St. John's Double Alumnus Shines at MLB Network
Ryan Gilbert is confident that studying in the Sport Management program at St. John’s University led him to where he is now.
Today, he serves as Segment Producer at the Major League Baseball (MLB) Network in their Secaucus, NJ, studio, where he has worked since 2016. His typical day might include editing segments and shooting footage for one of the many MLB Network programs in which his work appears, including MLB Tonight, Quick Pitch, and Play Ball. He also works on programs for the National Hockey League (NHL) Network.
“I grew up in Manhattan,” Mr. Gilbert noted. “For me, St. John’s personified New York City. I did not want to attend college far from home. St. John’s had the Sport Management program, which was not all that common back then, and I wanted to immerse myself in sports and sports media. It was a great fit.”
During his undergraduate years, Mr. Gilbert was offered a staff position with the baseball team. At that moment, Mr. Gilbert said he knew he would be a sports media professional, and helped manage the baseball team during his senior year. While continuing his education as a graduate student in St. John’s M.B.A. program in Marketing Management, he served as a graduate assistant in the University’s Department of Athletics, where he assisted with producing video content for all 17 Division I programs, among other responsibilities.
Through a St. John’s connection, Mr. Gilbert got his first internship with the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2010, which eventually led to a full-time position in 2014 as Director of Multimedia for the University’s Department of Athletics. Some of his responsibilities in that role included directing, producing, and editing the Red Storm Report, a 10-episode show about St. John’s men’s basketball on the MSG Networks; and producing and directing more than 50 live ESPN3 broadcasts and more than 20 live FOX Sports Go broadcasts.
Another friend from the University helped him get his foot in the door as a freelancer at MLB, where he was eventually hired full-time. “St. John’s made my career as a sports media professional,” he observed. “I am not sure what would have happened had I earned my degrees somewhere else.”