CLAYTON, CA (Feb. 17, 2023) — Long-time Clayton resident and 2012 De La Salle High grad TJ Brassil was awarded a 2021-22 Sports Emmy Award for his work as an associate producer for NBC Sports at the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games.
The award was for Outstanding Interactive Experience – Event Coverage at the Games of the XXXII OLYMPIAD working on a show called Tokyo Gold hosted by Rich Eisen which streamed on Peacock. He says the Tokyo Games assignment, “Was an intense and hectic 20 days, but it was one of the most fun and gratifying experiences of my professional life.”
Brassil was on two state championship football teams at De La Salle and also was a thrower on the track and field team. He continued throwing at the University of Oregon where he was on five NCAA championship teams for the Ducks in the shot put and hammer throw. He was a team captain in his final 2017 season.
He graduated from the School of Journalism and Communication after being named to four Pac-12 All-Academic teams and was a four-time Oregon scholar athlete. He also became part of the National College Athlete Honors Society.
After leaving Oregon he got a job at the Pac-12 Networks, working his way up to a producer there. He has been producing a show titled “The IT Factory” the past two years for Pac-12 Networks with lead football analyst Yogi Roth as host.
Jay Bedecarré is a long-time resident and writer in Concord and Clayton. He began his newspaper writing career while still a senior at Mt. Diablo High School and he has been part of The Pioneer since its inception in 2003. Jay also operates Bay Area Festivals, presenting events around the San Francisco Bay Area including Bay Area KidFest annually in Downtown Concord.