'Conversation' series continues with ESPN's Chris Fowler

April 02, 2009

Respected ESPN college football studio host and play-by-play man Chris Fowler will visit Penn State to participate in a special event conducted by the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism at 2 p.m. Friday, April 24, in Alumni Hall of the HUB-Robeson Center.

A "conversation" and question-and-answer session with Fowler will be moderated by Malcolm Moran, the Knight Chair in Sports Journalism and Society and director of the Center for Sports Journalism. The session is free and open to the public.

Fowler, who watched some of his first college football games in person at Beaver Stadium when his father was a faculty member at Penn State in the 1970s, has been ESPN's primary college football studio host since 1989. He has anchored "College GameDay," the network's award-winning Saturday morning college football preview show, since 1990 and "The Weekend Kickoff Show" and "College Football Scoreboard" since 1991.

He has hosted ESPN's Heisman Trophy Presentation since the network began its coverage of the event in 1994, and ESPN's "Home Depot College Football Awards" show since its inception in 1993.

In addition, Fowler has hosted on-site and studio programming for men's college basketball, the Australian Open tennis tournament and Triple Crown horse racing. He also serves as host of ESPN Classic's "SportsCentury," the network's signature series.

In the past, Fowler has anchored "SportsCenter" and has served as co-host of the X Games (from its inception in 1995 through 2000) as well as the Winter X Games (1998-2000).

Fowler joined ESPN in July 1986 as the host/reporter of "Scholastic Sports America," a stint that lasted two years. In 1988, he began serving as a college football sideline reporter for two seasons. While on the college football beat, Fowler conducted an exclusive interview with former Oklahoma quarterback Charles Thompson, who was in prison at the time on drug charges.

Before joining ESPN, Fowler spent nearly two years at KCNC-TV, the NBC affiliate in Denver, as a production assistant, a producer/writer and as a sports reporter. In 1984, he worked for several months at Denver's CBS affiliate KMGH-TV as an intern in the sports department.

Fowler received a bachelor's degree in radio/television news from the University of Colorado in 1985. He was the first recipient of the Alan Berg Memorial Journalism Scholarship, awarded by the Denver Press Club.

Earlier in the 2008-09 academic year, the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism played host to author/commentator John Feinstein and ABC/ESPN play-by-play man Brent Musburger for separate special events as part of its "conversation" series. The first conversation conducted by the Center for Sports Journalism featured 19-time Emmy Award winner Bob Costas of NBC Sports on Oct. 2, 2006.

The Center, created in 2003 and housed in the College of Communications at Penn State, explores issues and trends in sports journalism through instruction, programming and research.

The Center facilitates and/or provides:
-- courses in sports writing; sports broadcasting; sports information; and sports, media and society;
-- lectures, panels and workshops on sports journalism topics, including the role and
impact of sports on society;
-- mentoring from working professionals and full-time faculty members;
-- on-campus sports journalism opportunities in broadcast and print;
-- off-campus sports journalism internships; and
-- research on sports journalism topics.

Four undergraduate courses comprise the core of offerings by the Center. Students who take advantage of the courses do so in state-of-the art classrooms and radio and TV studios. In addition, the Center regularly conducts seminars for college journalists at the Big Ten Conference football media days and the conference’s men’s basketball tournament.

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