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Linda Cohn

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Sportscaster, Linda Cohn, has been the defying the stereotype of “sports are for boys” since a young age. In high school she played for the boy’s ice hockey team, since there was no team for girls.  She then went on to attend SUNY at Oswego where she studied communications and played for the women’s ice hockey team. After graduating, Linda debuted as a sports anchor for the Patchogue New York-based radio station WALK-AM. She left the station in 1984 to go work at various New York stations before making sportscasting history in 1987 when she was hired by ABC, becoming the first full-time U.S. female sports anchor on a national radio network.

In 1989 she broke into television broadcasting scene, accepting a job offer from SportsChannel America, the then rival of ESPN.  She then moved out to Seattle to work as a sports anchor for KIRO-TV.  In 1992, Cohn returned to the East Coast upon being hired by ESPN to work on SportsCenter. She quickly became a known face among SportsCenter viewers, and continued making big strides for women in the world of sports broadcasting. In 1997 in her NCAA basketball tournament bracket, she correctly predicted the Coppin State’s victory over South Carolina, which is to this day, one of the greatest upsets in tournament history.  In 2005 she signed a contract with ESPN that added play-by-play commentary for WNBA telecasts to her duties as a sportscaster.

In June 2008, ESPN promoted Cohn to a regular anchor position for the morning broadcast of SportsCenter.  2008 also marked the year Linda authored her memoir Cohn-Head: A No-Holds-Barred Account of Breaking Into a Boys’ Club. The book discusses her passion for sports and how she rose to the top of a male-dominated field. Linda also has her own podcast for ESPN entitled Listen Closely to Linda Cohn. As a result of her success in her career, sports speaker Linda Cohn is considered a pioneer for woman sportscasters, and an American Icon, as she continues to make history and lead the way for women in sports.