Steve Anderson recently retired after a 35-year career at ESPN and ABC Sports. Steve joined ESPN seven months after the network launched in 1979, eventually becoming a producer. He then served over 25 years in various senior management roles overseeing TV, Radio and International production departments and shows including SportsCenter, Outside the Lines, NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, College Football and Basketball live event and studio productions. Steve was proud to serve on ESPN’s Editorial Board, the Executive Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and was the Executive Champion of ESPN’s Women’s Employee Group.
After growing up in the New York City area and graduating from The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, Steve returned to the city and spent two years as an assistant basketball coach at Fordham University. Over his six years on college campuses, while exploring the many different genres of music including Rock, Blues, Jazz, Reggae, Folk and Country, Steve’s love and appreciation for music developed into a true passion.
Later when Steve realized his teenage son, Matt, shared the same serious interest in music, the two embarked on a quest to see many of the legends who were still performing including Les Paul, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, BB King, Levon Helm, and Buddy Guy, to name a few. The highlight of their music exploration was a two-week trip through Mississippi, Louisiana, New Orleans, Memphis, and Chicago visiting various music clubs, juke joints, and attending blues festivals along the way.
Steve is honored to join the board of this important organization dedicated to promoting social, economic, and racial justice through music and the arts.