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ESPN’s “Journalism Showcase” – Favorites of 2017

As we look back on the great journalism that ESPN produced in 2017, Front Row put together a list of our favorite 17 showcase items of 2017 (in no particular order).

1. Reporter Pedro Gomez shares how he formed a relationship of trust with former Marlins’ pitcher Jose Fernandez’ mother.

ESPN’s “Journalism Showcase” – July 7, 2017

2. Reporter Marty Smith discusses the most revealing interview he’s ever conducted with Dale Earnhardt Jr. 

ESPN’s “Journalism Showcase” – February 17, 2017

3. Reporter Jim Trotter discusses how an all-access feature on Jerry Jones came together.

ESPN’s “Journalism Showcase” – July 28, 2017

4. Bob Ley and Jeremy Schaap discuss what it means to them to have their own studio dedicated to storytelling while Steve Fainaru talks about the challenges of E:60’s critically-acclaimed Syrian soccer story.

ESPN’s “Journalism Showcase” – May 12, 2017

5. Investigative reporter Tisha Thompson shares how she uncovered important evidence in the kidnapping of two Rochester football players.

ESPN’s “Journalism Showcase” – June 30, 2017

6. Reporter Ramona Shelburne discusses the challenges of covering the intersection of sports and politics when the Warriors were “disinvited” to the White House.

ESPN’s “Journalism Showcase” – September 29, 2017

7. Producer Russ Dinallo shares how a story of a young hockey player who became paralyzed came together.

ESPN’s “Journalism Showcase” – January 6, 2017

8. Jeremy Schaap discusses his relationship with Mike Tyson and his most revealing interview to date with Tyson, where the ex-champ opens up about being molested as a child.

ESPN’s “Journalism Showcase” – July 21, 2017

9. Reporter Jen Lada discusses how her sister-in-law played a role in her preparation for a feature that dealt with the sensitive topics of suicide and depression.

ESPN’s “Journalism Showcase” – October 20, 2017

10. Features producer Kristen Lappas describes her heartwarming “Arthur” piece came together.

ESPN’s “Journalism Showcase” – March 3, 2017

11. Reporter David Purdum describes the environment in Las Vegas just days after the tragic shooting.

ESPN’s “Journalism Showcase” – October 6, 2017

12. Pelicans beat writer Justin Verrier describes what it was like covering the All-Star game and finding out about the DeMarcus Cousins trade.

ESPN’s “Journalism Showcase” – February 24, 2017

13. Reporter Will Reeve opens up about how his own tragic loss helped him relate to Reds’ pitcher Michael Lorenzen for a special Father’s Day E:60 feature.

ESPN’s “Journalism Showcase” – June 16, 2017

14. ESPN the Magazine’s Mark Fainaru-Wada discusses how a story about former NFL player Rickey Dixon became a story about the many women who take care of former NFL players suffering from ALS and CTE.

ESPN’s “Journalism Showcase” – August 25, 2017

15. Reporters Bonnie Ford and Wayne Drehs discuss how they used their combined resources to write a story together on the 2024 and 2028 Olympic bids.

ESPN’s “Journalism Showcase” – July 14, 2017

16. Reporter Sam Borden talks about the emotional challenges he faced while working on the Chapecoense soccer piece for E:60.

ESPN’s “Journalism Showcase” – June 9, 2017

17. ESPN The Magazine’s Tom Junod takes readers through the process of creating his story on the people who laid Muhammad Ali to rest.

ESPN’s “Journalism Showcase” – June 2, 2017

Journalism Showcase will return on January 5.

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