Charley Steiner Symposium


2017 Charley Steiner Symposium Schedule

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

9:00 am- 10:15 am: What Can You Do with a Post-Graduate Education?
Caterpillar Global Communication Center 126
Panelists: President Gary Roberts, Dr. Andy Billings, Kathryn Statz
Moderator: Dr. Paul Gullifor 

10:30 am – 11:45 am: Sports Public Relations
Caterpillar Global Communication Center 126
Panelists: Steve Brener, Rob Tobias, Lou D’Ermilio, Michael Teevan
Moderator: Charley Steiner 

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm: New Media Challenges and Opportunities
Caterpillar Global Communication Center 126
Panelists: Brad Burke, Julie DiCaro, Megan Gorecki, Emily Kaplan
Moderator: Dr. Sara Netzley 

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm: Evolution of Storytelling
Caterpillar Global Communication Center 126
Panelists: Bob Nightengale, Susan Slusser, Andy McCullough, Rick Telander, Rick Hummel
Moderator: Dave Kindred 

3:00 pm – 4:15 pm: Perspectives of the Olympics and Paralympics
Caterpillar Global Communication Center 126
Panelists: Dr. Andy Billings, Phil Hersh, Dr. Andrea Bundon, Matt Savoie
Moderator: Dr. Dunja Antunovic 

7:00 pm: The Rise and Fall of ESPN
Hayden-Clark Alumni Center Peplow Pavilion
Panelists: Charley Steiner, Jim Miller
Moderator: Larry King


Biographies for 2017 Symposium

BillingsDr. Andy Billings

Andrew Billings is the Executive Director of the Alabama Program in Sports Communication and Ronald Reagan Chair of Broadcasting in the Department of Journalism and Creative Media. His research interests lie in the intersection of sport, mass media, consumption habits, and identity-laden content. With 14 books and over 140 journal articles and book chapters, he is one of the most published sports media scholars in the world. His books include Olympic Television: Broadcasting the Biggest Show on Earth (Routledge, 2017) and The Fantasy Sport Industry: Games within Games (Routledge, 2014) and his journal outlets include the Journal of CommunicationJournalism & Mass Communication QuarterlyMass Communication & Society, and the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media. His writings have been translated into five languages. He also serves on many editorial boards, including as an Associate Editor of the journal Communication & Sport. Billings’ work has won numerous awards from organizations such as the National Communication Association, the Broadcast Education Association, and the Association for Education in Mass Communication and Journalism. He is the current chair of the Communication & Sport Division of the National Communication Association, a former Research Symposium Chair for the Broadcaster Education Association, and the former chair of the Sport Communication Interest Group of the International Communication Association. He has lectured in nations around the world, from Spain to China to Austria. His work in the classroom has also earned him many teaching awards. He has been interviewed over 500 times by media outlets ranging from The New York Times to The Los Angeles Times to ESPN. Billings has also consulted with many sports media agencies and is a past holder of the Invited Chair of Olympism at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

BrenerSteve Brener

BZA president Steve Brener is recognized as one of the top sports publicists in the country. Brener had worked five years for the California Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers when he was named to the position of LA Dodgers Publicity Director at age 24, making him the youngest publicity director in major league baseball history. After spending the majority of his professional life with the Dodgers, Brener moved on to the sport of Thoroughbred racing when he was named vice-president of marketing and public relations for the famed Hollywood Park racetrack in 1987. In 1988, Brener launched his own public relations firm and two years later merged his business with that of his former partner, Toby Zwikel, forming Brener Zwikel & Associates, Inc. Brener serves on numerous foundations and boards including the Jim Murray Foundation board and the advisory board of the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission.

BundonDr. Andrea Bundon

Andrea Bundon is an Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada). Her work, which spans the fields of sport sociology and critical disability studies explores the intersections of sport, disability and social inclusion. Her research on the Paralympic Movement and the experiences of para-athletes has been published in international peer-reviewed journals including The Journal of Sport and Social Issues and Disability and Society. She has also contributed chapters to handbooks and edited collections including: The Palgrave Handbook of Paralympic Studies, The Palgrave Handbook of Feminism in Sport, Leisure and Physical Education and Disability and Social Media: Global Perspectives (Ashgate Publishing). She is also recognized for her innovative use of digital technologies to study sport culture and is the editor of the recently released book Digital Qualitative Research in Sport and Physical Activity.

