Women To Know: ESPN Reporter Josina Anderson
Sports Reporter for ESPN
Tenacity and a true knack for interviewing has given Josina Anderson the spotlight in some of the NFL’s most breaking and memorable news stories. The D.C. native is a National NFL Insider and reporter for ESPN and appears on NFL Live, Sunday NFL Countdown, Fantasy Football Now and SportsCenter. She began her television career as a sports anchor and reporter at the CBS affiliate in Coos Bay, Ore. She a weekend sports co-anchor, reporter, and producer for FOX 31 in Denver, where she produced the nightly sportscasts and covered the city’s local professional teams. In the early stages of her career, Andreson was willing to travel anywhere to break a story, and worked tirelessly to land interviews.
She began working with ESPN in 2011 and was named the company’s first female National NFL Insider in August 2015.
Anderson’s love for sports began early. She was an announcer during basketball matches at her high school and also competed in track and field. She was in the AAU Junior Olympics in the 200 and 400 meter races and won a gold medal. She graduated from the University of North Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science. Anderson is also an accomplished ballet dancer; she worked with Dance Theater of Harlem and Pennsylvania Ballet – she was also a solo ballet dancer for the American Youth Ballet.
Last year, Anderson sat down with New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and rapper Lil Wayne to talk football, sports, and critical moments in their life. The interview is the clearest example of Anderson’s skill at relating to the human experience.
She told Sporting News, “I think we as women in this industry can branch out — and do other things — that maximize our earnings potential beyond what the cap is of the industry.
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