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John Anderson (born May 13, 1965) is a sports journalist from Green Bay, Wisconsin, and a host of the ESPN TV program SportsCenter since June 1999.[2] Since Brian Kenny's departure to the MLB Network, he mostly appears on the 11pm-1am edition with John Buccigross and Kenny Mayne. He also co-hosted the TV series Wipeout.

John Anderson
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Anderson in February 2010.
Born (1965-05-13) May 13, 1965 (ageĀ 54)
EducationUniversity of Missouri, 1987[1]
TitleSportsCenter anchor


Anderson graduated from Green Bay Southwest High School in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Anderson has a journalism degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri. He is active within the MU Alumni Association and can often be seen at Missouri Tigers sporting events. Anderson was the Grand Marshal at Missouri's 2002 homecoming football game,[1][3] in which Missouri beat the University of Kansas. He was the Graduation Speaker at the School of Journalism's December 2007 graduation ceremony.

One of the reasons Anderson decided to attend Missouri was so that he could compete as a high jumper on the track and field team. As a student, Anderson worked at KOMU-TV, but any work on the sports desk was voluntary. After graduating, he spent time in Tulsa, Oklahoma, working for KTUL-TV and KOTV-TV, and he also worked in Phoenix at KPHO-TV before joining ESPN.

From 2008 to 2014, he and John Henson hosted Wipeout, a reality game show on ABC.[4]

Anderson is an avid fan of Wisconsin sports teams, especially the Milwaukee Brewers, and usually voices some measure of support for them when handling their highlights.

John Anderson was also awarded the Bill Teegins Oklahoma Sportscaster of the year award in January 2012.


  1. ^ a b Mizzou Magazine. "Grand marshals through the years". Fall 2011. Retrieved on May 26, 2013.
  2. ^ Television Week. "Q&A: ESPN's John Anderson". April 2010. Retrieved on May 26, 2013.
  3. ^ Mizzou Alumni Association. "Past HCSC". Retrieved on May 26, 2013.
  4. ^ Stelter, Brian. "Gluttons for Punishment Are Balm for ABC". New York Times, July 21, 2009. Retrieved on May 26, 2013.

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