Is a Career in Sports Journalism Your Goal?

Underwritten by TEGNA Foundatio

Have you watched journalists on the sidelines, or read sports coverage and thought, “That’s my dream job!” Join industry veterans and NAHJ Sports Task Force leaders, Iliana Limón Romero, Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, Joe Rodriguez, Director of Digital Content, MLS NEXT Pro, and Siera Santos, Host, MLB Networks on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 – 3 pm PST/5 pm CST/6 pm EST. They’ll share inside information on sports writing, breaking into the field, and how they’ve navigated being the only Latino in the newsroom.

The NAHJ Sports Task Force strives to provide development and support for student and professional NAHJ members working in all areas of sports media. We also are committed to holding organizations accountable as they pledge to provide more equitable workspaces.


This session is open to all journalists, including non-members.
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DATE/TIME: Wednesday, January 11, 2023 – 3 pm PST/ 5 pm CST/ 6 pm EST


Iliana Limón Romero (@LAT_Iliana)
Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, NAHJ Sports Task Force Co-chair

Iliana Limón Romero is the Los Angeles Times assistant managing editor for sports and sports editor. The El Paso native joined The Times in March 2021. She previously was the sports editor at the Orlando Sentinel, where she contributed to the paper’s Pulitzer finalist coverage of the Pulse nightclub shooting. Limón Romero is co-chair of the NAHJ Sports Task Force and president of the Association for Women in Sports Media. CCNMA named her one of the 10 most influential Latina journalists in California in 2022 and she is a past recipient of NAHJ's Dale Award.

Joe Rodriguez (@joedeportes)
Director of Digital Content, MLS NEXT Pro, NAHJ Sports Task Force Co-chair

Joe Rodriguez is a two-time National Emmy Award winner who has spent over a decade as a content leader for some of the most prestigious media companies in the world, like ESPN, Fox Sports, NBC Universal, and EA Sports. 

In 2018, he founded Infinite Multimedia, LLC, which allowed him to sharpen his entrepreneurial, management, and negotiation skills. 

Those skills and his data-driven content strategy paved the way for Joe to return to the corporate world, this time with Major League Soccer's newest venture MLS NEXT Pro as a Director of Digital Content.

Siera Santos (@SieraSantos)
Host, MLB Network, NAHJ Sports Task Force Member

Siera Santos hosts MLB Network studio programming, including Quick Pitch, MLB Big Inning and the pregame show for YouTube’s Game of the Week.

She was most recently the sports anchor at FOX 10 in Phoenix, covering the teams she grew up rooting for. 

Before returning to her hometown, Siera spent nearly five years as a sports broadcaster in Chicago where she served as the White Sox sideline reporter for the regional sports network NBC Sports Chicago and went on to host the station’s nightly flagship show.

She began her career as a news multimedia journalist in Colorado Springs before making her way to Oklahoma City where she transitioned back to her true love: sports. She also spent time as a sports anchor and reporter at the CBS duopoly in Los Angeles.

Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB)
Director of Talent Development & Diversity Outreach of Content, MLB

Jesse Sanchez is in 23rd year with MLB and second as Director, Talent Development and Diversity Outreach - Content. In the new role, he manages the company’s “seasonal” reporters while also providing career development opportunities for the entire writing staff. His duties also include working closely with MLB’s DEI group to strengthen relationships with diverse groups and create relationships with new ones. The transition to the new role began in 2021.

Sanchez was a sports writer for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for four years starting in 1997 and moved over to in 2001, where he served as a beat writer and national and international reporter focusing on Latin America/Caribbean and its players for more than two decades before transitioning into management. He’s been a mentor to countless reporters during his career and a member of NAHJ since 2000.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact Leslie-Anne Frank, Director of Next Gen Initiatives. We hope to see you soon virtually!


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