ESPN has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to providing opportunities for women commentators in a variety of high-profile positions. From analysts to reporters to anchors and more, the company continues to showcase some of the industry’s most respected and accomplished female voices.
Yesterday’s on-air lineup offered a small sample of ESPN’s strong roster. Cari Champion took her usual spot at the First Take table in the morning, while the versatile Doris Burke, who was added to NBA Countdown this season, served as analyst for the evening’s Texas-North Carolina men’s basketball matchup. Kara Lawson, who works in various basketball analyst roles, was in the ESPN2 studio breaking down the men’s college basketball action. Sage Steele, who this season was named host of NBA Countdown, anchored ESPN’s all-day, on-site coverage from Miami of the NBA Eastern Conference showdown between the Pacers and Heat (ESPN’s highest rated NBA game of the season). On NFL Insiders, Jade McCarthy handled hosting duties for the hour-long football breakdown. Additionally, Jemele Hill was in her usual co-hosting spot on Numbers Never Lie, while Cassidy Hubbarth was at the hosting desk for the late-night NBA Tonight program.
Through it all, various editions of ESPN’s flagship program, SportsCenter, were co-anchored by Hannah Storm (9 a.m. ET), Chris McKendry (11 a.m.), Linda Cohn (1 p.m.), Lindsay Czarniak (6 p.m.) and Jaymee Sire (8 p.m.).
NOTE: Post updated 3:05 p.m. ET, 12/19/13