Lisa Wilson, the executive sports editor at The Buffalo News over the last six years, is leaving The News to become senior editor for sports at ESPN's The Undefeated.
"During her nearly six years as executive sports editor, Lisa has taken an already terrific sports report and made it even better," said News editor Mike Connelly, who joined the News in 2012. "She expanded our pro football coverage, expanded our pro hockey coverage and turned the Prep Talk Awards into a big event. She has even overseen three Bills head coaching changes.
"When I came to The News, I was wowed by our sports report, and I am even more impressed now. Lisa will be missed."
Wilson, a graduate of City Honors and Canisius College, has worked at The News for 18-1/2 years. She is the nation's only black female sports editor at a major metropolitan daily, and her sports department is considered one of the nation's best.
"I am excited beyond words about this opportunity but so sad to be leaving an amazing group at The News," Wilson said. "I will miss The News sports crew and the wonderful people at The News, who after 18-1/2 years are more like family than colleagues.
"But I am extremely proud to be joining The Undefeated and so looking forward to this next chapter."
During Wilson’s tenure, The News has excelled in the Associated Press Sports Editors’ annual contest. The News earned two Grand Slams (2012 and 2014) as a Top 10 daily, Sunday and special section, as well as a Top 10 website. In all, The News earned a Triple Crown (Top 10 in three of the four categories) on three occasions – 2011, 2013 and 2015.
Wilson joined The News in September 1998. She was hired as a copy and layout editor, and was promoted to assistant sports editor in October 2007. Prior to The News, Wilson was a sports reporter, features editor and sports editor at the Niagara Gazette from 1992-98.
The Undefeated describes itself as the intersection of race, sports and culture. It is based in Washington, D.C.
“We are thrilled that Lisa is joining The Undefeated," Kevin Merida, ESPN senior vice president and editor-in-chief of The Undefeated, said in a release. "She is highly respected across the country, and will bring gravitas and creative energy to our sports coverage.”
Wilson's last day at The News is Friday. She will start at The Undefeated on March 13.
The News will conduct a national search for Wilson's successor. Deputy Sports Editor Keith McShea has been named interim sports editor.