COHN, LINDA (1959– ), U.S. sportscaster; anchorwoman for espn's signature Sports Center news and information program. Raised on Long Island, Cohn played goalie for the boy's ice hockey team as a senior at Newfield (n.y.) high school and on the women's ice hockey team at suny-Oswego college, from where she graduated in 1981. She began her career in Patchogue, n.y., as a news anchor and sports reporter for walk-am/fm. She worked at radio stations wgbb-am, wcbs-fm, and wcbs News Radio 88; as sports/news anchor and reporter for wlig-tv on Long Island, n.y.; and as anchor, news director, and chief correspondent for Long Island News Tonight. Cohn became the first full-time female sports anchor on a national radio network (abc) in 1987. She was a sports anchor for wabc Talk Radio, hosted a call-in show and provided sports updates at wfan radio in New York, was sports reporter for both Sports Channel America and News 12 on Long Island, and then moved to Seattle, where she was weekend sports anchor/reporter at kiro-tv. Cohn joined espn as an anchor/reporter on Sport Center in July 1992 and has hosted espn's Baseball Tonight, National Hockey Night, espn2's nhl 2Night and rpm 2Night, and Sports Center's nba All-Star Game coverage. She has provided weekly "Extra Point" commentaries on espn Radio since 1998.
[Elli Wohlgelernter (2nd ed.)]