In January 2014, Rob King was named senior vice president, SportsCenter and news, transitioning from the digital and print arena to oversee all of SportsCenter and ESPN’s newsgathering operations, and to lead the future efforts of the company’s biggest sub-brand.
Just five months into his current position, King was named by Fast Company among its “Most Creative People 2014.” In early 2016, Forbes Magazine recognized him as one of the Top 25 most influential minorities in sports.
Previously, as senior vice president, content, ESPN digital & print media, King was responsible for all content and the overall editorial direction of ESPN’s leading portfolio of digital and print sports properties, including text, audio, video and multimedia content. He also oversaw management of the award-winning team of more than 200 editors, writers and designers across ESPN.com and its network of related sites, ESPN The Magazine and espnW. King worked with ESPN’s many news, information and programming units to develop greater cross-platform integration and development of cross-media franchises.
In June 2007 he was named vice president and editor-in-chief of ESPN.com, before adding oversight of digital video and audio content as well as all editorial content on ESPN’s local sites. In 2004 he joined ESPN as a senior coordinating producer in the studio production unit, responsible for (at various times): ESPN’s award-winning NBA studio programming; the award-winning Outside the Lines; ESPN’s on-location coverage of major golf events, including the Masters and the U.S. Open; and ESPNEWS, the nation’s only 24-hour sports news television network.
King began his career in the newspaper business. From 1997-2004, he was at the Philadelphia Inquirer, serving as graphic artist, deputy sports editor, assistant managing editor and deputy managing editor. Prior to that, King worked at the Louisville Courier-Journal as a graphic artist, director of photography and presentation editor. From 1987 through 1992, he worked at the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, N.J., a major suburban Philadelphia paper. His first job was with the Commercial-News in Danville, Ill., as a general assignment reporter and graphic artist.
King received a bachelor of arts degree in English from Wesleyan University in 1984. In 1986, King attended Penn State, studying Journalism as part of the School of Communication’s inaugural graduate class. A past Pulitzer Prize judge, King is a member of the Associated Press board of directors, the National Sports Journalism Center’s advisory board and the Poynter Institute’s National Advisory Board, where he serves as the chairman. In 2016, he was named to the Board of The Center for Investigative Reporting.