Charley Steiner Symposium

2017 Charley Steiner Symposium Schedule

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Biographies for 2016 Symposium


Dunja Antunovic is an assistant professor of Sports Communication at Bradley University's Charley Steiner School of Sports Communication. Her research and teaching focus on social issues in sport in a global environment with a particular attention to gender-based injustices. She has published articles on representation of women's sport, the status of women in sports journalism, and on female sports fans in journals including New Media & Society, International Review for the Sociology of Sport, and Journal of Sports Media. Dr. Antunovic obtained her PhD at the Pennsylvania State University in Mass Communication with a minor in Women's Studies. 


David graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism in 1979.  He started out as a news reporter at WFAS-AM in White Plains, New York in August of 1979.  In 1980, David began working at WPIX-TV in NYC as the weekend sports producer and quickly moved over to the weekday position.  He worked at WPIX for 10 years. 

In October 1990, he moved over to ESPN as the New York Bureau Producer where he covered live events, breaking news, and did some feature work.  After 5 years in New York, he moved up to the home office in Bristol, CT where he became the Coordinating Producer of the 6:30pm SportsCenter show.  David did more than 1000 SC shows with Charley Steiner, Robin Roberts and Bob Ley during that time.  He was then promoted to Senior Coordinating Producer and had oversight of our bureau operation of reporters and producers scattered around the country.  In the following years, he also had oversight of our assignment desk and research department.  In August of 2007, his responsibilities changed to oversight of Outside The Lines with Bob Ley, and all of the shows we produce in Washington, DC (Pardon The Interruption, Around The Horn and Highly Questionable) and all of the radio shows that are produced for TV.  He stayed in that position until last October and is currently working on SC with oversight of the SC budget, sales initiatives, and new hires.


Dr. Joshua Dickhaus is an assistant professor of Sports Communication at Bradley University’s Charley Steiner School of Sports Communication. His research focus is on race and apologia rhetoric in sports, and he has published extensively in these areas. Dr. Dickhaus teaches ethics and international issues in sports, as well as the impact of sports media on society. Dr. Dickhaus joined the faculty of Bradley University in 2011 after obtaining his PhD from the University of Alabama.


Vince Doria is the former senior vice president and director of news at ESPN, retiring in 2015, after 23 years at the network.

In his time at ESPN, Doria was the recipient of 32 Emmys, for his involvement in SportsCenter, Outside the Lines, E:60, NFL Countdown, Baseball Tonight, and a number of enterprise and investigative projects.

In 2009, Doria was honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) with the Red Smith Award for his contributions to journalism, at both ESPN and The Boston Globe, where he worked from 1975 to 1989. He has also been honored by a number of journalistic organizations, including the Peabody Award, the Dupont Columbia Award, several RTNDA Murrow awards, The National Headliner award, and the Robert F. Kennedy journalism award.

Doria joined ESPN in 1992, as coordinator of special projects, and was involved with the launch of the first ESPY Awards. Shortly thereafter, he was named managing editor of ESPN2, prior to that network’s launch in 1993. In 1996, he launched ESPNEWS, ESPN’s 24-hour news network, and in 1998, he launched ESPN Classic, and served as executive producer of that network for two years, winning an Emmy for the SportsCentury series.

In 2000, he resumed responsibilities for ESPN’s news and information operations, and in 2006 formed the network’s cross-platform newsgathering operation, placing all platforms – television, radio, internet, mobile – under one organizational umbrella.

From 1989 to 1991, Doria was the executive editor of The National Sports Daily. Prior to The National, Doria was an assistant managing editor at The Boston Globe, directing both the sports and photo departments. He joined the newspaper in 1975, first working as an assistant sports editor, then as sports editor (1978), before being named assistant managing editor in 1982. During his time at The Globe, the paper was cited three times by APSE as the best sports section in the country, and was in the top five each year of his tenure.

Previously, Doria was an assistant sports editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer, and also worked for the Columbus (O.) Citizen-Journal, and the Ashtabula (O.) Star-Beacon.

In addition, Doria has given frequent seminars and led panel discussions at The American Press Institute in Washington, the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., the Associated Press Sports Editors, and Ohio State University, where he graduated in 1970, with a bachelor of arts in journalism.

Doria is a former president of APSE, the national professional organization for sports editors, and has chaired several committees for the group. He serves on journalism school advisory boards at Ohio State, the University of Maryland, and Indiana University.

He is a native of Youngstown, Ohio, and now resides in both New Canaan, Connecticut, and Naples, Florida.


