Executive Vice President, ESPN Digital & Print Media
As ESPN’s executive vice president, digital and print media, John Kosner heads up development for ESPN.com, the world’s leading online sports service, ESPN The Magazine, and ESPN’s industry-leading applications for all screens including WatchESPN and ESPN3, the premier live sports event online service; and SportsCenter, the most popular sports app of all-time. Kosner also oversees espnW, the network’s initiative targeted at female sports fans, as well as ESPN’s digital content development in Social Media and its partnerships with Facebook, Twitter and other top third-party networks. Kosner was promoted to his current title in January 2012, and had overseen all these properties as senior vice president, digital & print media, since May 2011.
Kosner has overseen ESPN Digital Media since 2003, a period of tremendous growth and industry recognition for ESPN. Kosner and his team have helped ESPN.com establish a clear leadership position on the Internet, in Digital Video and in Mobile:
- Pioneering online video with ESPN Motion, ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app;
- Developing ESPN Insider, an industry-leading paid subscription service;
- Guiding ESPN to #1 in Fantasy Sports;
- Achieving a commanding leadership share in sports mobile web and mobile apps, including the top-ranked mobile apps in the sports category;
- Building a digital audio powerhouse with ESPN Radio, including ESPNRadio.com and PodCenter, the leading sports podcast destination;
- Forging valuable partnerships with Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Xbox, YouTube, Instagram, Foursquare, eBay and Flipboard.
ESPN Digital Media has also received numerous awards including the Sports Business Journal Awards for Digital four times in five years (2012, 2011, 2009 and 2008) and the 2011 SBJ Sports Technology Award for WatchESPN. ESPN.com has also won seven Sports Emmy’s and two Online Journalism Awards, including the prestigious Award for General Excellence. During Kosner’s term, Richard Lapchick has heralded ESPN’s commitment to diversity in his annual report cards on diversity hiring in digital and print sports media.
Sports Business Journal ranked Kosner as the Most Influential in Online Sports in October 2008, one of several accolades he has received. Kosner also serves as Chairman of the Online Publishers Association and is a member of the Alumni Council of his alma mater, the Collegiate School in New York City.
Kosner is a 35-year veteran of sports media, starting as an intern at NBC Sports in 1978. He joined ESPN in 1997 as vice president, programming development. In 1999, he was named vice president, ESPN.com programming and broadband development. Earlier, Kosner worked in programming at CBS Sports; at the NBA, where he led the league’s broadcasting operations for seven years; and at Sports Illustrated, where he developed television and interactive content for Sports Illustrated and SI for Kids magazines.
Kosner was graduated with distinction from Stanford University in 1982 with a bachelor of arts degree in American History. Kosner lives in New York with his wife Diane Burstein, their son Luke and his older children, Walter and Grace.