BurkeBrad Burke

Brad Burke is a Peabody Award-winning content creator and integrated media strategist with more than a decade of experience leading innovative programming for iconic brands and organizations. Named 2017 PR Agency Person of the Year nationally by PR News, Brad blends sharp storytelling into fully integrated media campaigns for iconic companies like Gatorade, Verizon, Mars Chocolate, Mondelez International and more. His work has appeared at virtually every major sporting event, including the Super Bowl, NFL Draft, the NBA Finals, the MLB All-Star Game, Daytona 500, the WNBA and the World Cup.

In 2015, Brad founded the new media venture Just Not Sports, which covers the personality and culture around sports. Thanks to daring campaigns like #MoreThanMean, which confronted online harassment of women in sports by having real guys read real harassing comments to female journalists, Just Not Sports earned the 2016 Peabody Award, plus honors from Cannes Lions, Clios, Gracies, Webbys, Mashies, Shortys, Digiday, Tellys, Bronze Anvils, the PR Platinum Awards and more.

dermilioLou D’Ermilio

Lou D’Ermilio is an experienced, highly-regarded sports communications executive, with an extensive background guiding multiple television networks and professional sports organizations, while advising high-profile media personalities, including numerous active and former athletes turned broadcasters. He recently launched LOUD Communications, a boutique sports communications firm providing strategic, personalized, senior level communications services.

Prior to establishing his new business, D’Ermilio steered internal and external communications strategies for some of the most influential organizations in American sports including FOX Sports, CBS Sports and the New York Yankees. He has been involved with launching multiple sports channels including FOX Sports, Big Ten Network, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Sports Net.

In those roles, D’Ermilio coordinated messaging for virtually every major live televised sports event including the Super Bowl, Olympic Winter Games, World Series, NCAA basketball and football championships, Stanley Cup finals, Daytona 500, UFC, golf’s U.S. Open, FIFA Women’s World Cup and UEFA Champions League, along with countless sports news, talk, entertainment and documentary programs. He also initiated FOX Sports’ social media efforts

He also brings an extensive background working with major sports personalities such as Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson, Jeff Gordon, John Madden, Pat Summerall, Jim Nantz, Alex Rodriguez, Pete Rose, Don Mattingly, Dave Winfield, Michael Strahan, Tim McCarver, Joe Buck, Pam Oliver, Cris Collinsworth, Mike Emrick, Troy Aikman, Darrell Waltrip, Erin Andrews, Gus Johnson, Bill Raftery and Alexi Lalas among many others.

Prior to joining FOX Sports in 1994, D’Ermilio served as an associate director, communications, CBS Sports from September 1990 to April 1994. While at CBS, his publicity responsibilities included the network’s coverage of the NFL, MLB, NASCAR, the NCAA Women’s Final Four, and in 1993 he was the lead publicist for The NFL Today. He also served the network at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games in Albertville, France and the 1994 “Tonya & Nancy” Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway. Other highlights included the Madden/Summerall 10th Anniversary season, Super Bowl XXVI in Minneapolis, and the classic, seven-game 1991 World Series between the Twins and Braves.

From January 1989 to August 1990, D’Ermilio worked as a media relations manager at Capital Sports, Inc., a Stamford, Conn.-based sports marketing firm. In addition to his primary work as a publicity manager for the Equitable Old Timer’s Series, he also served as the media relations director for the Bausch & Lomb Championships, a CSI-owned WTA event.

D’Ermilio began his professional career as a seasonal employee in the New York Yankees ticket office in April 1980, while still an undergraduate. After three seasons in a variety of ticket office capacities, he was hired full time by the Yankees as a public relations assistant in November 1982. In that position, he coordinated team promotional and marketing events, on-field activities, answered fan mail, wrote yearbook copy and served as circulation manager for Yankees Magazine.