Alyson Footer has worked in Major League Baseball for 19 years, all in Houston, for both the Astros and She began her career in the Astros' media relations department in 1997 before moving to in 2001, covering the Astros beat for eight seasons. In 2009, Alyson returned to the Astros to serve as their director of social media, a post she held for three seasons before returning to in 2012 as a national correspondent. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor's degree in English Literature and a graduate degree in Journalism.


It is always a temptation to rely on the “wheels-as-feet” parallel when discussing a wheelchair athlete. It’s direct. It expresses equivalence where some may see a lack. Most of us understand what it means to have feet. In short: it’s fairly fool-proof.

Wings, on the other hand? Not so much. Still, it’s the metaphor that tends to drive the narrative of Josh’s story. The milestones have often been marked by flight.

At 4 years old, Josh was momentarily airborne. Life changed forever as he went from walking to rolling in the few seconds it takes for a body to fall from a twelve story window and land on the concrete below. That Josh survived at all was deemed a miracle by his doctors. That he still had use of his arms and upper body, with no damage to his brain or other vital organs, was a gift on top of that – one that Josh’s parents did not take for granted. Their determination that he would have as full and active and normal a life as possible ensured that Josh did not take it for granted, either.

Josh learned to navigate the world by wheelchair and was soon exploring everything available in the realm of adapted athletics participating in basketball, track, field, archery, table tennis and swimming with a wheelchair sports organization for children in Baltimore, Maryland. Basketball and racing quickly became his stand-out sports.

Flying soon became a regular and important part of Josh’s existence. Competitive basketball led him to Brazil and Australia before he graduated from high school. At the University of Illinois, he began training with his now long-time coach Adam Bleakney, placed first in three Chicago Marathons and eventually took another flight. This time to Athens for the 2004 Paralympic games where he received two bronze medals and lost any remaining doubt that racing was his calling.

Four years later, in Beijing, Josh brought home silver and gold and set a Paralympics record for the Men’s 100m. He followed up this performance with a bronze medal in the 800m at his third Paralympic Games in London.

As the first American (and 3rd overall) to fly across the finish line of the 2015 Chicago Marathon, Josh locked in his position to represent the U.S. at his fourth Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in the summer of 2016. His road to Rio, having long since begun, took a huge step forward.

Josh’s story is still far from over and he is still soaring. After getting his degree in News Editorial Journalism in 2007, he turned his attention to training, traveling, and competing full time. Along the way he has blogged for the New York Times, helped launch IntelliWheels, Inc., advocated for amazing causes, and met incredible people all over the world. Through traveling, Josh has been able to develop his underlying principles to motivate himself and others; Maximize your Potential, and Keep Moving Fast.


Kaylee Hartung is an award winning college sports reporter for ESPN. Hartung regularly appears on SportsCenter and contributes to ESPN’s coverage of college football, basketball and baseball as an in-game reporter. She is currently the sideline reporter for SEC Network’s Primetime Football Game with legendary broadcaster Brent Musburger and analyst Jesse Palmer.

Hartung joined ESPN in the fall of 2012 as an anchor and reporter for Longhorn Network. She hosted Longhorn Network’s flagship program Longhorn Extra, reported for Texas GameDay and crafted feature stories – two of which garnered LoneStar Emmys. When SEC Network launched in the fall of 2014, Hartung was tabbed as the reporter for the channel’s flagship college football program, SEC Nation. 

Hartung’s career in sports broadcasting began as a sideline reporter for CBS Sports Network. Additionally, she served as a reporter for CBS and Turner Sports’ online coverage of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, the PGA Championship and BCS National Championship, among other events.

Before crossing over to sports, Hartung spent five years in CBS News’ Washington Bureau. She produced, photographed and edited her own reports for She also worked as an associate producer for “Face the Nation” and assistant to the program’s host, venerable newsman Bob Schieffer.

Hartung graduated from Washington and Lee University where she majored in broadcast journalism and politics. She is a native of Baton Rouge, LA


Taylor Jackson is a senior at Bradley University, majoring in Sports Communication and minoring in Leadership Studies and Business Studies. Taylor also serves as a manager for the women's basketball team and works for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. He hopes to attend graduate school to study Coaching and become the first head coach in the NBA with cerebral palsy. He also hopes to create a league for disabled athletes to play sports and get compensated. 


The 2016 season marks Len's 12th year with the Cubs since joining the club's broadcast team in 2005. He has helped raise thousands of dollars for the community through his interest in music, including participating in Theo Epstein's "Hot Stove Cool Music" events in Boston and Chicago. Kasper was honored as the Harry Caray Sportscaster of the Year from the Pitch and Hit Club of Chicago in January of 2011.

