Featured Alumnus: Albert “Scooter” Vertino
Albert “Scooter” Vertino entered his freshman year at La Salle in the fall of 1989. Nearly 25 years later, the enthusiastic student is now an award-winning, consummate professional, serving as vice president and executive producer of content for Turner Sports, the company he’s been with for 17 years. In this role, Vertino is responsible for content across the Turner Sports’ linear, digital, and mobile properties. He also oversees NBA Digital content, a role he has held since 2010, which encompasses NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA League Pass, WNBA.com, and NBADLeague.com. In this capacity, he spearheads all creative, production, and editorial content for NBA Digital, which is jointly managed by Turner Sports and the NBA.
“To this day, I treasure my time spent at La Salle,” Vertino said. “The Communication Department prepared me for life after school, and I use many of the lessons learned in my professional life..”
Vertino began his career as a production assistant for ESPN, working on numerous shows, including NFL Primetime and Baseball Tonight, as well as on studio shows for NCAA basketball. He also worked on the 2001 Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia, as well as studio shows for the NBA (Inside the NBA), Major League Baseball (inaugural MLB All-Star Selection Show on TBS), the Atlanta Thrashers, and the Atlanta Braves.
Since then, he’s received two Emmy Awards, one for his work on Inside the NBA on TNT and one for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, on NBC. He was also named a La Salle University Shining Star in 2011 and attended the Communication Department event in Philadelphia.
Prior to 2010, Vertino was a producer for Turner’s highly-acclaimed NBA on TNT coverage. Vertino primarily worked with the announce team of Marv Albert, Reggie Miller, and Mike Fratello. He has also produced TNT’s exclusive coverage of the NBA All-Star Game and the Conference Finals.
“La Salle is certainly a tremendous starting point for anyone looking to pursue a career in the field of communication,” he said. “Words can’t articulate the spirit and passion the students and faculty have as Explorers, and I couldn’t be more proud to be an alum.”