Dianna Russini is an NFL reporter and host who contributes to ESPN’s year-round coverage of the National Football League.
Her multi-faceted role includes reporting, hosting, analysis and features. She contributes to NFL Live, Sunday NFL Countdown, Fantasy Football Now and SportsCenter, and she often breaks NFL news stories.
Russini originally joined the company in July 2015 as a SportsCenter anchor. In the summer of 2017, she transitioned to her current role.
Prior to ESPN, Russini was the main sports anchor at WRC-TV (NBC4) in Washington, D.C. where she anchored evening sportscasts, reported from major live events and broke news on both television and social media.
Russini also worked as an anchor and reporter for both news and sports for NBC Connecticut before going to Washington. She covered the Boston Marathon bombing, reported live from Boston Garden at the first professional sporting event after the bombing and was one of the first reporters on the scene during the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.
Russini moved to Washington after the news director for WRC-TV saw her reporting for NBC Connecticut on the UConn Women’s basketball team reaching the Final Four.
Russini has also worked for Comcast Sports in Seattle, WNBC in New York City, and News 12 Westchester, N.Y. She started her TV career interning at ABC News for Diane Sawyer and WABC.
Russini played four sports in high school and was a Division 1 soccer player at George Mason University for four years. A native of Bronx, N.Y., she grew up in Norwood, N.J.