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Quinn of 'Daily News' to Join Fainaru-Wada in New ESPN Unit

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Quinn of 'Daily News' to Join Fainaru-Wada in New ESPN Unit

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A day after reports surfaced that the San Francisco Chronicle's Mark Fainaru-Wada was leaving to join ESPN, E&P has learned that T.J. Quinn of the New York Daily News was also joining the sports channel.

Fainaru-Wada and Quinn, both of whom have broken elements of the sports steroid scandal for their papers, will join a 15-person enterprise unit at ESPN, according to Vince Doria, senior vice president and director of news for the network. "They both have strong 'steroid' credentials," he told E&P Tuesday. "They both worked heavily on that story and they have reported on a number of other topics."

Fainaru-Wada most recently earned headlines, and a major book deal, with fellow Chronicle scribe Lance Williams after the pair revealed leaked grand jury testimony indicating slugger Barry Bonds and other athletes had admitted taking performance-enhancing drugs. They also faced jail time when federal investigators subpoenaed them to reveal their sources, but the threat ended when a Bay Area lawyer claimed to have been the source.

Quinn has received praise for exposing other elements of the steroid story, including early details of Bonds' testimony and more recent revelations that he had failed an amphetamine test.

"I have been impressed with both of them. We are building something of an enterprise unit and these two guys are great reporters, we are thankful to get both of them," Doria said. He said the remaining enterprise team members will come from within ESPN. …

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