Leon Carter, a co-founder of the Sports Journalism Institute, has announced this week he has joined The Athletic staff as its editorial director, talent and development. He will be responsible for overseeing and implementing talent development programs, partnering with the People & Talent team on strategic initiatives, and working with editorial leadership across a broad range of projects.
He departs ESPN after a ten-year run as a vice president. Previously he was an editor at the New York Daily News for ten years.
"Leon joins us after ten years at ESPN where his key projects included the launch of ESPN New York, overseeing multiple ESPN local sites, and spearheading the early stages of the Undefeated. He was previously an award-winning sports editor for the New York Daily News from 1999-2010 and brings more than 30 years of experience in sports journalism," The Athletic said in a statement.