ESPN Daily, the sports network’s weekday morning sports news podcast, is getting a new host. ESPN commentator Pablo Torre will take over the duties this summer as part of a new, multi-year contract extension with the network. ESPN says Torre will work on select shows during July and then go full-time with the podcast in August. It also says he will “evolve” the podcast, which launched last October.
Torre succeeds ESPN Daily host Mina Kimes, who will join the network’s “NFL Live” team as an analyst. She is also launching a new podcast. The Mina Kimes Show featuring Lenny will be a podcast about the NFL. ESPN says Kimes will also continue to be a contributor to ESPN Daily. She’ll also continue to have a presence on ESPN’s weekday afternoon TV shows “Highly Questionable” and “Around the Horn” as well as appearances on the network’s other studio shows.
“I am wildly excited to accept the reins of ESPN Daily from one of my closest friends, Mina Kimes,” Torre said in the announcement. “I love the show. I love its creative and journalistic potential. And I love the fact that Mina will no longer be able to make fun of me for being the last person on this planet to not have a podcast.”
Torre joined ESPN from Sports Illustrated in 2012 as a senior writer for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. Torre has also been a contributor to the network’s ESPN Films projects, including appearing in the 30 for 30 “Broke” — based on his own reporting of athletes’ financial health — in 2012, and writing and producing his first 30 for 30 short film, “Friedman’s Shoes,” in 2016. From 2018-20, he co-hosted “High Noon” on ESPN TV with Bomani Jones.
“Pablo, with his multi-platform and journalistic expertise, will continue bringing the top sports stories to life in new and insightful ways for fans as the host of ESPN Daily,” said ESPN EVP/Executive Editor of Production Norby Williamson. “Sports fans will appreciate Pablo joining the ESPN Podcast space as a leading, daily voice.”