John Kosner

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John Kosner
Born (1960-10-20) October 20, 1960 (age 59)
ResidenceNew York, NY
Alma materStanford University BA, 1982
OccupationDigital Media Executive

John Robbins Kosner (born October 20, 1960) is an American digital media executive. He currently the president of Kosner Media, a digital and sports consulting company. He most recently served as executive vice president, digital and print media[1] for ESPN from January 2012 through June 2017.[2][3] He had overseen since 2003 and was an employee with ESPN for over 20 years.[4][5] Prior to ESPN, Kosner was vice president, TV programming and development for Sports Illustrated. Before joining Sports Illustrated, Kosner was vice president, broadcasting for the National Basketball Association. Kosner started his career at CBS Sports in September 1982 and progressed to Manager, Programming. While at ESPN, Kosner oversaw recruitment and talent development of content teams, including Wright Thompson, Bill Simmons,[6] Zach Lowe, Ramona Shelburne, Bill Barnwell and Sambit Bal as well as specialists like Adrian Wojnarowski,[7] Matthew Berry and Darren Rovell. Kosner has received several honors. In 2008, he was named the most influential person in sports digital media[8] by the Sports Business Journal. John's father, Edward Kosner, is a noted journalist who writes non-fiction book reviews for the Wall Street Journal and previously served as the editor in chief at Newsweek (where he led the magazine's coverage of the Watergate scandal), New York and Esquire magazines, and at the New York Daily News (where he led the newspaper's coverage during 9/11).[9][10][11][12]

Personal life[edit]

In November 2005, Kosner married Diane Burstein, then Director, Marketing for Best Life magazine. Kosner and Burstein have a son, Luke Kosner, born in 2007. Kosner also has two children from his first marriage, Walter, born in 1991 and Grace, born in 1995.


SportsBusiness Journal awarded ESPN its annual award for Best in Digital Sports Media five times in 10 years[13] and named Kosner the Most Influential in Online Media in 2008;[8] also won eight Sports Emmy's and two Online Journalism Awards, including the prestigious Award for General Excellence.[14] He has also appeared on lists of powerful and influential figures in sports media in Business Week Magazine, Daily Variety, Cynopsis, and Cable Fax.[15][16][17][18]


  1. ^ "ESPN Has Seen the Future of TV and They're Not Really Into It". 2017-03-30. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  2. ^ "James Andrew Miller: ESPN Executive Shake-Up Ushers in "New World Order" (Guest Column)". Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  3. ^ "ESPN parts ways with longtime exec John Kosner in shakeup". New York Post. 2017-06-28. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  4. ^ Spangler, Todd (2013-05-16). "ESPN Goes for the Extra Point With Hackathons". Variety. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  5. ^ "ESPN's digital boss has strong words for people who think ESPN is in decline". Business Insider. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  6. ^ " Boss John Kosner On Yahoo: "I'm More Concerned With The Guy In The Garage"". Business Insider. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  7. ^ "Inside Adrian Wojnarowski's move to ESPN". Awful Announcing. 2017-09-28. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  8. ^ a b "20 Most Influential Digital Sports Media". Sports Business Daily. Retrieved October 13, 2008.
  9. ^ "Kosner Appointed Newsweek Editor". NY Times. July 31, 1975.
  10. ^ "Kosner, Former Editor of Newsweek, Chosen as Editor of New York". NY Times. March 1, 1980.
  11. ^ "Hearst Names New Top Editor to Turn Esquire Around". NY Times. May 30, 1997.
  12. ^ "Sunday News Gets Bigger". NY Times. Feb 22, 1999.
  13. ^ "Previous Winners". Retrieved 2018-03-19.
  14. ^ "General Excellence in Online Journalism - Online Journalism Awards". Online Journalism Awards. Retrieved 2018-03-19.
  15. ^ "Cynopsis Sports Announces Winners of Sports Media Awards Honoring the Year's Top Sports Programs, Campaigns and People". PRWeb. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  16. ^ "ESPN Digital Awards - ESPN MediaZone". ESPN MediaZone. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  17. ^ "CableFAX 100 2012 - Cablefax". Cablefax. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  18. ^ "Digital Awards 2014 - Cablefax". Cablefax. Retrieved 2017-12-21.