Bill Bonnell

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Bill Bonnell is an American business executive who is the current coordinating producer at ESPN. He is responsible for producing ESPN programming relating to college football including ABC Saturday Night Football and the College Football Playoff National Championship.  

Graduate of Syracuse University

Bill Bonnell was born and raised in North Syracuse, New York. He attended Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, graduating in 1985.   


Bill Bonnell began in 1980 at the PBS-affiliated WCNY-TV licensed to Syracuse. He covered high school football including Syracuse and The Empire State Games.

The following year, Bonnell got his first exposure to network television when he became a booth a s sistant for ABC’s Monday Night Football games in Buffalo, New York. She was a junior at Syracuse when she landed a part-time gig at ABC Sports as a production hand in 1984.    

After graduating from college, Bonnell was hired by CBS Sports in 1985 where he worked as the graphics production a s sistant on the NFL games including his first Super Bowl in 1985 (Super Bowl XIX), NCAA Tournaments, and the NBA.

One year into his tenure at CBS Sports, Bonnell quit and joined ABC Sports as the graphics coordinator and the production a s sistant for director Roger Goodman

He had a 12-year stint with NBC Sports from beginning in 1992 and lasting until 2002 during which he was on the production team for NBC's coverage during four Olympiads – the ones in Barcelona, Spain (in 1992), Atlanta, Georgia, USA (in 1996), Sydney, Australia (in 2000), and Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (in  2002).

Besides that, Bonnell also contributed to the production of many high-profile sporting events like Notre Dame football, NFL games, Super Bowls (as the ISO producer), the NBA, the French Open, and Wimbledon, and NBC SportsWorld.    

Bill Bonnell is the coordinating producer at ESPN SOURCE: St. Louis Post Dispatch

In his first stint for ESPN beginning in 1988, Bonnell was a graphics producer for college football, an a s sociate director for shows like NFL GameDay and NFL PrimeTime, and the quality a s surance producer for Sunday Night Football games.

Bonnell joined ESPN for the second time after leaving NBC Sports in 2002. He became a producer for ESPN's coverage of college football, including ABC’s Saturday Night Football, College Football Playoff National Championship, Rose Bowl games, and the BCS National Championship. 

Since ESPN's 2015 partnership with the Special Olympics, Bonell has been a coordinating partner on ESPN's coverage of Special Olympics World Games. Besides that, Bonnell has also been involved in producing entertainment events like The ESPYS Red Carpet Live events, Little Steven’s Underground Garage New Year’s Eve Special, and ESPN Hollywood.    

For his production, Bonnell has won over a dozen Sports Emmy Awards. 

by shrijan, 21 Aug, 2020

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