Chuck Simmons

Coordinating Producer, ESPN Deportes and ESPN International

Chuck Simmons is a coordinating producer for soccer programming on ESPN Deportes and ESPN International.  Simmons, who is based in Bristol, Conn., assumed his current position in September 2010.

Simmons oversees all soccer production for ESPN Deportes and ESPN International including studio and match programming for marquee tournaments around the world, such as the FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Football Championship.  He also oversees the networks’ coverage of top leagues and competitions – Spain’s La Liga and Copa del Rey, German Bundesliga, Mexican Primera Division, UEFA Champions League, and more.

During the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, Simmons oversaw ESPN Deportes and ESPN International’s comprehensive news and information coverage of the month-long event with a remote studio at Mandela Square in Johannesburg.  Since 2002, Simmons has been a part of every ESPN production team for the FIFA World Cup.

Simmons joined ESPN in 1994 as a production technician.  In 1996, he became a production assistant with the ESPN International production team.  In 1997, Simmons was promoted to associate producer, ESPN International, responsible for responsible for writing and editing soccer features. He became a producer in 2002, producing soccer matches and studio programming.  In this role, responsibilities grew significantly, including his debut as a game producer during ESPN and ABC’s presentation of the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan.

From 2006-2010, Simmons served as coordinating producer for ESPN Deportes and ESPN International studio programming, where he oversaw ESPN International’s English and Spanish-language studio shows including the week-long coverage of Super Bowls XL, XLI, XLII, XLIII and XLIV.  In addition, his role included the editorial oversight for ESPN Soccernet Press Pass, the popular English-language soccer analysis and opinion show.   During this period, the daily studio show Juego Cruzado was launched, and Fuera de Juego and Cronometro were expanded to five days a week.

In his years at ESPN, Simmons has been responsible for the launch of key ESPN Spanish-language studio programs – Futbol Picante, Perfiles and Fuera de Juego – aired on ESPN Deportes and ESPN Latin American networks.  He has received multiple Telly Awards as well as an INTE award for his work in Fuera de Juego, for best sports programming.

Simmons graduated from Emerson College with a bachelor of arts degree in communications.

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