In February 1984, he was promoted to assistant director, media relations, and worked in that capacity through the end of 1988. In that position, he wrote daily press notes and press releases, maintained player statistics, devised a new clip filing system, developed an enhanced media credentialing system, wrote and edited team press guides and yearbooks, was an occasional team spokesman and accompanied the team on road trips and spring training. While championships eluded the mid-1980s Yankees, D’Ermilio bore season-long witness to the great Don Mattingly-Dave Winfield competition for the 1984 American League batting championship, which was decided on the season’s last day, and Mattingly’s incredible 1985 MVP season. He has several personal “Seinfeld-like” stories from his Yankees’ days, including multiple firings, road trips gone awry and taking one team-mandated lie-detector test.

DiCaroJulie DiCaro

Julie DiCaro is a sports radio host, writer, and speaker in Chicago, IL. When not hosting on 670 The Score, she writes for media outlets such as the Washington Post, the New York Times, Vice, and Fansided. A Peabody Award winner for 2016's #MoreThanMean campaign, Julie frequently speaks to young women about online harassment, empowering women in media, and violence against women. 

GoreckiMegan Gorecki

Megan Gorecki graduated from the Charley Steiner School of Sports Communication in December 2015 with a minor in Social Media Marketing. At Bradley University, Megan participated in Braves Vision and the Hollywood Semester where she gained professional experience. She is currently a social media producer for the Big Ten Network creating content for all 14 Big Ten schools. After graduation, Megan accepted a job at MLB as an associate social media coordinator. There she focused on live-tweeting games and creating graphics and GIFS that were showcased on social media throughout the 2016 MLB season. 

HershPhil Hersh

Philip Hersh spent 28 years as Olympic sports writer for the Chicago Tribune.  He has covered 18 Olympics -- 10 Winter and 8 Summer -- seven soccer World Cups (four men, three women), 30 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, 13 World Figure Skating Championships, 12 World Track and Field Championships, two Pan American Games and more than two dozen other national championships in Olympic sports.

As an internationally recognized expert in the field, Hersh has appeared on the NBC Today Show and Nightly News; the ABC Evening News; CBS Sunday Morning and CBS Olympic coverage; ESPN’s Sportsweek; CNN; Chicago Tonight; Monitor Radio, PBS Radio and NPR.

He also covered many major events in U.S. college and pro sports, including the Super Bowl, World Series, Stanley Cup playoffs, NBA playoffs, the Preakness, NCAA basketball Final Four (men’s and women’s) and bowl games.  He has profiled hundreds of leading professional, collegiate and Olympic athletes.Hersh has reported from some 50 countries. His purview has encompassed Olympic politics (including such things as Chicago's failed bid for the 2016 Summer Games). His favorite part of the job has been using sport as a way to write about the culture of a country or an athlete.

Hersh was born in Boston and graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in French and did advanced study in Spanish and Italian.  He worked for the Gloucester (Mass.) Daily Times, Baltimore Evening Sun, Chicago Daily News and Chicago Sun-Times before joining the Tribune in 1984.

He has been a four-time nominee for the Pulitzer Prize and a winner of multiple Associated Press Sports Editors annual writing awards, Chicago Headline Club awards and Chicago Society of Black Journalists award.  A German publication, SportIntern, ranked him among the 100 most influential people in international sport 15 times.  Hersh received a 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the United States Sports Academy "for his commitment to reporting on the global world of sport, including his notable coverage of the Olympic Games."

N.Y. Times columnist George Vecsey wrote that "among the qualities of an ideal journalist is the international vision of Phil Hersh."  Noting the writer’s “long and illustrious career” in a letter to Hersh following his retirement from the Tribune in November, 2015, International Olympic Committee President ThomasBach also said: “At every edition of the OIympic Games one can be certain of three things: A spectacular opening ceremony, a global audience watching the world’s finest athletes compete for gold, and Phil Hersh asking difficult questions on behalf of his readers.”

HummelRick Hummel

Rick Hummel, who began his career at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1971,  was the 2006 recipient of the J. G. Taylor Spink Award for baseball writing and was honored at the 2007 Hall of Fame ceremonies in Cooperstown, N.Y. He also was elected to the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2008, the Quincy (Ill.) High School  Hall of Fame in 2008 and the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.

