ESPN’s newsmagazine E:60, which has received more Sports Emmy Award nominations in the past four years than any show, airs its 100th episode tonight (7 p.m. ET, ESPN).
In its seventh season, E:60 continues to innovate long-form storytelling, enterprise reporting and production technique. Highlights from E:60’s first six years and current season can be found here. The program debuted on Oct. 16, 2007.
“Reaching this milestone is a testament to ESPN’s extraordinary commitment to long form journalism and enterprise reporting,” said E:60 Executive Producer Andy Tennant. “It’s been incredibly rewarding to see the series evolve over the first 100 shows to become the ultimate destination for the biggest names and the best stories in sports — and we’re more than ready to produce the next 100.
“It’s a privilege to work with so many terrific journalists and storytellers, whose work has been recognized with just about every award our industry offers,” Tennant said.
Among the 25 Sports Emmy Award nominations E:60 has received in the past four years, seven have been in the outstanding journalism category, and E:60 has won twice. In addition, the program has won three Sports Emmy Awards for feature storytelling and three Edward R. Murrow awards for excellence in electronic journalism.
In tonight’s 100th episode, Jeremy Schaap has a disturbing report on sexual abuse in the U.S. military, including allegations involving three football players at the Naval Academy. The program also includes an interview with outspoken Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, who pulls no punches while talking with E:60’s Lisa Salters. And Wright Thompson tells a lighthearted story about Bushwacker, the No. 1 bull in Professional Bull Riders (PBR) competition.
“The show has become a place for sports fans to get up close and personal with superstar athletes and the stories behind what’s made them who they are today,” said Tennant, citing Aaron Rodgers, Kobe Bryant, Maria Sharapova, Michael Jordan, Rob Gronkowski and Dwyane Wade among those who have told personal backstories on E:60.
“It also has become global,” Tennant said. “And we’re not afraid to tackle serious, hard-hitting issues.
“We’ve made the investment,” he said. “With the support of ESPN and the talents and hard work of our production staff and correspondents, we’ve also demonstrated that we’re willing to go anywhere at any cost to tell the best stories in sports.”