David Jacoby

Commentator/Senior Producer; Co-host, Jalen & Jacoby

David Jacoby is a commentator and senior producer who first joined ESPN in 1999. He is the co-host of Jalen & Jacoby, and has also served as a guest host on other ESPN programs, including SportsNation.

On September 28, 2015, ESPN Radio launched Jalen & Jacoby, a national weekday program (7 – 9 p.m.) co-hosted by NBA Countdown analyst, Jalen Rose. Jalen & Jacoby, which features Rose and Jacoby breaking down the latest news in sports and pop culture, began as a podcast of the same name and was promoted to a full show due to its popularity.

Previously, Jacoby was an executive producer at ESPN’s Grantland where he created and produced all of Grantland’s audio and video content, including primetime television show, Grantland Basketball Hour and executive produced Grantland’s Emmy-nominated film unit, Grantland Features. Jacoby’s work at Grantland garnered him three Emmy nominations, one National Magazine Award nomination, multiple Webby nominations, and two EPPY Award victories. He also conceived and produced the feature-length documentary Son of the Congo, a SXSW official selection.

While at Grantland, Jacoby blossomed into a popular writer and podcaster in his own right. Hosting three podcasts, Jalen and Jacoby (400,000 per episode), The Right Reasons (100,000 per episode) and Food News (100,000 per episode), he has become one of the most prominent podcasters on the planet.

Before joining Grantland, Jacoby was a development executive at ESPN. In 2004, he developed, piloted, and produced his first TV show, the sneaker-focused lifestyle show, It’s The Shoes. He went on to develop, pilot, cast, and produce the hit ESPN studio show, SportsNation, while also developing a variety of other shows that are still on the air.

Jacoby graduated with honors with degrees in management and marketing from the Stern School of Business at New York University in 2000.

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