Award-Winning NBA Reporter Tom Haberstroh joins as Analytics Insider
PORTLAND, Ore. (October 12, 2023) – The Portland Trail Blazers have made multiple leadership hires for Trail Blazers Broadcasting ahead of the upcoming season, it was announced today by Kevin Kinghorn, Trail Blazers Chief Marketing Officer. In the game broadcast department, Greg Fonseca was named Broadcast Producer, Russ Jenisch was named Broadcast Director and Tom Haberstroh joined the organization as Analytics Insider. On the studio side, Kyle Ratoza was hired as Studio Producer, producing pregame, halftime and postgame coverage.
“We’re excited to have Greg, Russ, Kyle and Tom join the Trail Blazers Broadcasting team this season,” said Kinghorn. “The group brings amazing production experience, beyond just basketball, that will elevate our broadcasts to new heights. Having an Emmy-winning production team working alongside our award-winning broadcast talent will help us deliver the most engaging and entertaining broadcast night in, night out.”
Haberstroh joins the organization as Analytics Insider, contributing analysis to game broadcasts and studio coverage to help fans stay up to date on the always-advancing world of NBA analytics. A former national NBA insider for NBC Sports Regional Networks, Tom began his career at ESPN, where he wrote for eight years across ESPN the Magazine, ESPN Insider, and ESPN.com while also making regular television appearances as an NBA analytics expert. He joined Bleacher Report in 2017, where he won an APSE (Associated Press Sports Editors) Award for feature writing. Known to NBA fans as a sharp, analytically-driven writer, Haberstroh currently works as an analyst and reporter for Meadowlark Media. In 2017, he launched #ALSPepperChallenge which has raised close to $1 million for ALS research in honor of his late mother.
Fonseca joins the organization from ESPN, where he most recently worked as Coordinating Producer for NBA Today. During his time with ESPN, Fonseca worked on various programs, including winning multiple National Sports Emmy’s for his work on SportsCenter and College GameDay. His time at ESPN also included the launch of Longhorn Network where he won numerous Regional Sports Emmy’s and College Sports Media Awards as a producer. He also worked live event coverage including golf’s U.S. Open and Open Championship. Greg earned his bachelor’s degree from Iona College in New York.
Jenisch comes to Portland from Denver, where he most recently served as the Denver Broncos Senior Director of Event Presentation and Production. Throughout his career, Jenisch has worked across many major sports for a variety of networks, including ESPN, Big Ten Network and Fox. He spent more than 20 years in Ohio, working on game and event broadcasts for NBA, MLB, and NFL teams, in addition to myriad NCAA broadcasts across multiple sports. Jenisch has won multiple Emmy’s for his work, including a documentary win for a story on late Broncos legend Demaryius Thomas. Russ earned degrees from Bradley University (BA) and Southern Illinois University (MA).
Ratoza returns to the organization after previously serving as a freelance Broadcast Producer and Video Coordinator Intern. Most recently, Kyle worked as an Executive Producer for Zeacon, an interactive video production company based out of Washington. He spent 10 years working for NBC Sports Group in the Portland area, producing Trail Blazers coverage as well as college football and basketball studio shows. Last season, Kyle produced the Trail Blazers innovative LegendsCast featuring former players and SportsCenter host Neil Everett. Ratoza earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon.
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Members of the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Portland Trail Blazers were founded in 1970 and purchased by the late Paul G. Allen in 1988. The team’s rich heritage includes 37 playoff appearances, three trips to the NBA Finals, an NBA championship in 1977 and a commitment to community service and sustainability. The Trail Blazers are dedicated to positively impacting underserved kids and their families throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington where they live, learn and play. Portland is the first and only professional sports franchise to receive the prestigious National Points of Light Award for excellence in corporate and community service. The Trail Blazers home arena, Moda Center, is the first existing arena to earn LEED Platinum Certification in 2019 after receiving LEED Gold Recertification in 2015 and becoming the first existing professional sports venue in the world to receive LEED Gold status in 2010. The team is also one of the founding members of the Green Sports Alliance. For more information, visit trailblazers.com.