Kirsten Watson is a two-time Columbia University graduate, and a former Division-1 volleyball player. In May of 2017, she graduated with a Masters of Science degree from Columbia Journalism School, with a focus in broadcast and sports.
Watson is currently working on the International team at the NFL as a producer and manager. She also currently works for Spectrum SportsNet LA as a sideline reporter for the South Bay Lakers, the official minor league team for the Los Angeles Lakers. With Spectrum Sportsnet LA, Watson also covers WCC men’s basketball and CIF State Championships. She is the former recipient of the NABJ & ESPN Stuart Scott Scholarship.
In May of 2017, Watson graduated from Columbia University with a Masters of Science degree, with a focus in broadcast and sports. For her final master’s project, she wrote an in-depth story about the experience of black quarterbacks in the NFL, which included interviews from Warren Moon, Mike Robinson, and Andre Ware. As a graduate student, she worked as an one-man band producing packages, writing scripts, interviewing sources, shooting, and editing. She also wrote game stories for the Brooklyn Nets and New York Mets.
For her final master’s project, she wrote an in-depth story about the experience of black quarterbacks in the NFL, which included interviews from Warren Moon, Mike Robinson, and Andre Ware.
While matriculating, Watson freelanced with CBS Sports and the NFL Network. Recently she worked on the Pro Football Arm Wrestling Championship in Las Vegas. As the Talent Producer and Associate Producer of the show, she worked closely with the players, some included: Marshawn Lynch, Marquette King, Tony Jefferson, Kenny Stills, Mychal and Eric Kendricks, Mario Edwards, Maurkice Pouncey, NaVorro Bowman, and Johnathan Cyprien.
Watson was the sideline reporter and color analyst for the Columbia University’s Women’s Basketball team. She conducted pre and post game interviews with the coaches and players, and provided game analysis for the Ivy League Digital Network.
Before graduate school Watson produced features for the NFL Network and Spectrum Sportsnet LA. She has also worked on Original Programs for the NFL Network, ranging from Catching Odell to Undrafted. Throughout the football season she pitched and produced stories that aired on Game Day Morning.
For Spectrum Sportsnet LA, she worked directly with producers on the shows Dodgers Dugout and Backstage: Dodgers. At home games, Watson interviewed players and fans for upcoming features.
One of her most memorable moments in the industry was working Super Bowl 50, when she worked with the Carolina Panthers to produce content for NFL Network’s Super Bowl 50 LIVE.
Watson attended Northwestern University, where she played Big Ten volleyball and was in the Medill School of Journalism. After her freshman year, she transferred to Columbia University, where she continued to play volleyball and concentrated in film and anthropology.