Chattam will be in South Africa for more than a month, from May 25 to July 13.
While at the World Cup her jobs will include being the liaison between operations and domestic productions, creating daily production schedules, credentialing all personnel and directing the daily operations of studio content at the International Broadcasting Center.
Chattam, probably known more locally by her middle name of Monyette, was a 1991 graduate of GCHS where she was a multisport athlete, participating in basketball, softball and track.
Chattam joined ESPN in 2000 as an assignment editor for baseball tonight. She then became an associate producer for SportsCenter and after a couple of years was promoted to the Production Coordination Unit.
As part of the Production Coordination Unit, Chattam worked on some of the biggest sports stages including the Super Bowl, NBA Finals and World Series.
She now oversees the production unit as the Director of Production, coordination for studio remote programming.
This will be Chattam’s first trip to South Africa where ESPN is sending about 300 staff members over to prepare for the world’s most popular sport, soccer, on the world’s biggest stage, the World Cup.
When covering an event in another country, there are a lot of little things that need to be taken care of that might be overlooked when covering major local events. This is what Chattam is preparing for.
Some of Chattam’s responsibilities will involve little things like making sure that there will be office furniture to more demanding challenges such as setting schedules of which talent is doing what show or covering what game on air.
She will also be responsible for transportation, finding and working with local media, and much, much more.
Chattam admits that the ability to adapt and realizing that everyone’s customs are not the same are some of the biggest challenges when covering events overseas.
Chattam’s work behind the scene will continue throughout the World Cup and could prevent her from actually getting a chance to take in a match; such is the case when a lot of hard work is involved.
“I would love to go to a game and have access to go to one but it is a matter of working all these hours, do I want to go to sleep or do I want to watch a game,” Chattam said.
Despite all the hard work involved, Chattam is ready to go.
“I am looking forward to it and I am always up for a challenge,” she said. “I think going to South Africa and doing this event will be a great experience.”
All 64 matches of the World Cup will be aired on TV and in HD. ESPN will air 44 matches, 10 will be on ESPN2, and 10 will air on ABC. All matches will also be re-aired on ESPN Classic. Twenty-five matches will be aired in 3-D on the new ESPN 3D network which will launch on June 11.
All games will be produced from ESPN Radio and ESPNRadio.com.