About First and Pen


Informing, Inspiring and Connecting Through Voices of Color In Sports


Yussuf Khan has over two decades of experience in the fields of sports and multicultural media. After beginning his career at ESPN, he invested the last 18 years of his career in start-up ventures, building a successful track record at companies such as CSTV (now CBS Sports Network), Interactive One (now Urban One), Big Lead Sports and The Shadow League.

His latest start-up venture is digital sports media publisher, First and Pen (https://firstandpan.com), which informs, inspires and connects through voices of color in sports. “First And Pen” is the sports media vertical from Yussuf’s company, The Khanate Group; a media, tech, and eCommerce company fully committed to supporting and investing in underserved and overlooked communities, individuals, and voices of color.

The media veteran has a unique and diverse career path with a long history in the fields of multimedia sales, marketing, communications, journalism, and content creation.