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Sport Management Advisory Board - Joe Franco

With a broadcasting career spanning five decades, Joe helped to pioneer the cable industry. His career began upon graduating from SCSU in 1979 when a new network was launched in Bristol, Connecticut—the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN).

He left ESPN in 1982 to help launch Satellite News Channel as an editor/producer. After the network’s demise, He returned to ESPN as a freelance editor. Shortly thereafter, Joe accepted a vacation relief position at ABC News in Washington, DC, where his assignments included ABC World News Tonight, Good Morning America and Nightline, covering the 1984 Olympic Games and the 1984 presidential election.

Joe returned to ESPN for the third and final time in 1985 and held various management positions in production operations, covering numerous national college and professional sporting events, earning four national Emmys along the way. In 1996, he played a pivotal role in the launch of ESPN’s 24 Hour news/information network “ESPN News”.

After 29 years of being on the front lines of live studio and remote productions, Joe’s role at ESPN took another turn when he became an ambassador for the ESPN brand with his transition to Manager of University and Diversity Relations under Human Resources. With this position, Joe had the opportunity to influence the next generation of multi-media professionals. He became a trusted mentor to students, and a respected partner with both academia and career services advisors, collaborating with more than 150 colleges and universities around the country, and influencing countless young people who were awarded internships, co-ops and entry level opportunities with ESPN/The Walt Disney Company.

Joe continues to mentor and build confidence in aspiring multi-media professionals and others as an independent personal branding and career consultant, working with career services at colleges and universities throughout the country.