Josina Anderson is a National NFL Insider and reporter for ESPN. She primarily appears on NFL Live, NFL Insiders, Sunday NFL Countdown and SportsCenter. Her role spans enterprise feature reporting, serving as a game-day reporter for Countdown, and regular in-studio appearances on NFL Insiders.
Anderson, who originally joined ESPN as a Chicago-based reporter in August 2011, was named the company’s first female National NFL Insider in August 2015.
Anderson regularly breaks major NFL news stories for ESPN. One of her most notable exclusives was the first interview with Vontaze Burfict when the Bengals linebacker discussed his controversial hit – and ensuing suspension – on Antonio Brown in the 2016 NFL Playoffs.
She has also filed many memorable features for Countdown, including a poignant story on Giants running back Rashad Jennings and the relationship he has with his father; an all-access profile highlighting the maturation of Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall, and a thoughtful piece on the special bond between Browns cornerback Joe Haden and his younger brother.
Prior to ESPN, Anderson worked as a sports weekend co-anchor/reporter/producer for FOX 31 in Denver from August 2005 until joining ESPN, producing the nightly sportscasts and covering all the city’s local professional teams. She also served as reporter for Showtime’s award-winning Inside the NFL program from Sept. 2010 through Aug. 2011.
In Denver, Anderson earned her reputation as an elite reporter, breaking major national stories in sports – a rash of 6-10 positive tests by NFL players across four teams, a violation the NFL’s steroids policy that came to be known as the StarCaps case (Oct. 2008); Ricky Williams and Travis Henry testing positive for marijuana (July 2008); Charles Woodson and the Packers reaching an agreement on a contract extension (Sept. 2010); and more.
In 2009, Anderson received a Heartland Emmy award for “A Premonition to Addis Ababa,” which chronicled Colorado Crush quarterback John Dutton’s voyage to Ethiopia to adopt an 11-year-old boy.
Anderson began her television career in 2000 as a sports anchor/reporter at the CBS affiliate in Coos Bay, Ore. A year later, she moved onto Washington, D.C., where she worked on Redskins Magazine, Sideline Report and Roundball Report – all popular regional cable shows covering the city’s professional teams (Redskins, Wizards and Mystics), as well as the Georgetown and University of Maryland basketball teams. Anderson also hosted her own weekly sports radio segment on WKYS 93.9 called “ScoopCenter.”
A native of Washington D.C., Anderson was graduated with a degree in exercise and sports science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she competed in the 200- and 400-meter races as a track and field student-athlete.
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