The ESPN personality who has hosted more installments of “SportsCenter” than anyone else is approaching a milestone. The network announced that Linda Cohn will anchor her 5,000th edition of the sports news show next month.
Cohn, who has been a “SportsCenter” regular for more than 23 years, will hit No. 5,000 with the 8 a.m. ET show on Sunday, Feb. 21. She anchored her first “SportsCenter” on July 11, 1992.
More than 60,000 editions of the show have aired since ESPN launched in September 1979.
John Skipper, ESPN president and co-chairman, Disney Media Networks, said in the announcement: “Congratulations to Linda on the momentous occasion of her 5,000th ‘SportsCenter.’ It is a remarkable achievement. In her 23 years at ESPN, she has been one of the defining personalities of ‘SportsCenter.’ The quality of her work and commitment has distinguished ESPN and made her one of the preeminent sportscasters of her time. She is an unsung pioneer though not to be unsung today.”
Cohn added: “It’s just an amazing journey that I’ve been very fortunate to have been on for 23 years. As players and athletes always say, they don’t look at a number or body of work until that body of work is over; that’s how I kind of compare it. I don’t even think about the number.”
The announcement notes that Cohn is now most frequently seen hosting weekend morning editions of “SportsCenter” (10 a.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. Sunday). She also reports from events, as she will do from Sunday’s NHL All-Star Game in Nashville, and contributes features.