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ESPN Investigative Unit Producer to Visit Kent State, Nov. 5

Posted Oct. 26, 2012

Dwayne Bray

Dwayne Bray, senior coordinating producer for ESPN, will visit Kent State University in November to share insight into how ESPN manages to balance its journalistic duties and its business relationships with the top sports leagues and conferences whose games it broadcasts.

Bray, who oversees reporters for ESPN's well-respected "Outside the Lines" and "SportsCenter" programs, will share some of his team's work and "give the 30,000-foot view of ESPN, including newsgathering, production and competing in today's media world."

The lecture is set for 2:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, in the FirstEnergy Auditorium in Franklin Hall. It is free and open to the public. Kent State students will tweet live from the event using the hashtag #brayatjmc.

"It is an important part of our ongoing diversity initiative to expose our students to successful minorities who can serve as role models in the professions they are studying," said Thor Wasbotten, the director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State.

Prior to joining ESPN, Bray was assistant sports editor (2004-05), sports editor (2004-05), and deputy managing editor (2005-06) of the Dallas Morning News, assistant metro editor (1995-97) and sports editor (1997-2000) of the Dayton Daily News, and courts reporter at the Los Angeles Times (1993-95).

"Dwayne is a friend and former boss of mine," said Sue Valerian, an adjunct instructor in Kent State's School of Journalism and Mass Communication, who helped arrange Bray's visit. "Several of my students want to go into sports broadcasting or write about sports. Either way, Dwayne has experience in both areas. And today, the lines are blurred between print and broadcast. Students need to be proficient in both writing and shooting video. Dwayne's experience can help students learn about what it means to be a sports journalist today. And really, what it means to be a journalist in any area."

Valerian hopes Bray's presentation will give students perspective, knowledge and insight into what it take to do good journalism.

"I hope Dwayne helps students understand that they have to be a student of the news and use judgment and instinct to succeed," Valerian said. "Bray is a good role model for aspiring, young journalists. He's grounded but ambitious. He's street smart and book smart. He's a terrific journalist who's passionate about great stories and uncovering the truth."

Bray is an East Cleveland native.

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In its 75th year, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University is a leading accredited journalism school with cutting-edge curriculum and facilities. The school's mission is focused on understanding the media marketplace and media-related careers while providing professional undergraduate and master's programs within the liberal arts tradition. JMC teaches its students to gather information, to present it clearly and to think critically within a legal and ethical framework. It serves as a resource for professional practitioners, for media consumers and for Kent State University. For more information, visit jmc.kent.edu

Media contact: Jennifer Kramer, APR, 330-672-1960, jlkramer@kent.edu