4th Annual Al Jaffe Speaker Series with Stephen A. Smith

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4th Annual Al Jaffe Speaker Series with Stephen A. Smith

The Al Jaffe Speaker Series in Sports Communication is an annual event for the Emerson College Community. Al Jaffe held management positions with ESPN for 28 years, retiring in 2015 as the Vice President of Talent Recruitment and Negotiation. A 1968 graduate of Emerson, Mr. Jaffe has served as a Trustee of the College since 2007, and recently was appointed Co Vice-Chair of the Board. The 2019 speaker is Stephen A. Smith, a featured commentator on ESPN’s First Take, discussing and debating the sports topics of the day. He joined First Take on a permanent basis in 2012. After attending the Fashion Institute of Technology for one year, Smith received a basketball scholarship to attend Winston-Salem State University, a historically black university in Winston-Salem, N.C., where he graduated in 1991.

Previously, Smith held several positions, most recently as a general sports columnist for 16 years with the Philadelphia Inquirer (1994-2010). Prior to joining the Inquirer, Smith was a reporter with the Winston-Salem Journal, the Greensboro News and Record and the New York Daily News..

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