Mike Skarka

Mike Skarka

I joined ESPN as a member of the communications department in October of 2014 and was immediately immersed in its history as I was responsible for the development and publicity efforts surrounding the company archive. Following that, I was involved with the network’s promotion of all things MLB and Little League World Series. Today, I manage communications strategies for ESPN’s morning debate show First Take, Stephen A’s World, ESPN Radio and more.
Three Things To Know About The Making Of “ESPN Cover Story: Jonquel Jones”
WNBA

Three Things To Know About The Making Of “ESPN Cover Story: Jonquel Jones”

Features writer Katie Barnes talks about showcasing the reigning WNBA MVP's personal journey to becoming the face of the league
Three Things to Know About the Making of “ESPN Cover Story: Oklahoma Softball”
ESPN The Magazine

Three Things to Know About the Making of “ESPN Cover Story: Oklahoma Softball”

"I hope that readers get a sense for how much work and talent are a part of Oklahoma's winning formula…
How to Bring “First Take” on the Road
Behind The Scenes

How to Bring “First Take” on the Road

"First Take" Senior Production Coordinator Elizabeth Hembekides explains what goes into making on-location episodes memorable.
“Jackie To Me”: Go Inside ESPN’s 10-Part Video Series Honoring Jackie Robinson’s Legacy
MLB

“Jackie To Me”: Go Inside ESPN’s 10-Part Video Series Honoring Jackie Robinson’s Legacy

The series is part of the season-long Jackie 75 project as ESPN commemorates the 75th anniversary of the sports legend…
Three Things to Know About the Making of “ESPN Cover Story: Coach K” Debuting Today
ESPN The Magazine

Three Things to Know About the Making of “ESPN Cover Story: Coach K” Debuting Today

Senior writer Wright Thompson on Duke's Mike Krzyzewski: “I hope people see him as a human being and not some…
Three Things to Know About the Making of “ESPN Cover Story: Trae Young”
ESPN The Magazine

Three Things to Know About the Making of “ESPN Cover Story: Trae Young”

"He’s the face of a franchise, an all-star with postseason success, and yet, he still feels like an open question.…
Three Things to Know About the Making of ESPN Cover Story: Francis Ngannou
ESPN The Magazine

Three Things to Know About the Making of ESPN Cover Story: Francis Ngannou

Writer Tim Keown on UFC Heavyweight Champion Ngannou's saga: "He began working in a sand mine at nine years old…
ESPN’s VP Digital Production Mike Foss On The Launch Of Debatable And The Future of Digital Studio Shows
ESPN.com

ESPN’s VP Digital Production Mike Foss On The Launch Of Debatable And The Future of Digital Studio Shows

"Even people who have done TV together for years show a different side of themselves in this environment because there's a new…
ESPN’s Emily Kaplan Takes Readers Inside Her Auston Matthews Cover Story
ESPN The Magazine

ESPN’s Emily Kaplan Takes Readers Inside Her Auston Matthews Cover Story

"The sacrifices Auston's parents made and the support they gave their son to help see him succeed really resonated with…
Journalism on Display: Raina Kelley Named VP And EIC Of The Undefeated
Journalism Showcase

Journalism on Display: Raina Kelley Named VP And EIC Of The Undefeated

Kelley succeeds Kevin Merida, who launched the project five years ago; here's a sampling of the reaction from ESPN and…
Journalism on Display: ‘When proper work is applied, dreams turn into reality’
Journalism Showcase

Journalism on Display: ‘When proper work is applied, dreams turn into reality’

Writer Dotun Akintoye speaks with UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman in the latest ESPN Cover Story ahead of UFC 261
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