After two-and-a-half years, my time at NBC Sports Philadelphia covering the Sixers has come to an end. Thank you to all those who have followed along and welcomed me to Philly. Stay tuned.
— Jessica Camerato (@JessicaCamerato) July 5, 2018
I’m told her contract wasn’t renewed.
Jess did pretty much everything in her role, essentially functioning as the network’s Sixers beat reporter while also appearing on the anchor desk in pregame, halftime, and post-game roles. She was one of the few traveling media members and was a regular at practices, press conferences, and shoot around. Jess was one of the more active reporters when it came to asking questions and getting video clips and quotes up on social media.
Camerato follows Molly Sullivan and Marshall Harris out the door and probably to greener pastures. NBCSP is neck-deep in a head-scratching rebuild and also let go of a number of behind-the-scenes people, some in creative services, to go along with their on-camera restructuring.
I’d assume the recently added Taryn Hatcher, who is not related to Derian, will absorb some of Jess and Molly’s responsibilities in whatever new streamlined role they’re giving her. Whatever the case, it’s always disappointing to see decent people let go as more media jobs are slashed.
Edit: the “Sixers Nation” Twitter account mentioned Hatcher as a replacement for Molly as this year’s sideline reporter, and she clarified that she WON’T be assuming that role:
Host and reporter. Covering all sports – including, but not limited to, the Sixers. But, I’m not the sideline reporter for the team.
— Taryn Hatcher (@TarynHatcher) July 5, 2018