Prior to joining the Cubs broadcast team, Kasper did play-by-play for the Florida Marlins for three years from 2002-04 and called select Milwaukee Brewers games from 1999-2001. Kasper spent nearly eight years for WTMJ Radio in Milwaukee, Wis., including a stint as the morning sports anchor. He additionally hosted pregame and halftime shows for the Green Bay Packers radio network and co-hosted a hot stove league show on the Brewers radio network. Born on January 21, 1971, in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, Kasper graduated summa cum laude from Marquette University in 1993 with a degree in public relations. Len and his wife, Pam, have one son, Leo.


Dave Kindred is a contributing writer for Sports on Earth. He is a winner of sports journalism's highest honor, the Red Smith Award, given by the Associated Press Sports Editors for lifetime achievement in the craft. He is a member of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame. Kindred has been a columnist for the Louisville Courier-Journal, the Washington Post, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The National Sports Daily, Sporting News, and Golf Digest. He is a director of Indiana University's National Sports Journalism Center and an adjunct professor at Bradley University and his alma mater, Illinois Wesleyan University He has written ten books. Kindred's admiration of Ali and his tolerance of Howard Cosell's posturings provided the narrative threads for Sound and Fury, the only dual biography of the great men. His book Morning Miracle: Inside The Washington Post: A Great Newspaper Fights for Its Life is an insider’s account of past glory and current crisis at the newspaper. His latest book Mighty in Heart: Morton’s Lady Potters Win It All chronicles the state championship run of the Morton High School women’s basketball team.



Jon Miller, honored by the National Baseball Hall of Fame as the 2010 Ford C. Frick award winner for baseball broadcasting excellence, the "Voice of the Giants", enters his 17th season in the broadcast booth on KNBR Radio and NBC Bay Area. Miller was thrilled to broadcast his 15th World Series in 2012 as the Giants won it all for the second time in three years. An award-winning broadcast veteran of more than 40 years, Miller worked 21 seasons as the play-by-play commentator on the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball game of the week. Miller, noted for his eloquent game description, golden voice and marvelous sense of humor, spent 14 years with the Baltimore Orioles before coming to San Francisco.

Prior to joining Baltimore in 1983, the talented broadcaster spent two seasons with the Texas Rangers (1978-79) and three seasons with the Boston Red Sox (1980-82). He began his Major League Baseball broadcasting career with the Oakland Athletics in 1974 at the remarkably young age of 22. After a four-year stint at NBC-TV from 1986-89, where he announced an occasional Game of the Week with either Tony Kubek or Joe Garagiola, Miller matriculated to ESPN. During his tenure at ESPN, he was nominated twice for a national Emmy Award in 1995 and 1996, and broadcast 13 consecutive World Series on ESPN Radio. He was also nominated six times for an "ACE" award, emblematic of cable television excellence, and won the award in 1991 and 1996 for his play-by-play work. Miller was named National Sportscaster of the Year by the Association Sportscasters Association in 1998 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association of America the same year. The Bay Area native has also broadcast hockey, basketball and soccer in his distinguished career. Jon and his wife, Janine, currently reside in Moss Beach. They are parents to three daughters, Michelle, Holly and Emilie, and a son, Alexander.


Malcolm Moran has directed sports journalism programs for nearly a decade after spending more than 30 years at The New York Times, USA TODAY and other publications.

Moran, the director of the Sports Capital Journalism Program, joined the IUPUI faculty in January, 2013. For more than six years, he was the inaugural Knight Chair in Sports Journalism and Society at Penn State University, where he directed the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism. Since 1980, he has covered more than 25 bowl games with national championship stakes. He has covered 26 NCAA Final Fours, 11 Super Bowls, 16 World Series and three Olympic Games.

He is a member of the board of the Football Writers Association of America and has had several stories recognized in the organization’s best writing contest. Moran is a past president of the United States Basketball Writers Association and a member of the organization’s Hall of Fame. In 2007, he received the Curt Gowdy Print Media Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for lifetime coverage of basketball.


Bradley University welcomed Peoria native Chris Reynolds as its 10th Director of Athletics in March 2015. Reynolds is a graduate of Peoria High where he was a two-time all-state basketball player and a Parade All-American. He was inducted into the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. Prior to Bradley, Reynolds served as Deputy Director of Athletics at Northwestern University and, prior to that spent nine years at Indiana University in a variety of senior roles in athletic administration. Reynolds attended Indiana University earning a B.A. in 1993, a law degree in 1996 and a Ph.D. in 2012. As an undergraduate at I.U. Reynolds was a 4-year letter winner in basketball and team captain his senior year. Under Coach Bobby Knight, Reynolds led the Hoosiers to Big Ten titles in 1991 and 1993, and an NCAA Final Four appearance in 1992.


