Keri Potts '98, G'99, senior director of public relations, ESPN

Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 11 p.m. Miron Room, 303 Newhouse 1

Presented by the Newhouse Sports Media Center

Keri Potts is responsible for coordinating and guiding the strategic communications efforts around all college sports events and studio content, including the new SEC Network, college football and the College Football Playoff, men’s and women’s basketball, NCAA Championships including the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament, all other college sports, ESPNU, Longhorn Network, ESPN Regional Television's collegiate offerings and related content and businesses.

Potts joined ESPN as a senior publicist in 2003, and has worked on publicizing properties ranging from the NFL, NBA and ESPN Original Entertainment to ESPN Films and the award-winning 30 for 30 documentary series. Additionally, she oversaw publicity for ESPN Content Development’s live events: the ESPYs and ESPN’s New Year’s Eve special. In 2010, she led all PR efforts surrounding the launch of espnW, ESPN’s first dedicated women’s business. She was previously assistant director of communications for the NCAA in Indianapolis.

In 2010, she wrote about her experience surviving an attempted rape while on vacation in Rome, Italy, for Marie Claire magazine. Potts prosecuted her attacker overseas and he ultimately pled guilty to sexual assault and simple assault. Her story has been covered by the Travel Channel, Discovery ID and USA Today. Also in 2010, she founded afightbackwoman.com to chronicle her court case and recovery. Currently, she volunteers as a rape crisis counselor at Atlanta’s Grady Hospital and is a national speaker on victims’ advocacy and anti-sexual violence. From 2011-2013, she was a state certified sexual assault crisis counselor for Connecticut.

A native of Smithtown, New York, Potts earned a bachelor’s degree in magazine and a master’s degree in public relations from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. As a scholarship volleyball player and co-captain, she was named a first-team GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American in 1999, won the Soladay Award, given to the school's top female student-athlete, and was named the Orange Plus Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

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Keri Potts '98, G'99
senior director of public relations
ESPN

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315-443-4065

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