Anita Marks joined ESPN Radio New York 98.7FM in May as a host and contributor. She is already making her mark locally in New York — and nationally.
She serves as host of NFL Nation on ESPN Radio’s national network and provides fantasy football advice for fans on espnW. Tonight on Monday Night Countdown (6 p.m. ET, ESPN), Marks files her first national television feature for ESPN’s Monday Night Football pregame show — a one-on-one interview with New York Giants star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. The Giants visit the Miami Dolphins on MNF (8:30 p.m., ESPN).
Front Row spoke with Marks about the interview and her whirlwind few months with ESPN.
How did the Beckham interview come about?
I’ve been a part of the New York Giants broadcast team for the past six years, and I’ve developed a great working relationship with Odell since he was drafted in 2013. I asked him if he would be open to a one-on-one interview with me, previewing the Giants-Dolphins matchup and discussing his friendship with Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry.
What has your experience with ESPN been like over the last seven months?
Fantastic! I love the ability to be utilized on a number of different platforms (TV, radio, digital), and having the flexibility to discuss all areas of sport. There are a variety of ways I can contribute (as a host, analyst, reporter) and providing those opportunities is what makes ESPN such a fun place to work.
You played quarterback in the Women’s Professional Football League. What lessons from your playing days have you applied to your work as a host and reporter?
I am a true believer that playing organized sports as a child helped develop my perseverance in attaining the goals I set out to achieve. Playing and being inside the huddle contributed to my keen understanding of the X’s and O’s and my assessment of the game that I now cover and analyze. Experiencing a locker room culture, learning a new playbook, having to engineer a scoring drive under pressure have allowed me to relate in a way that only a few can. I also experience more professional respect from current NFL players, once they are aware that I played for five years.
What are you most looking forward to professionally in 2016?
To see how my role can expand at ESPN. ESPN provides an exciting environment to succeed, and each new opportunity affords me the benefits of working with the best minds and talent in the business, which ultimately lends to my continued learning and growth.