On Tuesday, April 12, 2011, the Center for Sport Leadership welcomed ESPN sports-reporter Bonnie Bernstein. She joined Greg Burton’s Sports Media and Communications to discuss her career path, experiences in the business, and answer questions for students. Bernstein is the current co-host, with Greg Buttle, of 1050 ESPN New York Football Live. She is one of the most recognizable and well-respected names in sports broadcasting.
A native of New Jersey, Bernstein graduated from the University of Maryland, where she was a four-time Academic All-American gymnast. From a small country radio station on the east coast to the bright lights of Reno, Bernstein’s career has taken her all over the country. She joined ESPN in 1995 as its Chicago Bureau Chief, where she covered Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls during their championship run. She also did reports for SportsCenter during the Major League Baseball Playoffs and the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championships.
Bernstein left ESPN for nearly eight years to join CBS, where she was the lead reporter for the NFL and NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships. She contributed to a number of features for a variety of different sports both professional and collegiate. After being diagnosed with a near fatal deep vein thrombosis in 2006, Bernstein knew that she needed to get off the road as much and decided to take some time off.
But it wasn’t long before ESPN came calling again. Bernstein began her second stint with ESPN in 2008 doing studio for the organization out of the New York. In 2009, she was named to the American Sportscasters Associations’ list of Top 15 All-time Female Sportscasters. She was the youngest journalist to have ever received this honor.
Bernstein’s visit to the CSL was an inspiration to all of the students who were present that day. She gave a lot of wonderful advice and entertained with her insider information. “I was inspired by Bonnie’s visit. She is truly an outstanding role model and I learned a great deal from the time we got to spend with her,” said current CSL student Lisa Hauck.
By: Mollie Wallace, CSL Class of 2011