Dianna Russini

NFL Host/Reporter

Dianna Russini joined ESPN in July, 2015, as a SportsCenter anchor and in the summer of 2017 transitioned to a host and reporter for ESPN’s year-round NFL coverage.

Her multi-faceted role includes hosting, analysis, reporting and features. She contributes to NFL Live and Sunday NFL Countdown, as well as SportsCenter, and has the opportunity to break NFL news stories.

Prior to joining ESPN, Russini was the main sports anchor at WRC-TV (NBC4) in Washington, D.C. anchoring evening sportscasts, reporting from major live events and breaking news on both television and social media.

Russini worked as an anchor and reporter for both news and sports for NBC Connecticut before going to Washington. She covered the Boston Marathon bombing, reported live from Boston Garden at the first professional sporting event after the bombing and was one of the first reporters on the scene during the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.

She moved to Washington after the news director for WRC-TV saw Russini reporting for NBC Connecticut on the UConn Women’s basketball team reaching the Final Four.

Prior to working in Connecticut, Russini worked for Comcast Sports in Seattle, WNBC in New York City, and News 12 Westchester, N.Y. She started her TV career interning at ABC News for Diane Sawyer and WABC.

Russini played four sports in high school and was a Division 1 college soccer player at George Mason University for four years. She is a native of Bronx, N.Y., and grew up in Norwood, N.J.