Having covered his first major league game in 1973, Hummel has witnessed  more than 5,000 games for the Post-Dispatch as the paper's Cardinals beat man for 24 years and then as the paper's baseball columnist for 11 years before he returned to beat writing. He has covered 36 World Series and 39 All-Star Games.

Hummel was national president of the Baseball Writers Association of America in 1994 and was voted Missouri sports writer of the year three times by the National Sportswriters and Sportcasters' Association. For the last 15 years, he has served on the Baseball Hall of Fame Overview Committee which reviews the candidacies of former players, managers, executives and umpires for possible selection to the Hall by the Veterans Committee.

He and Tony La Russa collaborated on a best-selling book titled "One Last Strike" after La Russa managed the Cardinals to the World Series title in his final season, 2011.

Hummel is a 1968 University of Missouri (Journalism School) graduate and graduated from Quincy (Ill.) High School in 1964. After high school, he attended Quincy College for two years. He served in the Army from 1968-71 and worked for the Colorado Springs Free Press from 1969-71 while stationed in Colorado Springs, Colo.

He has three children, Scott (43), Christy (39) and Lauren (25) and two grandchildren. His wife, Melissa, who has a daughter, Camilla (26),  is an interior designer in the St. Louis area.

KaplanEmily Kaplan

Emily Kaplan is a national NHL reporter for ESPN. She is a 2013 Penn State graduate. While in school she covered the football team, and the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal, as an intern for the Philadelphia Inquirer and as a stringer for the Associated Press. After graduation, she joined Sports Illustrated as a staff writer where she mostly wrote for The MMQB, a NFL microsite headed by Peter King.

kingLarry King

Larry King is a television and radio host, actor, voice actor and comedian who began his career as a local Florida journalist and radio interviewer in the 1950s and 1960s and became a prominent as an all night national radio broadcaster starting in 1978. From 1985-2010, he hosted the nightly interview television program Larry King Live on CNN. He currently hosts Larry King Now and Politicking with Larry King on OraTV, Hulu and RT America.

Throughout his career King has interviewed many of the leading figures of his time. According to CNN, King has performed more than 30,000 interviews in his career. King has received many broadcasting awards. He won the Peabody Award for Excellence in broadcasting for both his radio (1982) and television (1992) shows. He has also won 10 Cable ACE awards for Best Interviewer and for Best Talk Show Series. In 1989, King was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame, and in 1996 to the Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame. In 2002, the industry publication Talkers Magazine named King the top television talk show host of all time. He was given the Golden Mike Award for Lifetime Achievement in January 2009 by the Radio & television News Association of Southern California. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Human Letters from Bradley University.  

mcculloughAndy McCullough

Andy McCullough covers the Los Angeles Dodgers for The Los Angeles Times. He joined The Times in 2016 after stints at The Kansas City Star and The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J. His work has been honored four times in the Associated Press Sports Editors annual writing contest, for beat writing, deadline writing and enterprise writing. A graduate of Syracuse University, he grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia. 

MillerJim Miller

James Andrew Miller is an award-winning journalist who has worked in politics, media, and entertainment in a career spanning more than 20 years.

Mr. Miller is the author of the recently released NYT best selling book Powerhouse, The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency. Prior to that, he was the co-author of the national #1 NYT bestseller Those Guys Have All the Fun, Inside the World of ESPN, and Live From New York, An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live, which was on the NYT list for 5 months and was named by Fortune as one of the top 75 “Smartest Books We Know.” His first book, RUNNING IN PLACE: Inside the Senate, was also a bestseller.

Mr. Miller got his start as a member of the Television Reporting Team at The Washington Post before becoming Special Assistant and Chief Speechwriter to Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker. He went on to work both in show business and the news business – as VP of Television for Norman Lear’s ACT III Communications, then as Executive VP of Original Programming for USA Network – and as a producer with CBS News and as Senior Executive Producer of both Anderson Cooper 360 & Paula Zahn Now atCNN.

