During this virtual event, you’ll connect with top sports reporters, editors, marketing professionals and employers working in Philadelphia and around the country. Learn about their careers and how to start yours, get tips on sports reporting and make contacts that could impact your future.

Event Agenda

  • 1:00 p.m. — Keynote Speaker: Jay HarrisAnchor at ESPN
  • 2:15 p.m. — Breakout Rooms
  • 3:15 p.m. — Student Recruitment Session

Keynote Address

Starting at 1pm, join us for a keynote address from ESPN’s Jay Harris. Following the keynote address, you will be invited to join a Zoom session to jump around our many breakout sessions.

Jay Harris
Anchor at ESPN

Jay Harris is an award-winning sports anchor who has become synonymous with ESPN. Working with the channel since 2003, Harris has seen about every time slot in the broadcast day, from early morning to late night to noon. All together, he has over 25 years of experience in radio and television journalism, including his 17 at ESPN. While at ESPN, Harris has hosted a significant number of shows, including Sportscenter, Outside The Lines, NFL Live, Baseball Tonight, Cold Pizza, First Take and more.

He has been honored with many awards, some of which include SportsCenter’s Emmy-winning coverage in both 2004 and 2005, a Silver World Medal from the New York Festival Awards, a Robert L. Vann Award from the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation and an EXCEL Award from the Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals.

Breakout Sessions

Following the keynote address, use the links below to join our Zoom session. Upon entering the Zoom session, you will be able to choose the breakout room your would like to join. At any time during the session, you can leave a breakout room and jump into another one.

PR and Advertising

Dr. Kenon Brown
Assistant Professor of Advertising and Public Relations, University of Alabama

As the Programming Director for the Alabama Program in Sports Communication, Kenon A. Brown (@kenonabrown) is responsible for stakeholder communication and events for the program. He also consults with several regional and national clients, specifically assisting with market research and strategic planning.

Talent Agent

Dave Brunner
Owner, DB & Associates Talent Agency

David Brunner has been a TV/radio reporter for network and local stations; a news director for major markets in TV and radio; and a talent manager and consultant on the national and local levels. He founded DB & Associates in 1993, and it has since become a premier full-service agency representing the best talent in TV & radio.

Sports Radio

Zach Gelb
Host, Zach Gelb Show on CBS Sports Radio

Zach Gelb is the host of The Zach Gelb Show on CBS Sports Radio. He has hosted shows on WFAN, WIP, 97.5 The Fanatic, WEEI, WNJE and Sirius XM. Gelb graduated from Temple University with a degree in media studies & production in 2016. During his time at Temple, Gelb was the sports director for WHIP,and a TV anchor for OwlSports Update.

Corporate Media, Marketing and Branding

Ben Jankowski
Senior Vice President of Global Media, Mastercard

Ben Jankowski is responsible for managing the MasterCard investment in marketing communications. He has held roles in virtually every part of the media agency, including planning and trading domestically in the U.S. and China, as well as serving global clients such as GE, Pepsico, Johnson & Johnson, P&G and others.

Print, Sports Beat Reporting

Dana O’Neil
Senior Writer, The Athletic

Dana O’Neil is a senior writer and national men’s basketball reporter at The Athletic. She has previously worked at ESPN.com, the Philadelphia Daily News, Bucks County Courier Times and The Trentonian. She has previously served as president of the USBWA, one of just two women to hold the position.

Former Coach

Tina Sloan Green
Co-founder, Black Women in Sport Foundation

As the first African American head coach in the history of women’s intercollegiate lacrosse, Professor Sloan Green was head coach of the Temple’s Women’s Lacrosse Team from 1973-1992. She has co-authored two books, Black Women in Sport and Modern Women’s Lacrosse, and has written chapters in several books as well.

Live Sports Production and Management

Jon Slobotkin
Senior Vice President, NBCUniversal

Jon Slobotkin is responsible for all game, studio and multi-platform programming for all live content across NBC Sports Regional Networks. He is a six-time Mid-Atlantic Region Emmy Award Winner and a proud Temple alumnus.

Klein Recruitment Session

Are you an incoming student interested in media and communications? Are you a current students looking to add a minor in media and communication to your current degree? Following the breakout session, stick around to talk with Assistant Director for Recruitment Marnice Charles to learn more about Klein’s academic programs including our new Sports Media Certificate.

Klein’s academic programs and location make it the perfect place to study media and communication.

Klein’s undergraduate programs encourage students to take advantage of Philadelphia’s rich history and its position as the nation’s fourth-largest media market through innovative curriculum that makes the city their classroom. Klein students enjoy the resources of a large, urban research institution, and they combine those benefits with the one-on-one relationships and mentorship available in more close-knit college settings. They gain an affordable education that connects their interests and passion with 21st century challenges.