ESPN’s Lester Munson praises Blackhawks during Carthage talk
- Johanna Heidorn ’12
During a talk at Carthage, ESPN reporter Lester Munson praised Chicago Blackhawks President and CEO John McDonough for directing a remarkable success story.
Mr. Munson spoke at a luncheon of the Carthage Business and Professional Coalition on March 12 in the Todd Wehr Center. He’s preparing an article on the National Hockey League franchise, which has won two Stanley Cup titles since 2010.
He particularly credited Mr. McDonough for welcoming former stars like Bobby Hull back into the organization and integrating the business and hockey staffs. Mr. McDonough is a former trustee of the College, and all three of his children attended Carthage.
Mr. Munson offered the Blackhawks’ turnaround as a contrast to the scandals that he typically covers. Specializing in legal affairs and investigations, the longtime reporter laid out the investigation into Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, whose fuel company has been accused of rebate fraud.
Earlier, he shared the story of ESPN’s “somewhat accidental and coincidental” rise to prominence and explained the origins of its specials with President Barack Obama. Mr. Munson fielded questions on a variety of topics, from pay for college athletes to the inherent conflict between journalism and entertainment.
During his three-day stay as a Johnson Distinguished Visitor, he also met with business administration classes and gave a public presentation. The latter drew a large crowd at the Tarble Arena.
Before joining the cable sports network, Mr. Munson worked at Sports Illustrated from 1991 to 2007. He appears frequently on National Public Radio and WTTW, the Chicago PBS affiliate.
Mr. Munson is an adjunct instructor at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern. He has degrees from Princeton University and the University of Chicago Law School.