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In November 2013, Dave Roberts became vice president, ESPN Audio network content, overseeing a new group focused on overall strategy for national talk and play-by-play content. In November 2016, he added oversight of First Take production to his portfolio. He previously served as general manager of ESPN Radio New York. Before that, he held the role of senior coordinating producer, studio production, where he was in charge of ESPNEWS, including its move to a new high-definition set in March 2008. Roberts joined ESPN in 2004 as a coordinating producer, working on ESPNEWS, SportsCenter and Baseball Tonight. Roberts came to ESPN after more than 25 years in local news, both in front of and behind the camera, capped by three years as news director of WUSA-TV in Washington, D.C., 2001 – 2004. He began his television career in 1978 as a reporter for WEYI-TV in Flint, Mich. In 1980 he joined WFMY-TV in Greensboro, N.C., as a reporter. In 1982, he returned to his hometown of Detroit as an assignment editor for WJBK-TV. In 1984 he moved to KFSN-TV in Fresno, Calif., as executive producer. A year later he assumed that same role for WGHP-TV in High Point, N.C. In 1987, he became news director at WDTN-TV in Dayton, Ohio, where he was the first African-American news director in the state’s history. In 1991, he moved to WBAL-TV in Baltimore as news director and in 1996 he joined WXIA-TV in Atlanta in the same position. Once again, in Atlanta he was the city’s first African-American news director. A native of Detroit, Roberts earned a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications from Wayne State University in his hometown of Detroit.
September 23, 2019
First Take Helps Showcase HBCU Week In Wilmington, Del.
"First Take" participated in HBCU Week with a live telecast from the 76ers Fieldhouse in Wilmington, Del., last week.
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December 29, 2016
new chapter begins on ESPN January 3
First Take moves to ESPN on January 3 and it will mark the beginning of a new chapter for the…