New York Times Correspondent Jumps to ESPN

Sam Borden will cover a wide range of sports

From Paris to Bristol, Ct. is not exactly a well-worn trajectory. But when the purview is as expansive as the one tendered to Sam Borden by ESPN, it makes personal and professional sense.

Per an announcement, Borden has given up his post as New York Times foreign sports correspondent in Paris in favor of a writer and TV contributor position withe ESPN. He will cover soccer, the Olympics and more:

A graduate of Emory University, Borden began his career as the Yankees beat writer for the New York Daily News, and paved his journalism career with stints at the Florida Times-Union, The Journal News and The New York Times, where he worked for five years. He was heavily involved in the Times’ investigative efforts in the FIFA corruption scandals, and has covered all manner of global sport throughout his career.

“As we grow both our global coverage and audience, Sam’s vast experience and deep insight on major international sports will add to the depth and breadth of the excellent work being done around the world,” said Patrick Stiegman, vice president, ESPN global digital content. “We’ve admired his work for many years, and we are thrilled to have him join our strong contingent of enterprise reporters at ESPN.”

Borden’s most recent piece for the Times was an interview with new Formula One CEO Chase Carey. He collected a number of AP Sports Editor Awards during his time with the paper, most recently for coverage of the FIFA corruption scandal.

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