March 22, 2011
ESPN analyst to speak about journalism and entertainment at Marquette
Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 5 p.m.
Place: Helfaer Theatre, 525 N. 13th St.
Chris Broussard, ESPN The Magazine
and ESPN.com senior writer, will present “The Decision: Journalism, Gossip or Entertainment” for this year’s Axthelm Lecture
at the Marquette University J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is set for 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, in the Helfaer Theatre, 525 N. 13th St.
Broussard appears regularly on ESPN, serving as an NBA analyst on shows such as “SportsCenter,’’ “Outside the Lines, ” “ESPN’s First Take,’’ “NBA Fastbreak,’’ “NBA Coast to Coast,’’ “ESPN News” and “Mike and Mike in the Morning.’’ Last summer, he was among the nation’s most visible journalists consistently breaking news and offering perspective during the NBA’s free agency period that saw the league’s most valuable player, LeBron James, leave Cleveland for Miami.
Before joining ESPN in 2004, Broussard worked for six years at The New York Times
, where he was a beat writer for the New Jersey Nets and the New York Knicks as well as an NBA columnist. The Oberlin College graduate has also appeared on “ABC World News Tonight,” “Good Morning America,” “The Charlie Rose Show,’’ MSNBC, “Fox and Friends,” NBA-TV, MSG Network, several local New York City TV shows, and dozens of radio stations throughout the United States and Canada. He has also worked at the Cleveland Plain-Dealer
and Akron Beacon-Journal.
The Pete and Bonnie Axthelm Memorial Program was established to acknowledge and recognize the life of Pete Axthelm, a former writer at the New York Herald Tribune
, Sports Illustrated
, and his sister, Bonnie, a former Media Networks and 3M executive. Each year since 1994, the Axthelm Memorial Program has awarded one scholarship to an outstanding Marquette journalism student who has an interest in sports journalism. Since 1996, a notable journalist or executive has given the Axthelm lecture at Marquette. Past Axthelm speakers include former Newsday
columnist Jimmy Breslin; Steve Rushin, former Sports Illustrated
columnist and Marquette alumnus; USA Today
sportswriter Christine Brennan, and Norby Williamson, ESPN executive senior vice president of studio and event production. Media wishing to speak to Broussard should contact Tim Cigelske in the Office of Marketing and Communication at (414) 288-4864.