June 13, 2020
Veteran ESPN sportscaster Linda Cohn has caught the attention of viewers since her first day on air, and at the age of 60, the talented sports anchor is still thriving doing her stuff. Apart from her excellent career, the beautiful blonde is a proud mom of two and enjoys a close relationship with the children.
For many years sportscasting was sidelined as a no go area for female journalists, but along came a beautiful young blonde, Linda Cohn, who waltzed in and tore down the stereotype.
Linda Cohn is a hockey lover, and as a New Yorker, she is a passionate supporter of the New York Knicks, New York Mets, New York Giants and New York Rangers. Cohn has achieved so much success in her career that people tend to forget that she also has a beautiful life outside work with her two grown-up kids and her marriage to Stew Kaufman.
LINDA COHN'S PERSONAL LIFE
Linda Cohn was born on November 19, 1959, in Long Island, New York. The veteran anchor grew up watching sports with her father, who was an ardent sports fan.
As a teenager, Cohn's mom registered her in a hockey league where she played the game she loved so much with boys, although they were much younger than her.
In several interviews, Cohn lauded her parents' influence as a significant factor in her successful sportscasting career.
In 1980, Linda Cohn got married to Stew Kaufman while she was still a student at SUNY Oswego. The two were married for about 28 years and share two children, daughter Sammy, and son Dan Kaufman.
The former couple got divorced in 2008 after rumors that Cohn had cheated on Kaufman with a professional hockey coach, Matt City, whom she went on to date for about 11 years. Linda Cohn's husband, Kaufman, at the time, never gave any reason for the divorce and has moved on quietly.
"I thought I loved Stew and I said 'I love you' to him frequently. I had to admit that, emotionally, I was always holding a little bit back."
After her divorce, Cohn, 60, took a break from hosting ESPN's "SportsCenter" to focus on spending more time with her children. However, her unquestionable desire to be the best meant there would be a price that was paid by her inability to be there during holidays and vacations.
Despite her busy work schedules, the renowned anchor has found a way to maintain a good relationship with both Sammy and Dan. On mother's day, the proud mom took to her Instagram page to share a picture with her kids and wrote down a sweet message in which she described them as the "true loves" of her life.
LINDA COHN'S CAREER
Growing up, Linda Cohn had always been a lover of sports, especially hockey, and while at SUNY, she played as a goalie for the women's ice hockey team. Her contribution to the team during her years in college and afterward was recognized in 2006 when she was inducted into the Oswego State Athletics Hall of Fame.
In 1981, she graduated from the State University of New York, Oswego, with a Bachelors' degree in Arts and communication and immediately began her career as a sports anchor while working for a New York-based radio station.
She later worked for three more New York-based radio stations as a sports presenter, between 1984 to 1987. In 1988, Linda Cohn made history when she was hired by WABC, becoming the first woman to be a full-time anchor on a national radio station.
Cohn later got her television breakthrough that same year, when she was hired by SportsChannel America, one of ESPN's main competition at the time.
Before she made her career-defining move to ESPN, Cohn was hired by KIRO-TV in Seattle, Washington, where she worked as a sports anchor.
LINDA COHN'S CAREER DEFINING JOURNEY AT ESPN
In 1992, the experienced sports commentator was hired by leading sports network ESPN as an anchor on their sports program, "SportsCenter."
Cohn made her "SportsCenter" debut on July 11, 1992, alongside veteran journalist Chris Myers and in several interviews, she said all she wanted to do was to show the viewers she loved sports and had a good knowledge of it.
Linda Cohn's ESPN career didn't come without its glitches, and in 1994, the award-winning sports commentator nearly got fired when she got called in by ESPN management for an emergency meeting. Speaking to her former co-anchor on his radio show, she said:
"They weren't happy. They said, 'We know you know sports. We know you love sports. But we're not seeing it on TV. We're gonna give you six months. We need to see improvement.'"
Despite her disappointment in how the meeting turned out, Cohn picked herself up and agreed to work with a video coach hired by the network who was charged with helping her communicate her love for sports to the audience better.
Cohn managed to turn the corner, and nearly 22 years after that meeting, she became the longest-serving ESPN "SportsCenter" anchor, and in 2016, she was recognized for hosting her 5000th "SportsCenter."
The self-confessed hockey lover also hosts "In The Crease," a nightly program on ESPN that covers all the thrills and frills during the NHL season.
The highly respected journalist has enjoyed a career in ESPN spanning over three decades, and she has hosted several other programs on the network within that time. In 2014, Cohn was voted as one of the 25 most influential women in sports.
Linda Cohn's pioneering journey into sports entertainment has blazed the trail and paved the way for a new set of ESPN female hosts who look up to her as a constant reminder that nothing is impossible.