VICE PRESIDENT, TALENT NEGOTIATION & PRODUCTION RECRUITMENT
Al Jaffe was named vice president of talent negotiation and production recruitment in October 1996. His responsibilities include recruiting and hiring on-air talent and production personnel, negotiating employment contracts for commentators with their agents and evaluating on-air personnel.
He served as a judge for all three editions of ESPN’s Dream Job, a reality series where contestants vied for an on-air job with ESPN.
Jaffe joined ESPN in January 1987 as news manager, and was directly involved with the daily production of SportsCenter, the network’s sports news show. He was named the manager of talent and production recruitment in 1988 and was promoted to director of talent and production recruitment in 1992.
Prior to working for ESPN, Jaffe was the news director at KOVR-TV inSacramento,Calif.(1981-86) where he was responsible for all production and content elements of the station’s newscasts. Jaffe has also been the news director at KNTV-TV inSan Jose,Calif.(1978-81); senior news producer for WCVB-TV inBoston(1972-78); and news producer for WHDH-TV/Radio inBoston(1966-72).
Jaffe won the Radio Television News Director Associations Award for Regional Investigative Reporting in 1986 at KOVR-TV. While at WCVB-TV, he won an Emmy Award in 1978 for the Best Newscast from the Boston Chapter of National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
A native of Pittsfield,Mass., Jaffe graduated from Emerson Collegein 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mass communications.