Paula Lavigne is an ESPN investigative reporter working primarily for the Outside the Lines brand on television and online. She is experienced in covering several topics and is a specialist in data journalism and statistics and also trains colleagues on databases and investigative reporting techniques. She worked previously as a reporter at The Dallas Morning News, The Des Moines Register, and The News-Tribune in Tacoma, Washington. She has degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Creighton University.
Her and her colleagues’ work on the Baylor sexual assault cases for ESPN has already won awards, including a 2017 Gracie Award for investigative television feature. In 2015, Lavigne was the recipient of a first prize for broadcast investigative reporting from the Education Writers Association for a story about the University of Missouri’s handling of a sexual assault case. She was a winner of the 2014 Alfred I. duPont Columbia University Award for her work on a series of stories that uncovered a high-stakes gambling ring on youth football in South Florida that led to several arrests. And she was among the team of reporters and producers nominated for a Sports Emmy Award in 2009 for a story on Penn State University players getting in trouble with the law. (@pinepaula)
Mark Schlabach is one of the country’s most respected college football reporters and columnists through his work with ESPN. He is a regular contributor to ESPN TV and radio programming, such as Outside the Lines, SportsCenter, College GameDay, and College Football Live. He previously worked as a college football and investigative reporter for the Washington Post and Atlanta Journal-Constitution. His work has appeared in ESPN The Magazine and numerous other magazines and newspapers. He has been honored multiple times by Associated Press Sports Editors, Football Writers Association of America, New York Film Festival, and other organizations for his writing and reporting.
Schlabach is also a bestselling author, co-author, and book collaborator. Since 2002, he has written more than a dozen books, including the New York Times No. 1 bestsellers Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander with Phil Robertson (Howard Books, 2013); and Si-cology 1: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty’s Favorite Uncle with Si Robertson (Howard Books, 2013). (@Mark_Schlabach)