“ESPN SportsCenter Anchor John Anderson Announces Retirement After 23-Year Run”

After a lengthy and distinguished career, ESPN SportsCenter anchor John Anderson has announced his retirement from the show, effective at the end of June.

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The decision was revealed by Anchor John Anderson himself during an episode of his podcast, Inside Wisconsin, which he co-hosts alongside Trevor Thomas. Expressing his intentions, Anderson shared, “My contract runs out at ESPN at the end of June and I have decided that will be the end. I’m going to leave the company. I’m going to, sort of, retire from SportsCenter.”

Looking ahead to his post-retirement plans, Anchor John Anderson expressed enthusiasm for pursuing other interests, particularly in the realm of track and field. He mentioned his excitement about covering events like the Boston Marathon, the New York Marathon, NCAA track meets, and SEC competitions.

Anderson’s tenure at ESPN spans back to 1999, during which he became a fixture of the network’s late-night programming for over two decades. Reflecting on his time at ESPN, Anderson acknowledged the changes within the organization, stating, “I feel like it’s been a good run and the operation has changed, I don’t know if it has passed me by but, it’s taken its toll.”

Prior to joining ESPN, Anderson had a background in sports anchoring, having worked in various locations such as Phoenix, Arizona, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Columbia, Missouri. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, graduating in 1987.

Addressing his future beyond ESPN, Anderson expressed uncertainty but indicated that he has several potential opportunities in the pipeline. However, he made it clear that SportsCenter would no longer be a part of his professional endeavors, stating, “I’m done and where I go next, I don’t know that I’ll be back to Wisconsin or Missouri or Arkansas or Phoenix or South Carolina. I don’t know what’s quite next, I have some things in the fire, but SportsCenter will not be it anymore.”

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