Remembering Joe Valerio

Joe Valerio — noted producer of ESPN’s long-running Sunday morning “Sports Reporters” series, and a longtime Westporter — died Sunday, of pancreatic cancer. He was 71.

Valerio began in the programming department in ESPN’s first days. But he was best known for overseeing “The Sports Reporters.” The show aired weekly, from 1988 through 2017.

ESPN reporter — and fellow Westporter — Jeremy Schaap paid tribute to Valerio:

According to ESPN, “Valerio was known for his passion, sharp wit, and smarts. A groundbreaking program featuring newspaper columnists debating issues in sports, The Sports Reporters helped usher in a new genre of sports studio programming, while bolstering the profile of some of the most renowned sports personalities in the industry.”

(In 2017, Schaap reflected on “Sports Reporters”‘ impact. His comments include thoughts about Valerio. Click here to read. Click here for more on Valerio, from ESPN; click here for other tributes. Hat tip: David Tetenbaum)

Joe Valerio


8 responses to “Remembering Joe Valerio

  1. Warren E Bloom

    Great guy.Had coffee with him lots of times at Golds’. This is very sad news

  2. Lorrie Nantz

    So sorry to hear this very sad news. Joe was a great guy. Condolences to Debbie, Caroline, Brian and Courtney

  3. Nancy Axthelm

    He was a fabulous guy! He leaves an incredible legacy.
    A highly respected talent in Sports and a wonderful neighbor.
    He will be sorely missed. Much love to his family.

  4. faith schachne

    So very sorry to hear. Sending love and condolences to his family. May his memory forever be a blessing

  5. Mary Papageorge

    So sorry to hear this sad news. Joe and his family always came into Oscar’s, he was such a nice guy! My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Love the Papageorge family. xox

  6. Chuck Greenlee

    What a class guy.
    Our thoughts go out to all the Valerios.
    God Bless you all.
    Chuck and Mimi Greenlee

  7. Brett Aronow

    Joe was a wonderful neighbor and friend. We will miss him. All our warmest condolences to all the Valerios. Keith Stein and Brett Aronow

  8. Such sad and shocking news. Thoughts and prayers to the Valerios. Judi Lake