John Rooney is in his 11th of broadcasting Cardinals games with partner Mike Shannon. Rooney, a Richmond, Mo. native, came to St. Louis from the Chicago White Sox where he spent 18 years (1988-2005) - one in TV and 17 seasons following in the radio booth. The Cardinals World Championship crown in 2006 gave John the privilege of working with the World Champion team in back-to-back seasons, following the White Sox win in 2005.

Rooney, 61, called his first major league game in 1983 with Shannon and Hall of Fame Broadcaster Jack Buck during a three-game series between the Cardinals and host Cincinnati Reds. He began his baseball broadcasting career at the class AAA level, spending the 1981-82 seasons with the Oklahoma 89ers and the 1983-84 campaigns with the Louisville Redbirds. John juggled two stints in the 1980's as a sports reporter for KMOX around his baseball broadcasting and also called University of Missouri basketball games for 20 seasons. His major league baseball radio assignments have included the Division Series (1995-97, 2002-03), League Championship Series (1987-97), All-Star Games (1990-1998), World Series (1987-97), and the FOX Saturday afternoon "Game of the Week" (1996-98). Over the years Rooney has been an announcer on various college basketball telecasts, including the Big 10, Conference USA, Big East and for the past four seasons has been the Voice of the Missouri Valley Conference telecasts. He has broadcast College Football Bowl Games including the Cotton, Orange, Fiesta, Sun, Independence and Capital One Bowls.

Rooney was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in February 2004. He and his wife, Susan, have two daughters: Colleen and Rachel


Susannah Scaroni is a two-time Paralympian who competed in the marathon events in London 2012 and Rio 2016. She also competed in two World Championships: in Lyon 2013 and Doha 2015. She competes regularly in major marathons including Chicago, New York, Boston and London and has won the Los Angeles marathon twice. Susannah graduated with a B.S. in Dietetics from the University of Illinois. In the past two years, she has been assisting the U.S. Paralympics’ chief dietitian as she guides the national team at the Training Center.


Diane was in a hurry to be a journalist. At age 14, she got her first byline for a story printed in the hometown paper about students taking over the city government for a day. As a senior at Highland Park High School (Ill.) she wrote a bi-monthly column for the Waukegan News Sun. And while attending Indiana University, she was on the staff of two Bloomington newspapers before graduating in 3 ½ years with a degree in journalism. Even so, finding a job was discouraging. Sometimes she was told she would get married and quit, or have a baby and quit or, on one occasion, “We can’t hire a girl for a 4-til-midnight shift.”

Then her luck changed. The National Observer, a weekly newspaper published by Dow Jones, offered Diane a job writing for a current events newspaper for junior high school students. It sounded so boring she almost didn’t take it but was told that in a couple of years she might be given a chance to write a story for The Observer. Two and a-half months after being hired, the student newspaper was shut down and she was put on The Observer staff. Having no beat, Diane was free to travel the country and pursue almost any story she wanted to. She wrote profiles of important people, covered trials, reported on one Democratic and one Republican convention – and from time to time, produced a sports story. Most of her articles landed on page one.

When The Observer folded, Diane was hired by Newsweek magazine in New York and after one year, became their No.2 sportswriter. She wrote about athletes, covered Olympics – including the 1980 winter Olympics when the Americans beat the Russians in hockey.

One year later, The Los Angeles Herald Examiner hired Diane as a sports columnist, the first female in the United States to have a sports column in a daily newspaper. She wrote about everything – World Series, Super Bowls, NBA championships, the Final Four, tennis, golf, more Olympics, and, of course, the baseball, football, basketball and hockey teams based in L.A.

Diane also began writing for GQ, the New York Times magazine, the Los Angeles Times magazine, Esquire, Playboy, ESPN the Magazine and other publications. Some stories were about athletes; others about actors.

Diane has published six books: Four mystery novels and two memoirs. One, “Chief: My Life in the LAPD,” was co-wrote with then Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates. The second, recently published, is “Relentless,” the memoir of sports photographer Neil Leifer.


Lori Shontz teaches reporting, writing and sports journalism, at the University of Oregon, where she is also is co-director of Writing Central, a peer coaching center for writers, and faculty adviser for student chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Association for Women in Sports Media. Among the classes she has developed is one that covers all major track and field events at Hayward Field, including the 2016 U.S. Olympic trials; her students’ work has appeared in publications including The Miami Herald, the Arizona Republic and Runner’s World Online.