Mr. Miller profiled First Lady Nancy Reagan for a cover story in Life magazine, has written for the op-ed pages of The Washington Post and The New York Times, as well as writing a three part investigative series for The New York Times along with articles for The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Vanity Fair, Grantland, The Hollywood Reporter, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, Salon, The Harvard Journal on Legislation and others.

Mr. Miller received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics at Occidental College; an M. Litt. from Oxford University, and an MBA from Harvard University, all with honors.

nightengaleBob Nightengale

Robert (Bob) Nightengale, MLB columnist for USA TODAY, has been covering Major League Baseball since 1986. 3,800 hotel nights, 5,000 games and 2.6 million frequent flier miles later, Bo Jackson remains the best athlete he has ever covered, Dr. J and Muhammad Ali are his favorite athletes, and Barry Bonds still is the most dominating baseball player he has ever seen.

Bob’s son, Bobby Nightengale, is a 2013 graduate of the sports communication program, now The Charley Steiner School of Sports Communication.

RobertsPresident Gary Roberts

Gary R. Roberts graduated from Bradley University in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and minors in history and speech. He received his J.D. in 1975 from Stanford University. He is considered one of the foremost sports law experts and scholars in the country. He is Dean Emeritus and was the Gerald L. Bepko Professor of Law of the McKinney School of Law at Indiana University in Indianapolis, where he served as Dean from 2007–13. Prior to that, he spent 24 years at Tulane University Law School serving as Vice Dean, Deputy Dean, and the Sumter Davis Marks Professor of Business Law. He was also the Founder and Director of the first sports law program in the United States while at Tulane. After graduating from Stanford Law School, he clerked for Judge Ben Duniway of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco for a year before going into private practice with the law firm of Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C.

Roberts has continued to practice law part-time throughout his academic career with a focus on antitrust and sports law. He has been a frequent commentator on broadcast and in print media on sports-related legal and business issues. He was the on-air legal analyst for the NFL network and a lead analyst for other national media outlets during the National Football League lockout in 2011. He has testified before congressional committees on nine occasions on sports matters.

While a student at Bradley, he was an active member of the debate team, one of the four members of the five-time undefeated College Bowl Team, and he was actively involved in student government, being president of his sophomore class, student-body treasurer during his junior year, and a member of the student supreme court his senior year.

Roberts’ wife, Donna Carr Roberts, is a former corporate marketing executive and an award-winning artist specializing in oils and watercolors. He has one adult son who lives in New York. He enjoys golf, traveling and doing arbitration work in sports disputes. He is a passionate animal lover and has worked actively on the board of directors for the Indianapolis Humane Society for the past several years.

SavoieMatt Savoie

Matt Savoie is a Peoria native and Bradley graduate, and he represented the United States in figure skating at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games.  Matt began competing internationally for the U.S. Figure Skating Team in 1997.  He continued to base his training in Peoria and compete internationally while studying to earn a B.A. in political science from Bradley in 2002, and a Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Illinois in 2005. 

Shortly after placing seventh in singles figure skating at the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Italy, Matt retired from competition in order to attend Cornell Law School.  During law school, Matt stayed connected to the skating community by serving as the athlete representative to the Singles and Pairs Skating Technical Committee of the International Skating Union.  He also continued to perform and coach skating part-time until completing his law degree in 2009.  After graduating from Cornell, he spent over four years practicing law in the Boston area before deciding to return to the rink as a full-time skating coach in 2014.  Matt currently lives with his husband in Bolton, Massachusetts, and he teaches skaters of all ages and levels as a staff professional at the Skating Club of Boston. 

SlusserSusan Slusser

Susan Slusser has worked at the San Francisco Chronicle since 1996 and became the Oakland A's beat writer in 1999. She has been a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America since 1993, serving as president from 2012 to 2013. She has covered 10 American League championship series and five World Series, along with covering the A's two Opening Day series in Tokyo and Dallas Braden's perfect game on Mother's Day 2010. She has written about many other sports for the paper, particularly hockey and even curling.

Susan previously covered the Texas Rangers for the Dallas Morning News, the Orlando Magic for the Orlando Sentinel, and the NBA and other sports for the Sacramento Bee.

