Motorsports reporter Mike Massaro has been with ESPN since 2001. An award-winning reporter for NASCAR and other sports for SportsCenter, Outside the Lines, ESPNEWS, ESPN Radio and other multi-platform programming, as well as a pit reporter in some NASCAR race telecasts, Massaro previously served as a reporter for ESPN’s motorsports news program RPM2Night and a host/reporter for the ESPN2 program NASCAR Now.
Exposed to motorsports as a child, Massaro often watched his father enjoy one of his greatest hobbies – working on NASCAR Modified race cars.
After college, his first sportscasting position was the public address announcer at Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs, Conn., and a year later was promoted to PR director where he served from 1995 to 1997. In 1997, he became a reporter for MRN Radio and remained there until 2000. At the same time, Massaro reported for Inside NASCAR on TNN, and was a pit reporter for NBC Sports’ and TBS Sports’ races.
Massaro received the NMPA Award for best television feature in 1999 on “How MRN Broadcasts Races” and in 2000 received the NMPA Award and Russ Catlin Motorsports Journalism Award for best television feature for a piece on the late Dale Earnhardt. In 2005, Massaro repeated his success with the NMPA and a Russ Catlin Motorsports Award for a television piece entitled “Cheat to Win.” He won his third Catlin honor in 2006 for an Outside the Lines piece titled “Driver’s Education” focusing on children who race.
Massaro received his bachelor’s of science degree in speech from Emerson College in Boston. He was inducted into his hometown Manchester (CT) Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.
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