She previously spent more than two decades in the newsroom, specializing in sports, women’s issues and higher education for The Miami Herald, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Penn Stater alumni magazine. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Penn State in 1991 with a B.A. in English writing and received an M.Ed. in adult education from Penn State in 2013.


Brian Siemann is a two-time Paralympian, who competed in track and marathon events at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Games. At the 2016 U.S. Paralympic Team Trials, Brian won gold medals in the 100m and the 800m, a silver in the 400m, and a bronze in the 5000m races. Brian trains at the University of Illinois U.S. Paralympic Training site. He completed his B.A. in English and his M.S. in Special Education at the U of I. Brian is from Millstone, N.J. and graduated from Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville, N.J.


As the radio play-by-play announcer for the Bradley University men’s basketball team for more than 1,000 games, Snell has served as the Voice of the Braves for 36 years. He has also spent the last six years as Bradley’s Assistant Director of Athletic Communication. In this role, Snell oversees the production of all video features for the official athletics website,, and all graphic displays for the University’s new on-campus arena, Carver Arena and Dozer Park. In addition, Snell teaches part time in The Charley Steiner School of Sports Communication. He is a 1976 graduate of Bradley University.


Charley Steiner recently completed his 12th season with the Dodgers as one of the most celebrated sports broadcasters in America. He has won four Emmy Awards, and is a member of the National Radio Hall of Fame. Charley joined ESPN in 1988 where he anchored Sportscenter while broadcasting baseball, football and boxing.  In 2002, after 14-years at ESPN, Charley would spend the first of three seasons in the radio booth of the New York Yankees. Since 2005, he has fulfilled a childhood dream announcing for the Los Angeles Dodgers on both radio and television. A graduate of Bradley University, Charley is one the most decorated alums in the history of the school. In 1991, he received the Lydia Moss Bradley Award. In 1995, he was inducted into the Bradley University Sports Hall of Fame. He was named a Centurion in 2003, and, in 2010, Charley was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at Bradley’s commencement. In his honor, the University named The Charley Steiner School of Sports Communication at a ceremony in March 2015.


Since joining ESPN in 1988, John A. Walsh’s fingerprints are on many of the network’s largest initiatives and launches.  An executive vice president, Walsh has served as executive editor since December 1990 and oversaw the launch of ESPN The Magazine and ESPN Radio; been instrumental in developing the many news and information elements within ESPN, including networks and new shows; and led the editorial direction of and its properties.  Currently he also serves as chairman of ESPN’s editorial board.  Walsh had served as a consultant to the company since July 1987 before being hired in January 1988 as managing editor.  In that role, he was responsible for the editorial content of all news and informational programming, including SportsCenter, ESPN’s flagship sports news program.

Walsh’s career path before settling at ESPN was a series of eclectic and influential editorial positions in the newspaper and magazine industries, in sports, news and popular culture.  The founding editor of the original Inside Sports magazine (1979-82), Walsh also served as managing editor of U.S. News and World Report (1985-86) and Rolling Stone (1973-74). He held a number of editorial positions at Newsday (1970-73), including sports editor and op-ed page editor; worked as sports editor of the Columbia Missourian (1967-70), and was an editor at the Washington Post style section (1977-78). 

He has been the editor of three sports books, including “The Heisman: A Symbol of Excellence,” published in 1984. In addition, he has served as a consultant for several publications, including Esquire magazine (1982-83), Vanity Fair magazine (1983-84), the New York Times Sunday sports “Part Two” magazine (1985) and Special Report magazines published by Whittle Communications. 

His television experience includes consultancies to CBS Sports’ NFL Today program (1986-87 season) and with TVTV on a PBS documentary on the 1976 Super Bowl. 

A native of Scranton, Pa., Walsh earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from the University of Scranton in 1966 and received a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri in 1968. In 1991, he received the Frank J. O’Hara Award from the University of Scranton’s National Alumni Association, recognizing his “sustained achievement in the communications field.”   In 2001, he received the University of Missouri Journalism School Medal of Honor.


Stephanie Wheeler is a gold-medal winning U.S. Paralympic coach and athlete. Stephanie won gold medals in wheelchair basketball as an athlete at the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. She led the Team USA women’s wheelchair basketball team to a gold medal as the head coach at the Rio 2016 Games. Stephanie is currently the head coach for the women’s wheelchair basketball at the University of Illinois. She graduated with a degree in Kinesiology at the U of I and is currently working on her PhD.