Diversity at ESPN

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At ESPN, we know the next big idea can come at any time from anyone. That’s why we pride ourselves on recruiting the most capable minds. It gives us an equal playing field to work from and ensures camaraderie, respect and working relationships that we all can count on. We all learn together, we grow together, and most importantly, we triumph together.

Our diversity mission statement is: 

ESPN will embrace diversity to better serve our fans and customers. We strive to attract and retain talented and diverse people, and to create an inclusive environment where all employees can contribute to their fullest potential. In a changing world in which we endeavor to grow our business, it is imperative that ESPN’s workforce reflects the diversity of cultures, thinking and perspectives of its current and prospective fans and customers. Tapping the skills, ideas and perspectives of a diverse workforce will make us a better and more profitable company, and is key to sustaining our continued growth.

Paul Richardson, ESPN's Senior Vice President of Human Resources, was appointed in early 2011 to the position of Chief Diversity Officer of The Walt Disney Company.  

A few of our diversity awards include:

  • Asian-American Journalists Association 2010 Leadership in Diversity Award
  • DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity
  • DiversityInc's Top 10 Companies for Latinos
  • Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) - Best Companies for Women in Pay Equity
  • Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) - Outstanding Digital Journalism Article
  • Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) - Outstanding TV Journalism 

 Please read about our new Ally Program for LGBT. 

In a 2013 university study, ESPN was trending well in racial and gender hiring (source: The Institute of Diversity and Ethics in Sport


We create a culture that embraces ideas, experiences and all our professionals’ unique personalities. Click the chart and see how ESPN pulls it all together.