ESPN sportscaster Linda Cohn will serve as the opening night speaker during the Association for Women in Sports Media’s upcoming convention, set for May 7-10 at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort & Spa, just outside Austin, Texas.
Cohn, who has served as a SportsCenter anchor since joining ESPN in 1992, was recently announced to the National Sports Media Association’s Hall of Fame class.
Cohn will address #AWSM2017 attendees May 7.
“We are so excited to have a pioneer with the knowledge and experience of Linda Cohn to open our 30th anniversary celebration,” AWSM president Jenny Dial Creech said. “She is a true example of success and excellence in sports journalism and we know she will have valuable knowledge to share with our members. We are simply thrilled to welcome her to Austin this May!”
Last year, Cohn hosted her 5,000th edition of SportsCenter. Known for her versatility, Cohn also has hosted ESPN’s Baseball Tonight and National Hockey Night and has done play-by-play for the LPGA and WNBA.
Before joining ESPN, Cohn worked at KIRO-TV (Seattle) as a weekend sports anchor and served as a sports reporter for both SportsChannel America and News 12 on Long Island, N.Y. In 1987, she became the first full-time female sports anchor on a national radio network (ABC).
A graduate of SUNY at Oswego, Cohn began her career in sportscasting in Patchogue, N.Y. and went on to work with three other New York radio stations. As a senior at Newfield (N.Y.) High School, she served as the goalie on the boys’ ice hockey team and in college on the Oswego women’s ice hockey team.