Q: What is your current role at ESPN?
Romano: “I’m a Social Media Producer/Manager overseeing our NFL and MLB efforts. “
Q: What shows/segments do you work on?
Romano: “I oversee our NFL and MLB social media, so I’m involved in NFL LIVE, NFL Insiders, Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Football, Baseball Tonight, and Sunday Night Baseball.”
Q: How did you get your start at ESPN?
Romano: “The short story goes that in 1998, I interviewed for a position at ESPN as a producer in ESPN Radio. I didn’t get the job (it required five years of experience and I had five months) but I was able to come to ESPN, establish a few relationships, and get to meet some great people. Fast Forward to June of 2000, and I ended up applying for the exact same job. I came back to ESPN, interviewed, met some of the same people from two years earlier, and this time I was hired. I started my ESPN career on July 18, 2000.”
Q: What’s the most fun thing you’ve gotten to do at work?
Romano: “There’s been so many fun things, but the one that stands out was walking actor Will Ferrell around ESPN for a day back in 2008. He is as advertised: funny, smart, witty, entertaining, and also a very nice guy.”
Q: Who are some of your favorite athletes that you’ve gotten to meet?
Romano: “I’ve been fortunate to meet many athletes over the years, including some of my sports heroes like Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin and others. But my favorite athletes are the ones that I’ve gotten to go a little deeper with in our interaction – guys like Ryan Clark, David Tyree, London Fletcher in the NFL, Jared Dudley in the NBA, people with integrity, people who can carry a conversation beyond sports and into the game of life.”
Q: What role does your faith play in your work?
Romano: “My faith is the number one thing in all aspects of my life. When I’m at work, I’m there to do my job. But I know that if I love, serve, and care about my fellow employees, and do the best job I can do, then I’m honoring God.”
Q: What Bible verse is most relevant to you in your career?
Romano: “There’s a few verses that have stuck with me – First is Proverbs 3:5-6 – ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understand. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your path straight’. I’ve always tried to put God first, and in doing that, he’s directed my path of life, both at home and in my career. The other verse I like is Colossians 3:23 – ‘Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men’. That’s been a great verse in helping me approach my work, knowing that the ultimate person I’m trying to please is God.”
Jason has worked at ESPN for 16 years. Along with his wife and daughter, Jason resides in Bristol, CT. You can follow him on Twitter: @JasonRomano.