John Anderson

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    John Anderson: Biography at a Glance

    • Anchor on ESPN’s “SportsCenter”
    • Co-hosted ABC's “Wipeout”
    • Co-wrote “Chi Chi's Golf Games You Gotta Play” with World Golf Hall of Famer Chi Chi Rodriguez
    • Founded Anderson Family Charitable Foundation, which provides assistance to underprivileged youth 



    John Anderson is an anchor on the Emmy-award winning daily studio show SportsCenter, ESPN's flagship TV series and co-host of the primetime reality hit show Wipeout on ABC, an extreme obstacle-course series on the network.

    In 2013, Anderson made his debut co-hosting ESPN's coverage of the ING New York City Marathon alongside Hannah Storm.

    Anderson joined ESPN in June 1999 as an ESPNEWS anchor and came to ESPN from KPHO-TV in Phoenix, Arizona, where he was a weekend sports anchor from 1996 to 1999. Prior to KPHO, Anderson was a sports reporter and weekend sports anchor at KOTV in Tulsa, Okla. (1990 to 1996), and a sports photographer and reporter at Tulsa's KTUL-TV from 1988 to 1990. Anderson began his broadcasting career at KOMU-TV in Columbia, Mo.

    John Anderson has won a number of awards for his reporting. In 1994 and 1995, John won the Outstanding Sports Feature Reporting Award from the Oklahoma Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. In 1997, John received the Associated Press Television Award for outstanding performance in broadcast journalism in 1997, while in Arizona. In January 2012, Jon won the Bill Teegins Oklahoma Sportscaster of the Year Award.

    In 2003, John co-wrote a book with golfer Chi Chi Rodriquez, Chi Chi's Golf Games You Gotta Play, which teaches players how to play better golf and have fun while playing.

    Anderson graduated from the University of Missouri's School of Journalism with a Bachelor's Degree in 1987. He was a four-year member of the men's track team, competing in high jump, and captained the squad his senior season. In 2007 he was honored with the Mizzou Faculty-Alumni Award for his contributions to the university, including an ESPN/Missouri internship for one journalism student that he began in 2003. In the fall of 2009, Anderson and his wife Tamara started the Anderson Family Charitable Foundation to help supply underprivileged youth with miscellaneous items such as backpacks, schools supplies and food.

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