie.” Within these Emmy-nominated shows, Gordon helped to provide a platform for discussion for many journalists of color and women.
Gordon is serving his second term as vice president of broadcast for the NABJ Sports Task Force. He focuses on developing and mentoring the next generation of journalists – broadcast, digital and print. He’s played a key role in the Mentor Breakfast sponsored by ESPN and held at the annual convention. Gordon also has served as chairman of NABJ’s golf tournament since 2012. The tournament has raised money for NABJ in addition to enabling greater outreach to the local communities.
2015 marks my 20th consecutive year of attending NABJ’s conventions. My first convention – in Philadelphia in 1995 – inspired me to be all I can be as a young producer in my newsroom in Tulsa. My first newscast was on the same day as the Million Man March that year. The inspiration I derived from NABJ back then now compels me to serve the organization as vice president-broadcast. I want to advocate for black journalists on both sides of the camera, as well as those working online and in print. Let’s work together for a stronger and more relevant NABJ.