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ESPN News Anchor Michael Smith to Keynote Fall Journalism Conference at Loyola

Loyola press release - September 14, 2018

Michael Smith, anchor, commentator and reporter for ESPN, will be the keynote speaker at the Louisiana Journalism Education Association Fall 2018 conference, to be held Thursday, Sept. 27 at Loyola University New Orleans.

Smith will serve as Visiting Professional in Residence in the School of Mass Communication Sept. 25-27, working with mass communication majors at Loyola before opening the high school journalists’ conference.

“We are always delighted to have our distinguished alumni return to provide insight and encouragement to current students, and Michael is generous with his time and expertise,” said Sonya F. Duhé, Ph.D., director of the School of Mass Communication.

A member of the Loyola class of 2001, Smith was inducted in the School of Mass Communication’s alumni hall of fame, the Den of Distinction, in 2013.

Prior to joining ESPN, Michael was a reporter for the Boston Globe, serving as the paper’s NFL and New England Patriots beat writer. Michael began his journalism career while a student at Loyola University in his hometown of New Orleans, serving as a sports reporter and casino copy editor for the New Orleans Times-Picayune and sports columnist for the award-winning Loyola Maroon.

In 2004, Smith was hired by ESPN. He has regularly appeared on ESPN studio programs in a wide variety of roles, including as co-anchor for the for 6 p.m. eastern weekday edition of SportsCenter, ESPN’s flagship program; as an NFL reporter and insider for "SportsCenter", "NFL Live" and "Sunday NFL Countdown"; and in 2016 as the co-anchor for "Fantasy Football" Now. From 2011-2017, Smith co-hosted a daily midday talk show, first entitled “Numbers Never Lie” and later re-named “His & Hers,” after his popular podcast. He also periodically appears as a panelist on “Around the Horn” and was a correspondent for ESPN's news magazine show, “E:60.” Michael is a member of the 2017 Class of Henry Crown Fellows within the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute. He lives in Farmington, Conn., with his wife and three children.

The Louisiana JEA Fall Conference is being co-sponsored by the Press Club of New Orleans and the Loyola University New Orleans School of Mass Communication. It will include the Fall 2018 JEA/Tom Bell Silver Scribe Yearbook Contest, open to any Louisiana high school that produces a printed yearbook for the 2017-18 academic year.

Information on the conference is available by contacting Albert Dupont, Louisiana JEA president and instructor in the Loyola School of Mass Communication, at
jea.louisiana@gmail.com or 504-865-2653. Details are available at https://jealouisiana.org/568/state-conferences/loyola-jea-fall-2018-conference/.