On Saturday, April 28, as part of Trinity-Pawling’s Spring Family Weekend, the school hosted ESPN anchor Scott Van Pelt and ESPN Vice President Mike McQuade, a graduate of Trinity-Pawling School, Class of 1983, for a roundtable discussion with Headmaster Bill Taylor.
The ESPN team spoke to an audience of students, parents, alumni, and faculty in Gardiner Theater on the Trinity-Pawling campus. Van Pelt and McQuade discussed their personal experiences being in the business of sports broadcasting at a roundtable Q & A, which was moderated by Taylor. Van Pelt’s advice to students: “Be where your feet are. Be present.” Scott Van Pelt has been the host of the midnight edition of SportsCenter since 2015.
Van Pelt also contributes to ESPN’s telecasts of the Masters and The Open. He also hosts SportsCenter reports and specials from the events. Van Pelt joined ESPN in early 2001 as the network’s lead professional golf reporter. Van Pelt began his sports broadcasting career at WTTG-TV (FOX) in Washington, D.C., in 1990. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in radio/television and film.
Mike McQuade joined ESPN in 1987, and was named vice president of production in 2014. He oversees all nighttime editions of SportsCenter, including the midnight edition of SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt. McQuade also has oversight of ESPN’s highlights operation that creates content for SportsCenter, and he oversees ESPN’s live coverage of golf events, including the Masters. Previously, as vice president of remote production, he oversaw all of ESPN’s Major League Baseball coverage and was responsible for premiere events like the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, ESPN’s major golf events, and The Belmont Stakes.