As we look back on the incredible impact ESPN journalists have made in the last year, Front Row pulled together a list of eight of our favorite showcases from 2018, in no particular order.
Investigative reporter John Barr describes his experience inside the courtroom as he listens to Larry Nassar victims give their impact statements.
Reporter Tom Rinaldi discusses what he’s learned from Purdue fan Tyler Trent while covering his story.
Reporter Sarah Spain shares how she kept Deland McCullough’s story a secret before it shocked the world on E:60.
How ESPN’s “SC Featured” helped Pratima Sherpa golf with Tiger Woods.
Senior writer Jackie MacMullan discusses her five-part series on the state of mental health in the NBA.
Producer Tonya Malinowski describes her dual role of writing for ESPN.com and producing video for the “Bonds Of Earth” E:60 story.
Investigative reporter Tisha Thompson shares her experience with murder-for-hire stories and the approach she takes when dealing with these complicated topics.
Producer Dan Arruda discusses what intrigued him about a man on a running mission for cancer awareness.
EDITOR’S NOTE: For more incredible storytelling from ESPN be sure to check out the entries on Chartbeat’s Top 120 most engaging stories of the year. ESPN.com scored six stories on the list, including the top sports entry and the most entries on the list overall from a sports site. Seth Wickersham, Bill Barnwell, Matthew Berry and Cricinfo.com (three citations) represent ESPN on the list.
3. Bowl Games continue with a great lineup on Wednesday, Dec. 26 beginning with the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl between Boston College and Boise State at 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN followed by the Quick Lane Bowl between Minnesota and Georgia Tech at 5:15 p.m. and capping off the day with the Cheez-It-Bowl between California and TCU at 9 p.m.
4. College Football Playoff Semifinals: coverage begins Thursday, Dec. 27 from Arlington and Miami ahead of the Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl. The Goodyear Cotton Bowl between No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Notre Dame will be played at 4 p.m. ET on Dec. 29 followed by the Capital One Orange Bowl between No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Oklahoma at 8 p.m.
– Molly Mita