CNBC names new sports biz reporter
by Chris Roush
CNBC’s Brian Shactman, who joined the network in 2007 as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor, will now be covering sports business. He will also cover the beat for CNBC.com.
Shactman replaces Darren Rovell, who left CNBC in July after six years of covering sports business for a job at ESPN.
Shactman has covered a range of stories for the network, including the original iPhone launch, the fall of Bear Stearns, the BP oil Spill and Hurricane Isaac. In 2012, he was nominated for an Emmy Award for his coverage of the oil boom in North Dakota.
Shactman has also reported documentaries for the network including “Cigarette Wars,” “Beyond the Barrel: The Race to Fuel the Future,” “America’s Oil Rush,” “Package Wars” and “Dangerous Trade: Exotic Animals.”
Shactman joined CNBC after his four-year tenure at WVIT, the NBC owned-and-operated station in Hartford, Conn. Shactman covered a variety of stories, ranging from campaign finance reform and the scandal surrounding former Gov. John Rowland to the Red Sox winning the World Series in 2004.
Prior to joining NBC in 2002, Shactman held various positions at ESPN including analyst work on ESPNews, SportsCenter and on its flagship radio network. He also wrote, edited and produced content for ESPN.com. After leaving ESPN, Shactman remained active at the company, hosting a variety of national radio programs at ESPNRadio.
Shactman won The Associated Press Award for a documentary on Hall of Fame Basketball coach Geno Auriemma in 2003. He also received three regional Emmy nominations in 2002 for his sports anchoring and reporting.