Josina Anderson joined ESPN as a Chicago-based bureau reporter in August 2011. She covers the National Football League, the NBA and other sports. Anderson primarily appears on Sunday NFL Countdown, NFL Live and other NFL shows, as well as ESPN’s flagship news and information program SportsCenter.
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 as a sports anchor/reporter at the CBS affiliate in Coos Bay, Ore., in 2000, before a stint in Washington, D.C., in September 2001, working on Redskins Magazine, Sideline Report and Roundball Report – all popular regional cable shows covering the city’s professional teams (Redskins, Wizards and the Mystics), and 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 track and field a student-athlete.