According to ESPN Media Zone, the worldwide leader in sports has reached an agreement with Chris McKendry in which the longtime SportsCenter anchor and host of live events will focus on tennis, continuing to front ESPN’s start-to-finish and extensive coverage of three of the sport’s Majors – the Australian and US Opens and Wimbledon.
Her final SportsCenter will be the 11 a.m. – noon ET edition on Thursday, March 31. It will include a special segment looking back on McKendry’s time with the show.
McKendry joined ESPN in 1996 as a SportsCenter anchor, adding a wide variety of assignments over the years – the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee; the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.; the Winter X Games and serving as a sideline reporter at the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, in addition to tennis, which also included the French Open for many years.
Born in Philadelphia, McKendry was graduated in 1990 from Drexel University with a bachelor’s degree in humanities. A dean’s list scholar for three years, she was a scholarship tennis player.