Craig A. Bengtson

Vice President and Managing Editor, Newsgathering and Reporting

Craig Bengtson is Vice President and Director of News at ESPN. Named to that position in January of 2014, he is responsible for oversight of the News, Assignment and Planning Desks; Domestic Bureaus; the Feature and Enterprise Units; along with E:60 and Outside the Lines.

Prior to his new assignment, Bengtson was Vice President of “SportsCenter,” responsible for the editorial content and production of ESPN’s flagship news and information program. Bengtson joined ESPN in 2006 as a Senior Coordinating Producer.

Before coming to ESPN, Bengtson was an Executive Producer at ABC News in charge of the “World News Tonight, Saturday/Sunday;” and a Senior Producer responsible for domestic news coverage on the “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings.” Bengtson was at ABC from 1997 to 2006. Prior to that, he was a Producer for the “CBS Evening News with Dan Rather.”

Bengtson began his career as a News Director, Anchor and Reporter for WKXL Radio in Concord, N.H., before joining CBS News Radio as a Writer and Producer in 1987.

Bengtson has received multiple Emmy Awards, along with a Peabody Award for his work at ABC News on the coverage of September 11, 2001, and an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award for his role as the Executive Producer in charge of the coverage of the death of Pope John Paul II and the election of Pope Benedict XVI. He also oversaw the news coverage of the death of President Ronald Reagan, the Asia Tsunami, and the capture of Saddam Hussein.