GARDIN JOINS TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY MEDIA RELATIONS STAFF AS BROADCAST MEDIA RELATIONS MANAGER
FORT WORTH, Texas (March 30, 2006) - Texas Motor Speedway has hired Dawn Gardin to serve in the newly created position of Broadcast Media Relations Manager, effective Monday.
Gardin arrives at Texas Motor Speedway from NASCAR, where she spent the past two years on the sanctioning body's media relations staff. She served in the role of Senior Coordinator of Public Relations/Broadcast and was responsible for the pitching and coordination of storylines and interviews with national and local television/radio outlets, including the Texas market.
She also possesses a strong overall background in television, having worked in both the talent and production aspects of the field. Prior to joining NASCAR, Gardin served as the crew coordinator and field producer at CoverEDGE Television News Services in 2003. She assigned and coordinated crews, live shots and fiber feeds for various clients including Court TV, MSNBC, CNN, ESPN and FOX News Channel and also served as a field producer for Court TV, ESPN, MSNBC and E! among others.
Gardin previously worked for two Las Vegas network television affiliates, KVNBC-TV (NBC 3) and KVVU-TV (FOX 5). She served as a reporter, photographer and editor for the NBC affiliate from 1996-99 and then moved to the FOX affiliate as an assignment editor, sports producer and web producer from 1999-2003.
"Dawn has the ideal background and industry relationships for the position we created, and she will play a key role in servicing the needs and requests of our local television and radio affiliates as well as those on the regional and national level," Texas Motor Speedway Media Relations Director Mike Zizzo said. "Having also worked at NASCAR under Vice President of Communications Jim Hunter, I know that Dawn arrives with a great deal of passion and commitment to the motorsports industry and is keenly aware of the needs of the media. She is a perfect fit for us."
Gardin's responsibilities also will include assisting in the operation of Texas Motor Speedway's newly constructed Victory Lane Broadcast Center, an innovative project that provides seven indoor broadcasting studios, two outdoor broadcasting platforms, a deadline work room on the lower level and fiber line feeds.
Gardin, a graduate of Marian College, will report directly to Zizzo and joins a Texas Motor Speedway Media Relations staff that also includes Media Relations Manager Brian Briscoe and Media Relations Coordinator Stephanie Locke.