Linda Cohn To Anchor Her 5,000th Show On SportsCenter

by Rafeal Crawford
Linda Cohn

ESPN sports anchor Linda Cohn will reach milestone this Sunday Feb.21st will she become the first ESPN anchor in their 36 year existence to anchor her 5,000th show.

“It’s just an amazing journey that I’ve been very fortunate to have been on for 23 years,” said Cohn. “As players and athletes always say, they don’t look at a number or body of work until that body of work is over, that’s how I kind of compare it. I don’t even think about the number.”

Cohn’s early career included both radio and television, starting in local radio in 1981 in Patchogue, N.Y., on her native Long Island She became the first full-time female sports anchor on a national radio network (ABC) in 1987. Her first TV work was with WLIG-TV on Long Island as a part-time anchor and reporter, and before coming to ESPN, she was a sports anchor/reporter for KIRO-TV in Seattle.

A hockey goalie in both high school and college, and still an ardent follower of the sport, Cohn in 2008, wrote and released Cohn-Head: A No-Holds-Barred Account of Breaking Into the Boys’ Club, a book about the challenges of her career, her life inside ESPN, sports personalities she has met/interviewed and more.

Linda Cohn is now most often seen hosting weekend morning editions of SportsCenter (10 a.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. Sunday).

Her 5,000th show will air on ESPN Sunday Feb.21st at 8 a.m.More than 60,000 SportsCenters have aired since ESPN was launched in September of 1979.

Here is a list of the shows Cohn has anchored:

HostingReporting Assignments
Baseball TonightNFL Draft
WNBA DraftMLB Playoffs
National Hockey NightSunday NFL Countdown
nhl2nightMen’s Final Four
rpm2nightNHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
ESPN Radio NFL SundayNHL All-Star Game
SportsCenter at NBA All-Star GameNHL Winter Classic
NASCAR Chase on ESPNEWSX Games, Winter X Games
ESPN NY 98.7 New York Rangers broadcasts
Play-by-Play AssignmentsESPN the Magazine column
WNBA Games
LPGA golfMisc.
ESPN Radio commentaries

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