Tom Farrey

Reporter, ESPN; Director, Aspen Institute Sports & Society

Tom Farrey is a veteran ESPN reporter and director of the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program, which he founded in 2011. The vision for the program’s current initiative, the Aspen Institute’s Project Play, flowed from the publication of Game On: The All-American Race to Make Champions of Our Children, an investigation of the culture and structure of modern youth sports that since 2008 has become a required text in courses at many universities. Farrey’s television and online work on the topic of youth football safety anchored a package of Outside the Lines stories honored by Columbia University with a 2014 Alfred I. duPont Award, the most prestigious award in broadcast journalism – the first time ESPN has received a duPont in its 35-year history. In 2013, Farrey received an Edward R. Murrow Award. Two of his other Outside the Lines stories have won Sports Journalism Emmy Awards.