Sharon Mathews He joined the Los Angeles Times as Managing Editor of Originals and Vice President of Los Angeles Times Studios. Matthews brings more than 25 years of experience to the newsroom.
Matthews’ childhood fascination with storytelling became a long-running career in journalism, sparked when she helped launch hometown digital channel NBA TV Canada (formerly Raptors NBA TV and Leafs TV).
Most recently, as lead director of originals at Andscape (formerly Undefeated), Matthews has expanded his digital storytelling platform into The Walt Disney Company’s multimedia video storytelling division, where he has developed and produced more than 20 specials.
She also spearheaded the launch of Black History Always on ESPN+, nine documentaries by nine diverse innovators who share stories of Black resilience, joy, and excellence 28 days after February.
She also produced original programming for several ESPN studio shows, including “SportsCenter,” “Outside the Lines,” “College Gameday,” and “SC Featured.”
She has received numerous awards over the course of her career, including more than 10 Emmy nominations and more than thirty industry awards, including the Edward R. Murrow Award for Distinguished Journalism for her short film Marco Chisito: Running for His Life. A 28-time New York Festival Gold Medalist, she has won two Cablefax Trailer Awards and a National Headliner Award.
In this newly created role, Matthews will oversee the Originals team – formerly known as News Video Artist – as it develops original series and documentary projects and continues to serve the daily news needs of the Los Angeles Times.