Granite Media welcomes Eric Ortiz as senior editor of its forthcoming Stadium Talk site, which will cover ongoing conversations and stories in the world of sports.
Stadium Talk, which will launch in September, will be Granite’s fourth vertical, joining Work + Money, Far & Wide and FamilyMinded in its growing portfolio. Stadium Talk will publish stories about athletes, teams and fans, covering the thrill and anguish of both playing and watching sports at all levels.
“I am excited to join the talented team at Granite Media and start the next chapter of my journey,” Eric said. “I grew up playing sports and developed a love for every game. Legendary athletes, coaches and journalists like Magic Johnson, John Wooden and Jim Murray shaped my outlook on not only sports but life. As I learned a long time ago, sports connect us and reveal character, and there are no shortcuts to creating excellence.”
Eric is a former editor at ESPN.com, the founding editor of NESN.com for New England Sports Network and, most recently, managing editor of Truthdig. He was awarded a John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship from Stanford University and is the founder of the journalism startup Evrybit, which expanded access to mobile reporting and storytelling.
He also has taught at University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism and currently works with two nonprofits, serving as executive director of a journalism program with the Lennox School District in Southern California and as executive editor of the Community Based News Room, a public newsroom collaboration with Law at the Margins, a social justice organization in New York City.
“After starting my career in sports media, I am ready to get back to my roots and create something that is rare in journalism today: a profitable publishing model,” Eric said. “That starts by returning to the fundamentals of journalism and telling important, high-quality stories. I look forward to helping build on Granite's success and developing Stadium Talk into a championship site that humanizes the world of sports and sparks conversations for every type of fan.”
We are thrilled to have Eric join our growing team and look forward to the stories to come.