Marcus Matthews is currently the Social Media Integration Producer for ESPN’s First Take. Marcus leads the social campaign of the day via Twitter and/or Facebook and monitors Twitter during the live broadcast and is prepared to integrate any relevant tweet related to the show.
Marcus manages First Take’s YouTube page, creating original video, highlighted by DJ Steve Porter's "So Disrespectful" video, a viral hit with nearly 1 million views on YouTube. Marcus also led the execution of a Live Vote that ties Facebook to the TV show. Marcus plays a key role in growing First Take’s following on Twitter, which has surpassed 765K followers, and talent, which has combined for over 3 Million of their own. First Take Facebook also has nearly 1M LIKES. Marcus was one of the key contributors as a Writer/Associate Producer to the BET Sports Department based in Washington, D.C.
Marcus graduated from Howard University with a Broadcast Journalism major and minor in Sports Administration
Maya Rhodan is D.C.-based staff writer for TIME Magazine. She also contributes to ESSENCE and FORTUNE magazines. As a political reporter, Maya has covered the White House, the Supreme Court, Congress, and policy related to retirement savings, the intelligence community, criminal justice, and race-relations. She currently covers Congress and immigration policy. Though she has only been working in a professional capacity since 2012, Maya has already received a number of honors for her work. In 2014, she wrote an award-winning report on African American women’s reproductive rights for Essence Magazine’s May 2014 issue. In 2015, Maya was a part of a two-woman team dispatched to Charleston, S.C. to report on the aftermath of the Emanuel AME Church shooting. The team won a Deadline Club award for their gripping report. In 2016, Maya conducted an exclusive, on-camera interview with U.S. President Barack Obama and prima ballerina Misty Copeland.
Maya graduated from Howard University in 2012. During her senior year, she served as the editor-in-chief of Howard’s campus newspaper, The Hilltop. Maya’s has written and reported for The Center for Public Integrity, Ebony.com, Washington City Paper, Washingtonian Magazine, and the NNPA newswire and its member newspapers. You can follow her on Twitter @m_rhodan.
Ayesha Rascoe is a White House Correspondent for Reuters. She covered President Barack Obama’s final year in office and she is currently chronicling the Trump White House. A Howard University graduate, Ms. Rascoe began her tenure with Reuters in 2007. She has been a featured panelist on MSNBC shows, including Hardball and AM Joy, NPR's Here & Now program, and CTV News Channel. Prior to her current position, she covered energy policy and legal issues, including the 2010 BP oil spill and the U.S. response to the Fukushima nuclear crisis in 2011.
Managing Director of Communications for Advancement Project has been featured in publications including the Los Angeles Times, Ebony Magazine, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, and USA Today. Using her newsroom experience, Zerline led local and national communications outreach campaigns surrounding disenfranchisement, drug policy, pardon and juvenile justice legislation at The Sentencing Project and Justice Policy Institute as director of communications.
As a consultant, she worked on communications campaigns for social justice organizations including Bread for the World, the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, and the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth.
A former adjunct professor at Morgan State University’s School of Global Journalism and Communications in Baltimore, Zerline holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and photography from Howard University and a Master’s of Science degree in communication management from Simmons College.
Zerline loves to dance, promote self-care and teaching Zumba Fitness.
After nearly a decade long stint as a journalist at the Wall Street Journal, covering Silicon Valley technology firms and later Pacific Northwest regional economics, Bobby launched a boutique communications consultancy advising San Francisco and Washington DC based startups and medium sized businesses. A proud graduate of Howard University’s School of Communications and the University of Maryland’s Phillip Merrill College of Journalism Bobby enjoys downtime with his wife and two knuckleheads , Oops, darling children.