SportsCenter anchor Linda Cohn and reporter/host Shannon Spake have each extended their contracts to remain with ESPN, it was announced today.
The multi-year agreements call for Cohn, who joined ESPN in 1992, to remain as a premier SportsCenter presence, and for Spake, who joined in 2006, to continue as on-site reporter for college basketball and football telecasts, and as NASCAR pit reporter and studio host.
“We are pleased to retain two personalities who enhance our accomplished assembly of studio and on-site personalities,” said Mark Gross, Senior Vice President & Executive Producer, Production. “Linda’s experience and versatility will be key as we prepare to move into our newest SportsCenter studio next year, while Shannon brings a hands-on enthusiasm to our college game coverage and NASCAR programming.”
Cohn, who co-anchored the first SportsCenter in high definition from ESPN’s new Digital Center on June 7, 2004, will also host select Rangers pre-and post-game shows for ESPN New York 98.7 as part of her new agreement. ESPNFrontRow Q&A with Linda.
Spake will serve a sideline reporter for ESPN and ABC college football games and for Super Tuesday SEC and SEC Tournament basketball games, as well as hosting NASCAR Now and contributing reports to SportsCenter.