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ESPN's Michelle Bonner Offers Advice to Students
Submitted by Lynne Kelly
Bonner, who is recognized as the first female to hold the position of lead sports anchor in America, spoke to students about her journey through the ranks of sports broadcasting to reach her position at ESPN.
Bonner graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in English literature, but realized that she wanted to get into sports broadcasting. She took classes in television production and fulfilled an internship at a local TV station in Boston. Her primary role during her internship was logging Celtics games.
From there, Bonner moved around the country, first as a producer in West Virginia, and then as an on-air talent in Bangor, Maine. She explained that in her first few positions, the pay was not great, but the experience was invaluable.
She also made stops in Houston, at Fox Sports, Los Angeles, CNN and finally ESPN.
Bonner stressed to the students the importance of gaining as much experience in the field of broadcasting as possible if an individual wants to get into this highly competitive field. She also said that some of the most important aspects of a career in sports broadcasting are hard work, perseverance, a love and understanding of sports, and a passion for delivering sports news to your audience.
HSTV, the School of Communication and the University of Hartford would like to thank Michelle Bonner for sharing her insight and advice.