Susan is also an on-air correspondent for the MLB Network and Fox Sports 1 as well as an insider for 95.7 FM The Game. She has a book about the Oakland A's coming out in May: 100 Things A's Fans Need to Know and Do Before They Die.

StatzKathryn Statz

Kathryn Statz has worked in collegiate athletics for nearly 30 years. She began her executive search career in July, joining Snodgrass Partners and focusing upon Director of Athletics and Olympic sports head coach searches. She also has returned to Northwestern University as an adjunct instructor in the Master’s in Professional Studies program.

For 15 years, Kathryn served as Senior Associate Director of Athletics at DePaul University. In that role, she was responsible for the administration of DePaul’s varsity sports, oversaw all NCAA compliance matters and was responsible for all contractual matters within the Athletics Department. Kathryn was also the liaison to the DePaul Captain’s Council, and worked extensively in planning Student-Athlete Orientation as well as the end-of-the-year Sports Banquet. Kathryn served as Tournament Manager for the 2006 NCAA Women’s Basketball First and Second Rounds, which were played at the Allstate Arena, as well as numerous Big EAST championships hosted by DePaul. She coordinated post-season NCAA travel for all of DePaul’s varsity sports.

Kathryn also served as a Deputy Title IX Coordinator for DePaul; in this role she played a critical role in ensuring communication with the Title IX office on potential issues of sexual misconduct and worked with the staff to plan training for coaches, staff, and student-athletes. She also served on the President’s Diversity Council as well as the Freeh Report Task Force, which was charged with reviewing the outcomes of the Penn State misconduct case and making recommendations appropriate for implementation at DePaul.

Statz came to DePaul after spending eight years at Marquette University where she served as an Assistant Athletics Director for Olympic Sports, Marketing and Compliance. In her duties with the Golden Eagles, she coordinated the initial recruiting and eligibility certification process, oversaw the department’s women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, golf, and men’s and women’s track and field programs and served as the department’s senior woman administrator and chair of the university’s Gender Equity Committee. Kathryn also was responsible for monitoring NCAA rules compliance.

Along with her duties at DePaul and Marquette, Statz has extensive experience with the NCAA and conference affiliations. She was a member of the NCAA Management Council from 2000-04 and had previously served as an eligibility appeals representative with the organization from 1992-94. Kathryn was also a member of Conference USA’s Championship Committee and was a member of C-USA’s search committee, which selected its new commissioner in 2002. She served on the NCAA Degree Completion Consultants Task Force, which awards nearly $1 million in scholarships annually to former student-athletes who completed their eligibility but did not complete graduation requirements, and chaired the Task Force for two years.
Kathryn began her career as an intern and later an Eligibility Appeals Representative at the NCAA. Kathryn earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from Mundelein College in 1988, where she was a member of the volleyball and basketball teams. She completed her law degree at Marquette in December of 2000 and serves on the Marquette Sports Law Alumni Board.

SteinerCharley Steiner

Five-time Emmy Award-winner and National Radio Hall of Famer Charley Steiner enters his 13th season as a play-by-play announcer for the Dodgers. The veteran broadcaster will primarily call the action on the Dodger Radio Network, but will also handle the play-by-play duties for SportsNet LA for select road games.

Before joining the Dodgers, Steiner broadcast three years for the New York Yankees on WCBS Radio and the YES Network. Prior to his seasons with the Yankees, Steiner spent 14 years at ESPN, where his responsibilities ranged from anchoring SportsCenter to working play-by-play for Major League Baseball and Saturday Primetime Football. He served as SportsCenter's primary boxing reporter/analyst and also contributed to the Emmy and CableACE award-winning Outside the Lines series. Steiner also called the 2006 and 2013 World Baseball Classics for XM Radio and MLB international, respectively, and broadcast MLB games live from seven different countries.

Steiner graduated from Bradley University, where the School of Sports Communication has been named in his honor. Currently there are 120 majors at the Steiner School, in radio and television broadcasting, journalism, production, direction, ethics, media relations, digital, and sales. Steiner, who was inducted into the Bradley's Sports Hall of Fame in 1995, also established the Charles H. Steiner endowed Scholarship, which is given annually to Bradley broadcasting majors.

