U-T San Diego hires ESPN’s Larry Graham as executive sports editor

ESPN.com NFL editor Larry Graham has been named executive sports editor at UT-San Diego, a newly created position at the paper. “Larry is a skilled journalist and a fascinating person,” UT-San Diego editor Jeff Light writes in a memo. “He is a classically trained violinist with a passion for excellence and a drive to succeed.”

The memo is after the jump.
From: “Light, Jeff”
Date: Tue, Jul 3, 2012 6:07 pm
Subject: Larry Graham to be executive sports editor
To: “DL-Newsroom – ALL”

I’m pleased to announce that Larry Graham will be joining us this fall as our executive sports editor. Larry is currently an NFL editor at ESPN.com.

Larry is a skilled journalist and a fascinating person. He is a classically trained violinist with a passion for excellence and a drive to succeed.

Larry has run columnists and bloggers at the nation’s top sports dot.com, worked the desk at big metro, ground it out at weeklies and run the show at small dailies. He has seen the tumult of the changing media landscape up close. He has strong opinions about the resourcefulness and determination it takes to succeed.
You will find Larry to be a creative person with a vision for our multi-media reality. He has the range, the vision and the work ethic that our business today demands.

Mike and John and I have agreed to add a number of positions to sports help us build something special. Larry will be recruiting for as we gear up for the fall.

Larry will be here on Thursday for a staff meeting with the sports department. He’ll have office hours from 11 to 3 on Friday for anyone who wants to spend time with him: Let Shannon know if you’d like one of those slots.

His first day will be Sept. 4.

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