Welcome to Episode 2 of the ESPN PRod Pod, the official podcast of the ESPN Communications Department. Hosted by various ESPN PR professionals, the PRod Pod takes you behind ESPN’s unmatched storytelling by introducing the people behind the content – who they are, where they’re from and how they create the magic.
In this episode, Communications Associate Producer Jon McLeod welcomes The Undefeated’s Deputy Editor Sharon Matthews to the podcast, where they trace Sharon’s path to ESPN, early influences and the amazing tale of searching for pre-NBA LeBron James in Akron, Ohio. Matthews has been instrumental in ESPN’s Black History Always efforts and offers insight into how the project has been brought to life. Sharon also becomes the very first guest to enter the fast-paced “Fab 5” question zone, with McLeod and producer Kiana Lowe.