Senior Director, Content Strategy & Distribution ESPN, Original Storytelling
Patricia Mays serves as Senior Director of Content Strategy & Distribution for ESPN’s Original Storytelling. In this role, she works directly with the Senior Vice President of Content on storytelling strategy, budget management, talent development and synergy initiatives across the company.
Previously, as Coordinating Producer, she helped oversee the production of feature content for SportsCenter and other studio shows, as well as the distribution and integration of those elements on multiple platforms, including ESPN.com, the ESPN App, social, and audio. Additionally, Mays assisted in the development and agenda-setting of new shows and archival VOD content for ESPN+ – the company’s direct-to-consumer streaming service.
Before moving to TV production in 2016, she was the executive editor for ESPN Digital Media, responsible for daily content planning, creation and programming for all pro leagues, college sports, fantasy and premium content on ESPN.com and the ESPN App. During this time, both the award-winning web site and app consistently ranked as the No. 1 online sports destination based on unique users and broke many other metrics records. She also worked in close collaboration with the sales and business development teams on revenue-driving sponsorship opportunities and third-party partnerships.
Mays joined ESPN in 2009 as deputy editor for the ESPN.com homepage team and held several roles before becoming executive editor in 2013.
Prior to ESPN, Mays was the sports editor at The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif. Her journalism career began as a reporter in Detroit with The Associated Press. During a nearly 10-year stint with the AP, she also worked as a medical writer in Atlanta, and editor and manager on both the news and sports desks in New York. As a supervisor on the AP’s National Desk in New York, she directed the daily news report and served as a lead editor for some of the biggest stories of that decade, including the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. In 2003, she became the AP’s assistant sports editor, directing all NHL, motorsports, women’s basketball and Olympics coverage.
Mays, who grew up in Indianapolis, Ind., received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Butler University and master’s degree in public administration from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy (State University of New York at Albany).