Bonnie Bernstein: Outstanding TV Sports Reporter
by Seymour “Sy” Brody
Bonnie Bernstein overcame the obstacles of being a woman sportscaster and rose to stardom in television and radio broadcasting. She has covered Super Bowls, United States Open Tennis Championships and the National Basketball Association finals.
She was born in Brooklyn, NY, on August 16, 1970. Her family moved to Howell, New Jersey. Her parents were reform Jews and she didn’t have a formal Jewish education.
She felt that attending Hebrew school was not a prerequisite to appreciate who you are. She feels that she has a common thread with Jews who have struggled and survived.
Bernstein attended the University of Maryland and participated in gymnastics, played soccer and ran track. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in broadcast journalism.
In college, she was a four-time Academic All-America in gymnastics and she also received the Thomas M. Fields Award for academic and athletic excellence
After graduation, she worked for a Delaware, MD, radio station before accepting her first television assignment in WMDT-TV, Salisbury, MD, in 1993. After a short stay, she went to KRNV-TV (NBC) and KRNV Radio in Reno, Nevada, 1993-1995. Bernstein became the city’s first female sports anchor
In 1995, she became a correspondent for ESPN’s “Sports Center,” in Bristol, Connecticut. In 1998, Bernstein joined CBS where she mostly covered football games, interviewing players and coaches.
In July 2006, she signed on with ABC/ESPN to cover ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball.” Additionally, she covers the Natioanl Football League for CBS TV/Westwood One Radio.
Bonnie Bernstein is the living example that being a woman, Jewish and intelligent can lead to success as a broadcaster in television and radio.
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