ORLANDO, Fla. – Jason Sobel, one of golf’s most-respected online journalists, has joined Golf Channel and the NBC Sports Group as a senior writer for GolfChannel.com.
A 14-year veteran of ESPN – most recently as golf editor, popular columnist and blogger for ESPN.com – Sobel brings to GolfChannel.com a wealth of experience and a writing style with a reputation of bringing golf events to life online. Through the years, he has built a large and loyal following of readers and the respect of his peers, which has earned him accolades and multiple writing awards. Currently, Sobel has nearly 20,000 followers on Twitter.
“Jason is a very well known and respected golf journalist who is very in tune with the game,” said Tom Stathakes, Golf Channel senior vice president of programming, production and operations. “His strong opinions and perspective have attracted a loyal following who will continue to enjoy his contributions on GolfChannel.com.
Sobel’s role at GolfChannel.com will be multi-faceted and aimed to help increase fan interaction through live blogging and chats. He also will post columns, news stories and long-form features while covering select events on the PGA Tour, LPGA and at golf’s major championships. In addition, he will regularly make appearances on Golf Channel’s news and talk shows.
“Jason has a great reputation in golf journalism and players and industry members alike know and respect him,” said Jay Coffin, GolfChannel.com editorial director. “We’re always striving to improve our content and interactivity with users, and that’s an area where he’ll play a major role.”
Said Sobel: “If you want to cover the sport of golf, this is the place to be. I’m very excited about the new challenge and can’t wait to get started.”
Sobel’s introductory column was posted earlier this morning on GolfChannel.com. He also made his first on-camera appearance on “Morning Drive,” with hosts Erik Kuselias and Gary Williams.
A native of Islip, N.Y., Sobel played one year of collegiate golf for Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass., and wrote for Newsday and The Boston Globe while attending college. He started his career with ESPN in 1997 and won four Sports Emmy Awards as a member of the network’s studio production team.