Michael Jenkins (sportscaster)
December 7, 1973 |
Arlington, Texas, USA
|Alma mater||The University of Texas at Austin|
Michael Jenkins (born December 7, 1973 in Arlington, Texas) is a sportscaster for Comcast SportsNet 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.
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.
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. He also 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 Washington as an anchor/reporter and has since won six Emmy Awards, three times claiming the region's top prize for sports anchoring while also winning for program host, sports reporting, and sports-news story. Dan Steinberg of The Washington Post once called him "the best fan reporter in the world."
Jenkins is also a cancer survivor, having been diagnosed with a Wilms' tumor in 1981.