Westcoast Sports Associates honored Roy Firestone in 1996 for his community service and contributions to disadvantaged youths in sports. Sharing a similar vision with WSA, Roy subsequently joined the organization at which time the award was officially renamed “The Roy Firestone Award.”
Roy has been critically acclaimed for his work in broadcast journalism. He has won seven Emmy Awards and seven ACE Awards for television excellence and was honored by Northeastern School of Journalism. Roy has interviewed more than 5,000 people, including some of the biggest names in sports.
In the August 2010 issue of Sports Illustrated, writer Lee Jenkins called Firestone “TV sports most compelling interviewer.” The magazine had previously described Roy as “the best interviewer in the business” and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Jim Murray called him the best interviewer he’d ever heard – that’s not the best interviewer in sports – that’s the best interviewer period.
Roy began his career as a sports reporter in his hometown of Miami Beach. He then moved to Los Angeles where he was the sports anchor for KCBS-TV (1977-1985). In 1985, he began his successful run as host of ESPN’s Sports Look and Up Close and later Up Close Prime Time. Roy was also featured in the Academy Award-winning film, Jerry Maguire. He has hosted Face to Face with Roy Firestone on HDNet and published two books, including his memoirs Don’t Make Me Cry, Roy (Adventures in Interviewing). Currently, Roy is a regular contributor on KTTV’sGood Day LA and hosts LA Tonight with Roy Firestone on KCET. He has also released Another Voice, a pop album produced by legendary fusion band Hiroshima.
In addition to his many professional accomplishments, Roy has been widely honored for his tireless contributions to charity. In 2005, he received the Dick Schaap Humanitarian Award and was honored by the City of Los Angeles, Governor Schwarzenegger and President Bush for his work with the Jewish Home for the Aged. Roy has two sons, Nicky and Andy.