November 10, 1959 |
Long Island, New York, U.S.
|Notable credit(s)||National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
SUNY Oswego Athletic Hall of Fame
Women's Sports Journalism Award from the Women’s Sports Foundation
Early life and education
As a teenager, Cohn, a New Yorker, demonstrated talent at ice hockey as a goaltender, making her high school's boys team. She is also an avid New York Giants, New York Mets, New York Knicks and New York Rangers fan.
After graduating from Newfield High School, based in Selden on Long Island, Cohn attended SUNY at Oswego, graduating with a bachelor's degree in arts and communications in 1981. 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 in 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. 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 returned to the East Coast in 1992, when she was hired by ESPN to work on SportsCenter, and has since become a familiar face among SportsCenter viewers. She has also been featured in many of the show's comical This is SportsCenter commercials.
In addition to her trailblazing work as a female sports journalist, Cohn made a name for herself as a prognosticator in 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 tourney's history.
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. Several weeks later, though, ESPN announced that the new SportsCenter morning block would be scaled back from nine to six hours.
Cohn continues to regularly anchor SportsCenter 1-3 pm eastern Monday through Friday. She is also the host of the podcast "Listen Closely to Linda Cohn".
In 2008, Cohn authored her own memoir, titled Cohn-Head: A No-Holds-Barred Account of Breaking Into the Boys' Club. In her book, Cohn recounts her passion for sports and her experiences working on ESPN's popular sports show SportsCenter. It is a tell-all about her rise to the top of a male-dominated sportscasting world.
- "Oswego Alumni Association Past Inductees - 2006". State University of New York at Oswego. Retrieved 2010-03-08.
- Cohn, Linda (December 8, 2006). "Exorcising my Devils demons with Zach Parise". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2008-03-21.
- Phan, Khuong (August 27, 2009). "5 Quick Questions with... Linda Cohn". Daily Tailgate. Retrieved 2009-09-16.
- "Linda Cohn bio". ESPN Media Zone. 28 October 2009. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
- Gough, Paul J. (June 20, 2008). "'SportsCenter' rounds out its new roster". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2008-07-02.
- Hiestand, Michael (July 2, 2008). "ESPN anchor Cohn's memoir is a refreshing change of pace". USAToday.com. Retrieved 2010-11-09.