SportsCenter anchor Jade McCarthy has enjoyed every moment of her four years with ESPN, but some of her favorite memories were simply because of the people she’s shared a set with.
“When I think about highlights of my time at ESPN, a few things come to mind. Simply sitting on the set, hosting SportsCenter alongside Bob Ley is something I will always count as an achievement. He was who I watched – we all watched – for so long,” McCarthy said. “Similarly, working with Chris Berman on the Sunday NFL Countdown and bringing our viewers stories such as the path [NFL head coaches] Bruce Arians or Chip Kelly have traveled is memorable for me.”
McCarthy will continue to bring great stories to ESPN viewers after signing a multi-year contract extension with the company.
“I’m excited to continue to be a valuable part of what we do across all our platforms — including the opportunity to contribute to our NFL properties, E:60 and SportsCenter,” she said.
McCarthy has played an important role in some of ESPN’s biggest stories, some she will never forget.
“I was hosting SportsCenter when Aaron Hernandez was charged with murder. I remember speaking with [ESPN legal analyst] Roger Cossack on air immediately before and after – and while it may not seem this way in retrospect, that wasn’t the charge many expected,” McCarthy said. “It’s one of the moments you just don’t forget.”
Working in news has its ups and downs. Being a Boston Red Sox fan, McCarthy experienced one of the biggest highs in her career in 2013.
“There’s nothing like being at a game when your team wins– but if you’re not there then there is no better place to be than hosting SportsCenter,” said McCarthy. “I hosted the morning SportsCenter the day after the Red Sox won the World Series in 2013 – there wasn’t much sleeping but who cares!
“I’ve been watching the Red Sox since I was 6 when my great aunt got me into baseball. So to be there to share that excitement with sports fans everywhere was particularly memorable.”
McCarthy looks forward to making more memories both on and off the set and credits the people she works with for making her experience such a positive one.
“ESPN is a high-energy and innovative company filled with so many great minds. It’s really been a privilege to work alongside so many wonderful people,” she said. “We all share a unique bond in our love for sports and sharing it with our viewers, listeners, and readers.”