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Biography Josina Anderson

Josina Anderson

Josina Anderson, 41, is an American sports journalist born on August 15, 1978 in Washington, DC, United States. She is currently working with the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN).  She appears in shows like the sports center, NFL Live, NFL Insiders and NFL Countdown. Josina is a prize-winning sports reporter, broadcasting for Fox Sports, ESPN, and many other sports games.

She was very passionate about sports during her early life, and her career kicked off while working as a presenter for her school basketball team. She also participated in track and field sprinting before enrolling as a student-athlete later at the University of North Carolina.

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After graduation, she got an internship with ‘The Donnie Simpson Morning Show’ on WPGC-FM radio and ‘The Tony Kornheiser Show’ on WTEM, then landed her first job as a news anchor/reporter for sports at the CBS affiliate in Coos Bay, Oregon. Since then, Josina has worked for local cable sports shows in Washington, Fox 31, and Showtime.

Quick Facts

Known As: Journalist

Birthday: August 15, 1978

Age: 41 Years

Height: 5’8″ (173 cm)

Sun Sign: Leo

Nationality: American

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Family: Lloyd Anderson (Father), Yasmin Anderson (Mother)

Ethnicity: African Americans, African American Women

Born In: Washington, D.C.; United States

Age, Family, And Nationality

Josina is now 41 years old, born on the 15th day of August 1978 in Washington, D.C. Her parents are Lloyd Anderson (father) and Yasmin Anderson (mother). She has a brother (name undisclosed) and works as is a film producer. She has American nationality and African-American Ethnicity.

Education, College, And University

She Went to Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland. At this school, she worked as the announcer for the Blazers, school basketball team. Josina later got a degree in exercise and sports science from the University of North Carolina.

Although she was an athlete during her time as a student, she also took part in the track and field events where she competed in the 200 and 400-meter races. Josina became a gold medalist in the AAU Junior Olympics. She also learned the ballet dancing from the Dance Theater of Harlem and Pennsylvania Ballet and has previously performed in the American Youth Ballet.

Career And Professional Life

Josina is a professional anchor and reporter. She began her career as a professional anchor in 2000, hired as an anchor for the CBS-affiliated Coos Bay. She then worked with Redskins Magazine, Sideline report, and Roundball Report, among others in 2001.

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She worked for FOX 31 as a sports weekend reporter, co-anchor and producer, and also produced night sports broadcast for Fox 31. In 2009, Josina won the Emmy award for a documentary she did title ‘A Premonition to Addis Ababa.’ Besides, she has contributed as a reporter in the ‘Inside the NFL’ television show.

In 2011, Josina got a job with ESPN, a Chicago-based bureau reporter as the first female National NFL Insider in the company. Josina also became famous for her work as a reporter and host for NFL Countdown, SportsCenter, NFL Live and NFL Insiders. Further, she has also excelled in her exclusive interviews in which she takes on different personalities.

Josina was a familiar face at the time of breaking news in the field as violation of steroid policies. Apart from working at Coos Bay in Oregon as sports anchor and reporter, she also worked in Washington Wizards, Georgetown Hoyas, as well as Washington Redskins. She covered several shows for the Redskins Magazine as well as for Maryland Terrapins. Besides, Josina hosted her show on 93.9 FM WKYS, ScoopCenter.

Net Worth, Salary, Awards, And Nominations

Authoritative sources estimate Josina’s net worth to be approximately $2.2 million, having earned it all from her job as a sports reporter, with an annual salary of about $65,000.

Josina Anderson is a talented Journalist and won an award for her documentary A Premonition To Addis Ababa, honored as Heartland Emmy Award. Additionally, she was awarded a Salute of Excellence award by The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).

Scandals And Controversies

Josina’s on-air report on former St. Louis Rams’ defensive end Michael Sam’s showering habits was met with criticism in August 2014. In this report, she was airing from St. Louis where Michael Sam survived the lay-offs round one. She reported that an anonymous player had her that Sam, who was an NFL training camp’s first openly gay player, would not shower before all his other teammates had showered.

Both ESPN and Josina were criticized in a widespread condemnation subsequently. Everyone, including LGBT activists, media personalities as well as Sam’s fellow players, spoke against the segment. Jeff Fisher, who is the Ram’s Coach, dubbed the segment “manufactured” and accused Josina Anderson of being “unprofessional” and “unethical.” As a rejoinder, ESPN defended the segment, but later on came out to issue a public apology.

There were also rumors that Josina got married to one of her co-workers. Nevertheless, her husband remains to be the searched person. She has not agreed to these claims and rumors publicly.

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