Jay Crawford became co-anchor of the mid-day SportsCenter in July 2012.
Crawford joined ESPN in August of 2003 as a co-host of ESPN2’s weekday morning show – Cold Pizza. In May 2007, the show moved to ESPN’s high-definition studio in Bristol, Conn., and was rechristened ESPN First Take. Crawford interviews guests, participates in discussion segments and shares hosting duties for the show’s “1st and 10” debate segments. The two-hour program, which mixes lighter sports stories with analysis of the day’s news, airs at 10 a.m. ET, and is repeated immediately at noon or continues live as breaking news warrants.
Before coming to ESPN, Crawford served as the sports director for WFTS-TV in Tampa, Fla., March 1998 to August 2003, notably covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl Championship in 2003. He was also the sports director for WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio (1993 – 1998).
Crawford served as a weekend sports anchor for WTIC-TV, Hartford, Conn., (March 1992 – July 1993). He began his sports television career in 1987 at WYMT-TV Hazard, Kentucky.
Crawford was graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1987 with a bachelor of arts in radio, television and film.
His professional achievements include winning four regional Emmy Awards – the Best Sportscaster Kentucky AP Award, as well as three SPJ Best Sports Program Awards. Jay has been a Children’s Miracle Network host and has contributes his time working with the Special Olympics.
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