Linda Cohn is a longtime anchor of ESPN's SportsCenter and has filled myriad roles, including hosting ESPNEWS's NFL Blitz and ESPN2's College Football Saturdays. She made history in 1987 by becoming the first full-time U.S. female sports anchor on a national radio network, when hired by ABC. Her TV career began in 1988. Cohn lives in Southbury, Connecticut.
Cohn-Head: A No-Holds-Barred Account of Breaking Into the Boys' Clubby Linda Cohn
The real challenge is when a baseball player comes up to you to do an interview and then drops his towel just as you’re about to ask your first question. I know it’s difficult for you guys out there to understand, just because it may be a fantasy of yours for a woman to come up to you in a locker room somewhere and drop her towel. But the opposite does
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The real challenge is when a baseball player comes up to you to do an interview and then drops his towel just as you’re about to ask your first question. I know it’s difficult for you guys out there to understand, just because it may be a fantasy of yours for a woman to come up to you in a locker room somewhere and drop her towel. But the opposite does not hold true. It really doesn’t. In fact, it’s a little creepy.”
One of America’s most successful female anchors lays bare her hard-fought rise to the top of the sportscasting boys’ club and her life inside the ESPN empire. She talks candidly about her own successes and missteps, and reveals her humorous, rewarding, and frightening interviews with sports personalities.
Growing up in a dysfunctional family, Linda Cohn became a diehard sports fan and a goalie on her high school (boys’) hockey teamsetting the stage for college hockey stardom, when she was affectionately known as "Cohn-Head” by her teammates. She got her first break in sportscasting by covering a team she hated. She discusses the sexual tension all too present both in the workplace and the locker room, and her close encounters with the likes of Michael Jordan, Matthew McConaughey, and Jay-Z.
Written with verve, Cohn-Head is a riveting reada must for sports fans of both sexes, as well as anyone who seeks insight into how one woman made a man’s world her own.
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What a great read! It was great to read about a female sports personality who is not a ditz or so busy hitting on athletes they have lost perspective on how much influence they have over the younger generation of women trying to break in. This book will help any young woman trying to make her mark in sports or any other business.
I have been waiting a long time for a book like this. A female voice in a male runned business! Linda is probably more knowledgeable than any other sportscaster and she should have a prime anchor spot on ESPN, regularly! Go Mets!
Great read! Very entertaining. Gives the reader a look into sports from a woman's perspective.