Linda Cohn

Linda Cohn

SportsCenter Anchor, NHL Reporter

Hall of Fame sportscaster Linda Cohn has served as a SportsCenter anchor since joining ESPN in 1992. She is ESPN’s longest-tenured SportsCenter anchor and in early 2016 was recognized for anchoring her 5,000th SportsCenter, the most of any anchor in ESPN history. In 2017, she was inducted into the National Sports Media Association (NSMA) Hall of Fame.

She currently hosts the 1 a.m. ET edition of SportsCenter that originates from Los Angeles.

In 2008, Cohn authored her autobiography – Cohn-Head: A No-Holds-Barred Account of Breaking into the Boys’ Club. The book details her hard-fought rise to the top of the sportscasting world and her life inside the ESPN empire.

Cohn began her career in sportscasting in Patchogue, N.Y., as a news anchor, writer and sports reporter for WALK-AM/FM in 1981. She continued her work with three other New York radio stations until 1987: WCBS NewsRadio 88 (1984-87); WCBS-FM (1984-87); WGBB-AM (1984-85). Cohn’s radio experience is highlighted by her becoming the first full-time female sports anchor on a national radio network (ABC) in 1987 where she worked 87-89. In 1985 she began working for WLIG-TV on Long Island as a part-time anchor and reporter. She also worked as anchor, news director and chief correspondent for Long Island News Tonight, a daily television news program (1985-86). Beginning October 1989, Cohn worked at KIRO-TV in Seattle where she was a weekend sports anchor and full-time reporter.

Cohn received a bachelor of arts degree in communications from SUNY at Oswego in 1981.  As a senior at Newfield (N.Y.) High School, she served as the goalie on the boy’s ice hockey team and in college on the Oswego women’s ice hockey team.

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