Lindsay Czarniak joined ESPN in August 2011 as a SportsCenter anchor, also hosting SportsNation and NASCAR Now. In January 2015 she became solo anchor of the 6 p.m. ET SportsCenter, having joined John Anderson as co-host of the program in 2012.
Prior to joining ESPN, Czarniak served as sports anchor and reporter at WRC-TV (NBC4) in Washington, D.C. anchoring daily sportscasts, reporting from major live events and hosting Sports Final, Redskins Report and the Coach’s Show with Mike Shanahan. During her time in DC, she was a protégé of WRC’s longtime sports anchor George Michael, who hired her as a sports reporter and weekend sports anchor in 2005. Michael called her “the best hire I’ve ever made.”
At NBC4, Czarniak covered all of the region’s professional teams and hosted and produced the sports-interview segment Lunch With Lindsay where she interviewed nationally known athletes, politicians and entertainers about topical issues, on and off the field. She also worked for the station’s parent network, NBC, reporting from the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy, and the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing. She also served as a pit reporter and host for NBC Sports’ NASCAR coverage and sideline reporter for the networks’ Heads-Up Poker challenge.
While at NBC in Washington, D.C., she also worked for Turner Sports, taking over as pre-race studio host for their NASCAR Sprint Cup series coverage of the network’s six summer races after years as a pit reporter/feature reporter.
Prior to joining NBC4, Czarniak served as an intern for WUSA in Washington, D.C. while still a college student before moving to CNN as a production assistant. Her first on-air role as a news reporter was for WAWS/WTEV-TV in Jacksonville, Fla., before working in Miami at WTVJ and the Speed Channel.
Born in Harrisburg, Penn., Czarniak was raised in northern Virginia in a sports atmosphere, with her father working as a sports reporter and editor for USA Today. She played lacrosse and field hockey in high school, and graduated from James Madison University in 2000 with a major in journalism and a minor in studio art.