James Dunn

James Dunn

Coordinating Producer

James Dunn has been the coordinating producer for ESPN’s signature morning debate show First Take, with Stephen A. Smith and host Molly Qerim, since Nov. 2021. Dunn was also a part of the First Take team as a producer from Nov. 2018-June 2021. During his time on the show, First Take has seen consistent viewership growth. Dunn has also led the show through its transition to a rotating co-host alongside Smith and Qerim.

Prior to returning to First Take as a coordinating producer, Dunn was a producer on ESPN+’s original series Stephen A’s World as well as the weekly SportsCenter with Stephen A. Smith on ESPN. He was also a manager for the network’s ESPN Next – a leadership development program for young professionals based in content to create further growth and career development opportunities.

Dunn originally joined ESPN as a producer for a variety of shows across ESPN and ESPNEWS (2007-12), including being the first to launch the live, noon ET SportsCenter in 2008. He then moved to the network’s Charlotte office to lead content across ESPNU (2012-17), including coverage of the College Football National Championship from 2012-16 and producing studio shows across all collegiate sports, and specials around National Signing Day.

Dunn then became a senior producer at NESN (2017-18) where he led NESN Sports Today and NESN Sports Update as well as a special Boston Homegrown series, before returning to ESPN.

Dunn’s career in broadcasting began in 1999 as a video journalist for CNN. He continued with the network through 2002, with roles of increasing responsibility including production assistant (1999-2000) and media manager (2000-02). He then went to the local ABC affiliate in Macon, Ga., as a sports reporter (2002-03), before returning to CNN as a sports producer until 2007.

Dunn graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in speech communication and rhetoric.


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