A thirty-year veteran of the media, Skip Desjardin has been a journalist, an on-air television anchor, a producer and a programming executive. He was at the forefront of television innovation, playing critical roles in the development of regional sports networks, pay-per-view, video-on-demand, interactive television, and digital media storytelling for companies such as ESPN and Time Warner. Now he is reinventing television again as an executive at Google, building the influential Google Fiber TV and internet project.
His writing career began as a beat writer, columnist and ultimately sports editor of the student newspaper at the University of Notre Dame, from which he holds a B.A. in American Studies and an M.A. in Communications. While he was at Notre Dame, the Associated Press also distributed many of his stories nationally. In the late 1980s he was a reporter for the Lewiston Sun-Journal in Lewiston, Maine. More recently, writing under the pen name Rick Blaine, he generated over a million story views writing about Notre Dame football and Boston Red Sox baseball for Yahoo!
Skip Desjardin is the brother of noted historian Thomas Desjardin, author of several books on the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. He is a lifelong New England resident who currently lives in West Hartford, CT.