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Tim Keown

Tim Keown

Tim Keown

Position: Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com

Born: 1964, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Education: UC Berkeley (1982-84), graduated Washington State University (1986, Communications)

Career: Yuba-Sutter Appeal-Democrat (1986-88), Sacramento Union (1988-1989), Sacramento Bee (1989-1991), San Francisco Chronicle (1991-1999), ESPN The Magazine (1999-present)

Personal: Married, four sons

Favorite restaurant (home): 1. Norman Rose Tavern, Napa, Ca. – “great food, casual, the ballgame’s on behind the bar and you don’t have to mortgage the house to feed four large sons.” 1a. Nopa, San Francisco.

Favorite restaurant (away): The Purple Pig, Chicago, “one of the rare places worth the ridiculous wait. Order the skate wing.”

Favorite hotel: The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas. “ridiculous people-watching, crazy rooms – almost enough to make Vegas palatable.”

Q. Two major elements to “After the NFL”: Steve Hendrickson and your family.  Why?

Cockfighting Cojones

Sports journalism isn’t always a perch in a comfy pressbox. Here’s a story about a producer for E:60 who went undercover to an illegal cockfight in Texas, with a buttonhole camera.

Rough crowd. Had he been unmasked no telling what would have happened. Fortunately he survived with health intact, stark footage, and a powerful story.

A 3D Future

I tend to be slow on the technology uptake. But recently, at the ESPN Cafe, I put on a pair of Elton John glasses and watched college hoops in 3D. It took me about 10 seconds to understand that 3D is the future of live action. The viewing is dramatically superior. When a point guard “penetrates” in 3D, you see virtually what he or she sees on the way to the basket.

As for feature programming, the imperative is less obvious. E:60 will debut ESPN’s first 3D feature on April 12, a 4-5 minute piece about a professional knife thrower called “The Great Throwdini”.