One of the most versatile and well-liked anchors during his nine-year (2003-2012) run at ESPN, Bunin hosted a variety of shows there, most frequently Outside The Lines, SportsCenter and College Football Live. He also hosted Baseball Tonight, NFL Live, Sports Reporters, ESPN Radio and numerous NCAA and pro sports events on ESPN and ESPN2.
In 2010, Bunin became the first anchor at ESPN to win the company’s prestigious “Game Ball” award for character. In 2012, he received the President's Volunteer Service Award from Barack Obama, for his volunteer efforts, primarily with at-risk teens.
In 2011, Sports Illustrated’s media critic Richard Deitsch called Bunin "one of the most underrated talents in sports journalism." In SI's 2011 Media Awards, Bunin was declared one of the "Twelve Broadcasters Viewers Deserve More Of In 2012."
From 2012-2014, he was the lead anchor for Comcast SportsNet Houston before the network went bankrupt. In those two years, Bunin was nominated for four Texas Emmy Awards (including twice for Best Sports Anchor), winning for his groundbreaking interview with Carl Lewis.
Prior to ESPN, Bunin served as sports anchor/director at five different local news stations: WOTV-TV in Battle Creek, Michigan, from 2002-2003, WLAJ-TV in Lansing, Michigan, from 2000-2001, KNAZ-TV in Flagstaff, Arizona, from 1998-2000, WICZ-TV in Binghamton, New York, in 1997 and WTVH-TV in Syracuse, New York, in 1995-1996, where he worked alongside future ABC anchor David Muir.
Bunin is a graduate of Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism in 1996. While at Syracuse he joined Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity. During this time he worked at the campus TV studio UUTV, now known as CitrusTV. He graduated from Mercer Island High School in 1992. He is on the Notable Alumni list.
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