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Monday, March 9, 2009

Who is Linda Cohn?

Who is Linda Cohn? The sports world knows her as a female American sportscaster. She periodically anchors ESPN's SportsCenter.

Cohn was born born November 10, 1959, as a teenager, Cohn, a New Yorker, demonstrated talent at ice hockey, joining her high school's boys team for eight games. She is also an avid New York Giants, New York Mets, New York Knicks and New York Rangers fan.[1]
After graduating from Newfield High School, based in Selden on Long Island, Cohn attended SUNY at Oswego. She is remembered by students at Newfield to this day as one of the few notable alumni.Cohn graduated with a bachelors degree in arts and communications from SUNY at Oswego. She was also the goalie for the women's ice hockey team at Oswego and was inducted to the Oswego State athletics hall-of-fame on November 11, 2006.

In 1981, Cohn debuted as a sports anchor for the Patchogue, New York-based radio station WALK-AM (also WALK-FM). After leaving that station in 1984, she worked as a sports anchor for four other New York area radio stations until 1987. The most notable stop was a brief stint as an update person at WFAN, New York.

In 1987, Cohn made sportscasting history by becoming the first full-time U.S. female sports anchor on a national radio network when she was hired by ABC.[2] She anchored WABC TalkRadio from 1987-89. In 1988, Cohn got her first television break, after being hired by what was at the time one of ESPN's top competitors, SportsChannel America. In 1989, she hosted a call-in radio sports show back home in New York.
Cohn moved to Seattle, Washington, after her stint at the SportsChannel America Network, being hired by KIRO-TV to work as a sports anchor there.

Cohn returned to the East Coast in 1992, when she was hired by ESPN to work at SportsCenter. She has become a familiar face among SportsCenter viewers ever since, and she is one of a group of women that have worked at the show. She has also been featured in many of the show's comical This is SportsCenter commercials.
In 2005, Cohn signed a contract extension with ESPN, which adds doing play-by-play for WNBA telecasts to her duties.
On June 20, 2008, ESPN announced that Cohn would be a regular anchor for the new morning block of SportsCenter, which launched on August 11. She would have been the co-anchor, alongside Steve Berthiaume,
of the first three hours of the block, from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET on weekdays.[3] Several weeks later, though, ESPN announced that the new SportsCenter morning block would be scaled back from nine to six hours, effectively canceling Cohn's section.
Cohn's memoir about her career as a sportscaster and at ESPN, Cohn-Head: A No-holds-barred Account of Breaking into the Boys’ Club, was published in September 2008.[1]

Cohn was married to Stew Kaufman, whom she met while attending Oswego. They had two children. Among the things Cohn writes about in her book is the recent breakup of her marriage.[4] In an interview on WFAN with Mike Francesa, Cohn admitted she occasionally sings backup at REO Speedwagon concerts.


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