He began his professional broadcasting career in 1969 at WIRL Radio in Peoria, Illinois as a newscaster, and made career stops in Davenport, New Haven, Hartford and Cleveland before returning to his native New York, where he was the morning sportscaster on WOR radio, while serving as sports director for the RKO Radio Network. In addition, Steiner called the play-by-play for the USFL New Jersey Generals and, later, for the New York Jets on WABC radio.

TeevanMichael Teevan

Michael Teevan serves as Vice President, Communications for the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball. He reports directly to MLB Chief Communications Officer Patrick Courtney.

Teevan has worked for MLB in various capacities since 2002, when he was hired by longtime Baseball executive Phyllis K. Merhige, MLB’s former Senior Vice President for Club Relations. In 2004, Teevan shifted to the MLB Public Relations Department. In 2014, he was promoted to Vice President, a role with an emphasis on written content, speechwriting and messaging. The New Jersey native is a liaison to Major League Club PR Directors and many other Baseball entities and partners. He is an MLB spokesperson to the media on general news spanning a range of topics, including baseball operations, on-field issues, umpiring, labor relations, security, history, statistics and league-wide initiatives of the Commissioner’s Office. Teevan has long played a role in MLB’s media relations duties at its annual jewel events, including the All-Star Game and the World Series, as well as international events in Australia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Japan, Mexico, Panama and Puerto Rico. Prior to joining MLB, Teevan interned in the Communications & Baseball Information Department of the Boston Red Sox from 2000-2002. 

Teevan, 38, is a 2001 graduate of Boston College, where he received a degree in marketing from the Carroll School of Management. For two years, he served as sports editor of the school’s independent student newspaper, The Heights. Teevan, an active supporter of Baseball’s efforts against ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), resides with his family in New York City.

TelanderRick Telander

Rick Telander was born and raised in Peoria. He went to Kellar Grade School, Richwoods High School, and played scholarship football at Northwestern University, earning a degree in English Literature in 1971. After being cut by the Kansas City Chiefs, he began his writing career as a freelance journalist. He has written for magazines as varied as Esquire, National Wildlife, Men’s Journal, PTA Magazine, Premiere, Playboy, and American Libraries. His first paid work appeared in the Peoria Journal-Star shortly after college.

A former Senior Writer for Sports Illustrated and ESPN, the Magazine, he is now the senior sports columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, a position he has held since 1995. He has written eight books, and been collected in over 20 anthologies. Eight of his pieces have appeared in The Best American Sports Writing series, an anthology for which he served as guest editor in 2016.

He is married, with four grown children and six grandchildren. He plays rhythm guitar in his band, the Del-Crustaceans, formed 46 years ago, a rock band whose slogan is, ``Music for Parties and Brawls.’’

TobiasRob Tobias

A 35-year, highly accomplished communications, television and multi-platform content executive across sports, entertainment, film, and live events. During an impactful three decade career with ESPN, Tobias was an integral part of the company's growth and success, providing a wide variety of contributions. He helped publicize and position some of the most popular brands in sports media today, including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPN The Magazine, ESPN International, ESPN Films and many other brand extensions.

Tobias current serves as Senior Vice President, East Coast Operations & Business Development for CMPR, an LA-based PR firm specializing in the world of entertainment and sports. He also serves as President of his own PR firm, Rock Paper Scissors, based in Connecticut.

At various points in his ESPN tenure, Tobias handled PR for such major ESPN properties as the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball, SportsCenter, the ESPY Awards (since 1993), the X Games and Winter X Games, ESPN The Magazine (since 1998), among others. He also oversaw communications for much of ESPN’s original programming and was instrumental in helping ESPN’s critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary series, “30 for 30,” become one of the television industry’s most recent success stories. Tobias also oversaw the network’s comprehensive publicity campaigns for its original movies under the ESPN Films banner (formerly ESPN Original Entertainment), including A Season on the Brink, Ruffian, Junction Boys, Four Minutes, The Bronx is Burning (miniseries) and the scripted series, Playmakers.

A 1981 graduate of Emerson College in Boston, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in mass communication.