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Producer Profile - Robert Abbott, Coordinating Producer, ESPN's E:60

Friday, December 7, 2007 , Posted by Christopher Byrne at 8:44 AM, under , , , , , ,

Athens, GA (Dec 7, 2007) - Robert Abbott's, Coordinating Producer of ESPN's E:60, investigative work led to the firing of Bobby Knight at Indiana University. This is his profile as published by the ESPN Networks.

Robert Abbott, who joined ESPN in 2001, is the coordinating producer for E:60, the network’s first multi-themed prime-time newsmagazine series. He oversees overall production – staffing, editorial content, budgeting and story ideas – for the show, airing 15 episodes a year.

Abbott previously had served as a coordinating producer for ESPN Classic from 2004 to 2007, where he created, launched and was responsible for the production of 59 episodes of one of the network’s signature series – Top 5 Reasons You Can’t Blame. Also, from February 2003 to September 2004, Abbott was the coordinating producer for ESPN’s 25th anniversary programming, launched the Who’s #1?, The Headlines and the ESPN Silver Anniversary special programming.

From 2001 to 2003, he produced ESPN Classic’s critically-acclaimed SportsCentury series, profiling the sports personalities such as Baltimore Raven Ray Lewis, legendary NFL coach Bill Parcells, professional women’s tennis players – The Williams Sisters, and Jerry Jones’ Cowboys.

Prior to joining ESPN, Abbott was a producer for CNN (1987 – 2001). At CNN, Abbott served as an Olympics producer for 10 years, working on five Olympics. He also worked as a producer for CNN news shows and as investigative producer. His investigative work on Bob Knight’s coaching tactics eventually led to the firing of the legendary coach by Indiana University after 29 years at the school.

Abbott has been honored for his work, receiving an Sports Emmy for SportsCentury in 2001 and an Emmy for news and documentary for CNN’s Olympic Park Bombing in 1996. His 1999 Bob Knight investigation garnered a National Headliner Award for Sports Reporting.

A native of Miami, Fla., Abbott is a 1986 graduate of Florida State with a bachelor of science degree in communications.

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