Linda Cohn, Moderator
Linda Cohn, whose straightforward style and natural humor create an
easy rapport with viewers, embraced a variety of new roles as of the
summer of 2005. Her expanded assignments include: hosting a weekly
college football news and updates program on ESPN2; reporting from
Detroit for multiple programs leading up to Super Bowl XL; hosting
weekly NASCAR segments Mondays on ESPNEWS during NEXTEL’s “Chase
for the Cup;” hosting golf remotes for SportsCenter,
including the TOUR Championship; and serving as play-by-play commentator
for WNBA games and hosting the league’s All-Star game and Finals
on ABC, and the Draft. She continues to anchor select SportsCenter’s
including Saturdays during college football season.
Previously as SportsCenter’s
“late night” anchor on the 1 a.m. program, Cohn was seen
throughout the morning as the show is re-aired every weekday from
5 a.m. to noon. Cohn also anchored select 11 p.m. ET shows. Since
2002, Cohn has provided on-site SportsCenter
reports from the Men’s Final Four, and since 1998 has provided
weekly “Extra Point” commentaries on ESPN Radio.
Since January 2004, Cohn has anchored SportsCenter’s
live X (Los Angeles) and Winter X Games (Aspen/Snowmass, Colo.)
coverage, presenting highlights and introducing the final competition
of events during the 11 p.m. SportsCenter.
She had the honor of co-hosting the first-ever SportsCenter
in high definition from ESPN’s new Digital Center on June 7,
Cohn joined ESPN in 1992 and has successfully balanced working for
a 24-hour sports network with spending quality time with her husband
and two children.
Known for her versatility, Cohn has hosted ESPN’s Baseball
Tonight and National Hockey Night,
ESPN2’s NHL 2Night and RPM
2Night and SportsCenter’s
NBA All-Star Game coverage. She has also contributed to ESPN’s
NFL Draft coverage, Major League Baseball playoff coverage, the ESPYs
and Sunday NFL Countdown. During
the 1998 season, she was one of three alternating hosts for the NFL
on ESPN Radio, the network’s Sunday-long coverage of
NFL games. She also provided play-by-play of ESPN and ESPN2’s
coverage of the LPGA (1998-99). From 1999 to 2002, Cohn’s column
“Linda Cohn’s Hotline”
was regularly featured in ESPN The Magazine’s
Beginning October 1989, Cohn worked at KIRO-TV in Seattle where she
was a weekend sports anchor/reporter. At KIRO, she covered the Seattle
Mariners, Seahawks and Supersonics, the Washington Huskies, the NCAA
Basketball West Regional in 1991, and the Goodwill Games in 1990.
Prior to that, Cohn served as a sports reporter for both SportsChannel
America and News 12 on Long Island (May 1988-October 1989).
Cohn's radio experience is highlighted by her becoming the first full-time
female sports anchor on a national radio network (ABC) in 1987. She
was a sports anchor for the ABC Radio Network and for WABC TalkRadio
from 1987-89. Her work continued as she hosted a call-in show and
provided sports updates at WFAN in New York from January-October 1989.
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). 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).
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.