As ESPN’s vice president, production operations, Stacey Fitch is in charge of the management and strategic direction of the Bristol and Charlotte Production Operations groups. In this role, she leads the teams responsible for production control room and studio operations, highlight and feature editing, and network operations. Collectively, these groups employ more than 500 operators, coordinators and managers. She assumed this position in 2015.
A 20-year veteran of ESPN, Fitch has held a number of roles with increasing amounts of oversight. Most recently, as senior coordinating director since 2011, she was in charge of network operations for ESPN’s domestic and international networks and edit operations for all news and information productions. As senior director, production operations (2008 – 2011), she led the operations team responsible for launching Digital Center 1, SportsCenter and NFL in high definition.
Other professional accomplishments include leading the team of technical directors for the launch of the ESPNEWS network and earning “Technical Team Studio” Emmy awards for “This is SportsCenter” and the NFL Draft in 2003 and 2005.
Fitch was originally hired at ESPN in March 1996 as a studio tech II and was promoted twice in 1997 – to studio tech III in May and to technical director in December. In January, 2000, she was promoted to supervisor, studio & tech operations, in June 2003 to manager, production operations, and in October 2005 to director, production operations.
Before joining ESPN, Stacey spent 12 years in local television directing primetime news in the Western New York and Connecticut markets and worked for PBS in Rochester, New York as a host/engineer of a weekly show featuring Jazz artists.
Fitch is a strategic leader who is committed to developing others. She is actively involved in WICT at the national and chapter level, and in 2012, received the WICT New England “Woman to Watch” award. Additionally, she is a graduate of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute-Class XXIII. In 2014, Stacey was selected as a mentor for the American Corporate Partner program which helps veterans with career development by creating opportunities for mentoring and networking with professionals from national corporations and select universities.
Fitch holds a bachelor of arts degree in communications from the State University of New York College of Brockport.