Linda Cohn Biography
Linda Cohn is an American sportscaster. She anchors ESPN’s SportsCenter. She has been a sports anchor since the year 1992.
Cohn graduated with a bachelor’s degree in arts and communications in 1981. In 2006, she was inducted to the Oswego State Athletics Hall of Fame.
She has worked for WALK-AM/FM, WGBB-AM, and ESPN.
Linda Cohn Age
Linda was born on 10 November 1959. She is aged 59 years as of 2018.
Linda Cohn Husband/ Linda Cohn Children
Linda has been in an association with her sweetheart, Matt Voity since 2008. Matt is a hockey mentor. However, in 2019, Cohn’s 11-year relationship with Matt Voity ended.
Cohn’s long-time marriage to Stew Kaufman ended in 2008 and the couple filed for a divorce. Linda Cohn got divorced in the year 2008 after her 28 years of marital status with her former husband Stew Kaufman.
Cohn has a daughter named Sammy and a son named Dan from her previous marriage. In 2014, Cohn was named one of the 25 most influential women in sports. She is Jewish. She is an avid New York Giants, New York Mets, New York Knicks and New York Rangers fan.
Linda Cohn Early Life/Education
Cohn loved to watch sports on TV as a child, with her father, who is a huge sports fan. When she was 15, her mother found a hockey league where she could play with boys, although the boys were eight or nine years old.
Cohn demonstrated talent as a teenager at ice hockey as a goaltender, making her high school’s boys team. Although she didn’t make her high school hockey team as a junior, she ended up making the team as a senior.
Upon graduating from Newfield High School, she attended SUNY Oswego, where she was the goalie for the women’s ice hockey team. In 1981, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in arts and communications. Cohn was inducted to the Oswego State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006.
Linda Cohn Career
Cohn debuted as a sports anchor for the Patchogue, New York-based radio station WALK-AM (also WALK-FM) in 1981 and worked there for four years. After leaving that station in 1984, she worked as a sports anchor for four other New York area radio stations until 1987, including a brief stint as an update person at WFAN in New York City.
Cohn in 1987 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. She anchored WABC TalkRadio from 1987–89. In 1988, she got her first television break, after being hired by what was at the time one of ESPN’s top competitors, SportsChannel America. Cohn in 1989 hosted a call-in radio sports show in New York.
Cohn was a reporter at the SportsChannel America Network before being hired by KIRO-TV in Seattle, Washington to work as a sports anchor there.
Linda Cohn ESPN (1992–present)
Cohn returned to the East Coast in 1992, when she was hired by ESPN to work on SportsCenter. She anchored her first SportsCenter on July 11, 1992 with Chris Myers. She has also been featured in many of the show’s This is SportsCenter commercials. Despite her success, Cohn was almost fired in 1994 because the network argued that she wasn’t showing her love for sports on TV. The company gave her six months to improve and hired a video coach to help her out.
In addition to her work as a sports journalist, Cohn made a name for herself as a prognosticator during the 1997 NCAA basketball tournament. Her bracket that year for ESPN accurately predicted 15th-seeded Coppin State’s shocking victory over South Carolina in the first round, to this day one of the greatest upsets in the tournament’s history.
In 2005, Cohn signed a contract extension with ESPN, which added 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 that year. She was to 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. Several weeks later, however, ESPN announced that the new SportsCenter morning block would be scaled back from nine to six hours.
She hosted her 5,000th edition of SportsCenter on February 21, 2016, a record for SportsCenter anchors. Cohn continues to regularly anchor SportsCenter from 1–3 pm eastern Monday through Friday. She is also the host of the podcast “Listen Closely to Linda Cohn”.
Cohn has reported, commentated, interviewed, written, and called play-by-play throughout her career at ESPN. The network suspended Cohn for saying in a radio interview that left-wing bias at the network had contributed to a loss of subscribers. Since 2016, she’s been co-hosting the Sportscenter from Los Angeles on weekends with Neil Everett.
In mid-July 2018, ESPN issued a press release announcing that Cohn had “signed a new deal to remain with the company for years to come.” At the time of signing the new contract, the network’s Executive vice-president Norby Williamson noted that in her 26 years with the network, Cohn had “hosted more SportsCenters than anyone else.”
As part of the new deal, Cohn’s role in hockey coverage will be enlarged, with In The Crease, a show that she was the primary host of from its inception in the 2016-17 NHL season’s Stanley Cup playoffs, expanding to five nights a week for the entire season, as well as doing hockey-related interviews and features for SportsCenter and other ESPN platforms, in addition to her continuing SportsCenter duties.
Linda Cohn Author
Cohn in 2008, released her memoir, Cohn-Head: A No-Holds-Barred Account of Breaking Into the Boys’ Club. In the memoir she recounts her passion for sports and her experiences working on SportsCenter. It is a tell-all about her rise to the top of a male-dominated sportscasting world.
Linda Cohn Net Worth/Salary
The American sportscaster working for ESPN’s SportsCentre has a net worth of $8 Million but her salary is not revealed yet.
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