Longtime ESPN anchor John Saunders has died at the age of 61.
Saunders joined ESPN in December 1986 to anchor SportsCenter. He announced college football and basketball games as well as the WNBA and the NHL, hosted Stanley Cup playoff coverage and was part of the cable network's teams reporting on MLB's All-Star Game and the World Series. He anchored SportsCenter and hosted The Sports Reporters. You can read more about his career from ESPN and the New York Times.
RTDNA Chair Kathy Walker said, "The emotion in Hannah Storm’s voice as she announced the death of long-time ESPN anchor John Saunders was telling. Without question, ESPN has lost a huge voice, a profoundly talented sports journalist and host and a well-liked member of its team. John Saunders worked at ESPN for nearly 30 years. On behalf of RTDNA, we offer our deep condolences to ESPN and the Saunders family, including his wife, Wanda, and two daughters."