Michael Jenkins (sportscaster)

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Michael Jenkins
Michael Jenkins in 2017.jpg
Jenkins in 2017
Born (1973-12-07) December 7, 1973 (age 43)
Arlington, Texas, USA
Residence Washington, D.C.
Alma mater The University of Texas at Austin
Occupation Sportscaster

Michael Jenkins (born December 7, 1973 in Arlington, Texas) is a sportscaster for CSN Mid-Atlantic in Bethesda, Maryland. He is the main anchor for the network's Geico SportsNet Central news show and also covers local feature stories.

Biography[edit]

Jenkins spent most of his childhood years in Breckenridge, Texas. He graduated from Breckenridge High School where he served as class president and was voted "Best All-Around" his senior year. His first broadcasting job came as an 8th grader when he was hired to host a Sunday morning gospel show on a local AM radio station. He received both his bachelor's and master's degree in journalism at the University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas.

After graduating, Jenkins moved to Denison, Texas, to work as an anchor/reporter for KTEN-TV. He later moved to Boise, Idaho and worked as a reporter for KTVB-TV.

Jenkins returned to Austin, Texas, as an anchor/reporter for KVUE-TV in 1998 and worked as a journalism professor for four years at Austin Community College. In addition, he served as a voice for the Texas Lottery and hosted a local talent show called "Gimme the Mike." While working at KVUE-TV, Jenkins was a four-time recipient of the RTNDA/Edward R. Murrow Award for both sports and news reporting. He also won a national award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum for his story about real-life cowboys.

In 2004, Jenkins moved to Washington, D.C. to join CSN Mid-Atlantic as an anchor/reporter and has since won nine Emmy Awards, four times claiming the region's top prize for sports anchoring while also winning for sports daily program, program host, sports reporting, and sports-news story.[1] Dan Steinberg of The Washington Post once called him "the best fan reporter in the world."[2]

In 2016, a video of Jenkins went viral after he pretended to drink alcohol on-air while lamenting the Washington Capitals being eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs,[3] with Dan Patrick of NBC Sports subsequently referring to Jenkins as “sportscasting’s Ron Burgundy.”[4]

Jenkins is also a cancer survivor, having been diagnosed with a Wilms' tumor in 1981 and is married to Nicole Darin of Big Ten Network.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "COMCAST SPORTSNET WINS 6 CAPITAL REGION EMMY AWARDS | NBC Sports Pressbox" (Press release). Nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com. June 17, 2013. Retrieved July 1, 2017. 
  2. ^ Steinberg, Dan (June 9, 2010). "D.C. Sports Bog - Best in Strasburg fashion". Washington Post. Retrieved July 1, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Michael Jenkins after Capitals' Game 6 loss: 'Give up on your dreams' (Video)". CSN Mid-Atlantic. Retrieved July 1, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Dan Patrick calls Michael Jenkins 'sportscasting Ron Burgundy' in interview". CSN Mid-Atlantic. May 13, 2016. Retrieved July 1, 2017.