In January 2014, Rob King was named ESPN Senior Vice President, Sports Center and News, transitioning from the digital and print arena to oversee all of SportsCenter and ESPN's newsgathering operations, and to lead the future efforts of the company’s biggest sub-brand.
He was named by Fast Company as one of its “Most Creative People 2014” for leading a major redesign of the most downloaded app in sports. The app allows fans to personalize and quickly download video clips, stories, and stats on their teams.
Previously, King was in charge of all content and the overall editorial direction of ESPN’s digital and print properties, including text, audio, video and multimedia content.
He also oversaw management of more than 200 editors, writers, and designers across ESPN.com and its network of related sites, ESPN The Magazine and espnW. He has worked with ESPN’s many news, information, and programming units to develop greater cross-platform integration and development of cross-media franchises.
King began his career in the newspaper business. From 1997–2004, he was at the Philadelphia Inquirer, serving as graphic artist, deputy sports editor, assistant managing editor, and deputy managing editor and, previously, at the Louisville Courier-Journal as a graphic artist, director of photography, and presentation editor.
King received a bachelor of arts degree in English from Wesleyan University and attended Penn State, studying journalism as part of the School of Communication’s inaugural graduate class.