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Vinnie Malhotra has been named executive producer, ESPN Content Development. In his role, Malhotra will oversee the development of studio shows with both ESPN’s internal studio production department and outside companies. He will also work on the development of content for late-night programming and weekend mornings on ESPN networks. Malhotra will be based in New York and report to Joan Lynch, vice president and executive producer of the ESPN Content Development unit.
“Vinnie Malhotra is an incredibly talented producer with intimate knowledge of global story coverage,” said Lynch. “The insight he will bring to our ESPN development and storytelling will be invaluable.”
Prior to joining ESPN, Malhotra was executive producer of ABC News’ Weekend News Content (2007-2010), as well as the executive producer of Focus Earth with Bob Woodruff. At ABC News, he was responsible for the editorial content and production of the network’s two weekend evening news broadcasts, World News Saturday and World News Sunday, and oversaw the weekend editorial content and production of ABC News’ digital platforms, including ABCNEWS.com and ABC News Now. He also served as a senior producer of World News with Charles Gibson.
Prior to these positions, in 2006, Malhotra was a senior producer with Nightline where he managed the production staff, oversaw editorial content, and developed series and feature segments for the live broadcast. Before joining Nightline, Malhotra served as an anchor producer for World News Tonight. From 2002 to 2005, he was Peter Jennings’ producer. In the months that followed Jennings’ unexpected death, he worked with co-anchors Elizabeth Vargas and Bob Woodruff, and was the ABC News producer in the convoy when Bob Woodruff and his cameraman Doug Vogt were hit by an IED in Iraq in January 2006. Malhotra was not injured in the blast.
During his seven years with ABC News, Malhotra covered major events around the globe, including post-9/11 Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, and the death of Pope John Paul II. In total, he has made eight trips to Iraq since the beginning of the war and has also reported from Iran, India, Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt, Colombia, Haiti, and Venezuela.
For two years (1999-2000), Malhotra served as an associate producer at Peter Jennings Reporting. During his time in the ABC News documentary unit, he worked on Dark Horizon: India, Pakistan, and the Bomb. The program was awarded the Weintel Prize for Diplomatic Journalism from Georgetown University, as well as the Edwin M. Hood Diplomatic Correspondent Award from the National Press Club.
Malhotra began his career with ABC News in 1997. He has won four Emmy Awards for his coverage of the Iraq War, as well as the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award for his coverage of the September 11th attacks and death of Pope John Paul II.
Malhotra was graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a bachelor’s degree in political science and communication in 1997.