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Robert "Bob" Eaton

Robert Eaton (BSJ63) is a member of the Medill Hall of Achievement.

Eaton currently consults for a number of sports cable television networks. Prior to that, he worked for ESPN for 17 years, retiring in 2007 as senior vice president and managing editor. He joined ESPN in 1990 as chief of correspondents to help build the sports news operation and was promoted to director of news in 1991. At ESPN, he was part of a team that won 21 sports Emmys including eight for "Outside the Lines.”

Prior to joining ESPN, Eaton worked at NBC News for 25 years. He served as West Coast bureau chief, news director of KNBC-TV in Los Angeles, West Coast producer for several primetime news magazine programs, field producer for the Huntley-Brinkley Report and writer/field producer for NBC News in Chicago. Among his assignments were the political campaigns in 1968 and 1972 and the Olympic coverage in 1984 and 1988.