Who is Linda Cohn?
Linda Cohn was born on 10 November 1959, in Long Island, New York, USA, and is a sports broadcaster, best known for her work with the sports network ESPN. She mainly appears as a part of their flagship program called “SportsCenter”. She has been with the network since 1992, covering numerous high profile sports events for the company.
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The Net Worth of Linda Cohn
Linda Cohn’s net worth is estimated to be over $10 million, earned through a successful career in sports broadcasting over almost 40 years.
She has a salary valued to be over $3 million annually through her contract with ESPN. She’s also written an autobiographical book which has contributed to her wealth.
Early Life, Education, and Career Beginnings
Linda’s interest in sports was developed thanks to her father, whom she joined watching sports on television. Wanting to play sports, she was encouraged by her mother to play hockey, a sport where she was allowed to play with boys.
She demonstrated potential in ice hockey, playing as a goaltender. Her skill was enough that she became a member of the boys’ team at Newfield High School during her senior year.
After matriculating from high school, she enrolled at the State University of New York at Oswego, studying for a degree in communications, graduating in 1981. She also joined the women’s ice hockey team as their goalie, and was able to make a significant impact with her team, and was later on inducted into the school’s athletics hall of fame.
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After graduation, she began working as a part of the radio station WALK-AM along with its WALK-FM counterpart. She served as the sports anchor for the New York-based station for four years, and afterwards gained experience with other radio stations in the area until 1987.
Path to ESPN
Cohn was hired by ABC, and she became the first full-time female sports anchor for a national US radio network.
She served as a part of WABC TalkRadio for the next two years, and also got an opportunity on television, working as a part of SportsChannel America. The network consisted of a group of regional sports network which was operational until the 1990s. The station was considered one of the predecessors of many regional sports networks today. She also hosted a radio sports show on Network, and was then hired as a sports anchor for the Seattle-based station KIRO-TV.
In 1992, she was offered a contract by the Entertainment and Sports Network (ESPN).
The network is considered one of the most successful sports networks in the world, having a strong presence internationally as well as in the US. They operate in over 200 countries including regions of the UK, Latin America, Australia and Brazil. She began working on the program “SportsCenter” making her first appearance alongside Chris Myers. Over the next few years, she promoted the program through commercials.
Continued Work with ESPN
Linda trained to help improve her television presence, as she struggled during her early years with ESPN.
She improved steadily, and started to gain attention as she covered college basketball games. In 2005, she was offered a contract extension which added to her duties including weekdays, and began covering games of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). She also became the regular anchor of the morning block of “SportsCenter”.
In recent years, she’s been more regularly featured during the afternoon broadcast of “SportsCenter” during weekdays.
She also hosts the podcast “Listen Closely to Linda Cohn”, and has appeared in many live events. She’s written articles for their website, as well as interviewing high profile figures. In 2018, ESPN announced that she’d signed a multi-year deal with the company, making her the longest standing host of “SportsCenter”. She also became the primary host for “In the Crease”, which focuses on ice hockey coverage during the season. Her new contract also meant that she would be working the weekends for ESPN’s flagship show out of their Los Angeles studio.
Cohn married Stew Kaufman in 1980, and they have a son and a daughter together, but filed for divorce in 2008. She then began dating Matt Voity, and the two stayed together for 11 years before announcing that their relationship had ended. Currently she is believed to be completely unattached.
— Linda Cohn (@lindacohn) November 17, 2019
She is a big fan of professional sports teams from New York, following games of the Rangers, Knicks, Mets, and Giants; unsurprisingly her children are also sports enthusiasts.
During a radio interview, she criticized her company for their left-wing political bias, which has contributed to their loss in subscribers over the years. Her statements led to a temporary suspension from work.