Lisa Kerney is the CBS New York sports anchor who is said to become the newest face of ESPN’s flagship show, Sportscenter.
— Lisa Kerney (@LisaKerney) January 29, 2014
Here’s what you need to know about her:
1. Kerney’s Baptism of Fire in New York Was With the New York Giants
She has been with CBS New York since January 2012. Her first story with the station was covering the New York Giants controversial parade thru Manhattan following their Super Bowl victory over the Patriots.
2. She Followed the Seahawks to the Super Bowl
— Lisa Kerney (@LisaKerney) December 29, 2013
Prior to joining CBS, Kerney was a reporter with the MLB Network where said her favorite assignment was covering teams during spring training in Florida. According to her CBS bio: “She also enjoyed that the length of time and more relaxed atmosphere allowed the players to open up and share personal expectations.”
Before the MLB Network, Kerney was based out west in Seattle with KING-TV where she was a Seahawks beat reporter. In 2005-06 she covered the team’s run to the playoffs and first Super Bowl appearance. Of the time, Kerney says:
The sheer excitement and explosive energy on the field after the Seahawks won the NFC Championship still gives me the chills. A truly unbelievable moment amidst an equally magical season.
3. Her First Job Was as a ‘One Man Band’
Her first real job in the media was in Montana with KXLF, the CBS affiliate in Butte, where she was the sports director fror the station. Kerney has described her role as being a “one man band.” In 2003, Kerney was given her first taste of the media, while still in college, as an intern with Time Warner Cable Metro Sports in Kansas City, Missouri.
4. Kerney Doesn’t Just Watch Sports
— Lisa Kerney (@LisaKerney) December 4, 2013
She was a college basketball star with Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, where she majored in communications as part of the class of 2004. Kerney attended the school on hoops scholarship, she rose to become captain of the team and was the school’s athlete of the year in her senior year.
5. She’s Married to a Former NFL Star
Originally from Overland Park, Kansas, as the middle child of five, she now lives with her husband and daughter in Connecticut, which should make for an easy commute to ESPN HQ in Bristol, Conn. She’s married to former Seahawk, Patrick Kerney. The couple were married in June 2010.
Her bio on CBS 2’s website says she enjoys “working out, cooking, baking and spending time with her family.” Her maiden name is Gangel, the name she went by when she was illuminating Seattle sports screens.
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