Check­ing in with JOSH ELLIOTT

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Editor's Choice - BY JAY BOB­BIN

Since he knows how live broad­cast­ing works, Josh Elliott deems “First Re­spon­ders Live” a good fit for him. The for­mer sports­caster for ESPN and NBC and news an­chor for ESPNEWS, ABC’s “Good Morn­ing Amer­ica” and CBSN will take view­ers to events as they hap­pen as a Fox se­ries – ex­ec­u­tive-pro­duced by “Law & Or­der” and“Chicago ”- drama men­tor Dick Wolf–premier es Wed­nes­day, June 12. Elliott will present feeds from var­i­ous cities where cam­eras are sta­tioned to cap­ture at-that-mo­ment ac­tiv­i­ties of po­lice of­fi­cers, fire­fight­ers, EMTs and other helpers who rush into ac­tion.

“I’m sure it was in­flu­enced by this time and place that we find our­selves at in so­ci­ety,” Elliott says of the show. “From my first mo­ment of want­ing to be a jour­nal­ist, I’ve al­ways been in­ter­ested in telling other peo­ple’s sto­ries – and, specif­i­cally, fo­cus­ing on the sto­ries of ev­ery­day peo­ple who do the things they do be­cause they feel driven to do them by some greater call­ing, or simply be­cause it’s just some­thing they love to do.”

A re­gional Emmy win­ner for work he did in New York, Elliott ad­mits to hav­ing had ini­tial con­cerns about fill­ing the weekly “First Re­spon­ders Live” hour: “One of my ques­tions was, ‘What if noth­ing hap­pens?’ (The pro­duc­ers) had al­ready been down that road, and they as­sured me that, un­for­tu­nately, that would not be a prob­lem.

“I’ve al­ways been struck by how, when you see first re­spon­ders on the scene, how calm they are,” adds Elliott. “A cen­tral part of their train­ing is to defuse the sit­u­a­tion, not add to the chaos. On the scale at which we are go­ing to do it, this is un­prece­dented.” Birth­date: July 6, 1971

Birthplace: Los An­ge­les

Cur­rent res­i­dences: Connecticu­t and New York

Mar­i­tal sta­tus: Mar­ried to New York news­caster Liz Cho; has a daugh­ter from a pre­vi­ous mar­riage Other tele­vi­sion cred­its in­clude: “Yel­low­stone Live,” CBSN, the Ken­tucky Derby, “Good Morn­ing Amer­ica,” “Good Af­ter­noon Amer­ica,” “ABC World News,” “Scrubs,” “Sport­sCen­ter,” “Around the Horn,” “Jim Rome Is Burn­ing,” “Cold Pizza,” ESPNEWS

Movie cred­its in­clude: “Iron Man 3,” “Side Ef­fects”

On know­ing where to have “First Re­spon­ders Live” pro­duc­tion teams sta­tioned: “We are do­ing as much as we can in terms of due diligence to lock in where we’re go­ing to be. I think it’s a mat­ter of mak­ing sure we can pro­vide the full breadth and depth of what it is that first re­spon­ders do, and we want to make sure we are fo­cus­ing on the peo­ple who choose to run to the chaos rather than from it – and the peo­ple who see real hero­ism as simply their job.”

Fa­vorite movie: “For what it evokes, for the time I first saw it, for the im­pact it had on me and for how phe­nom­e­nal it has re­mained, there is only one cor­rect an­swer – and that is ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark.’ ” Fa­vorite tele­vi­sion se­ries you’re not on: “I have a very com­plex re­la­tion­ship with it, but for bet­ter and for worse, it’s ‘Game of Thrones.’ ”

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