Adrian Karsten

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Adrian Karsten (March 13, 1960 – September 2, 2005 in Horicon, Wisconsin) was a college football sideline reporter for ESPN[1] known for wearing his trademark suspenders.

Reporter career[edit]

He attended Northwestern University and graduated in 1982.[2] He was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.[2]

ESPN hired Karsten as a production assistant in 1983 and he began reporting in 1991.[3] He was mainly known for being a college football sideline reporter.[3] Karsten was known in the cycling community for his 'side-line' style reporting while anchoring during ESPN's broadcasts of the Tour de France. Karsten hosted the Tour De France from 1994 through 2000 - more than any other American Tour De France host.


  1. ^ Bailey, Jonathan (October 10, 2012). "Just like Dad: Father's suicide derailed Karsten's dreams for years, but now he's ready to join the family business". Ripon Press. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Magazine of Sigma Chi. Sigma Chi. 1992. p. 26. 
  3. ^ a b "Ex-ESPN reporter found dead". U-T San Diego. September 7, 2005. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 

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