John Saunders (born February 2, 1955) is a CanadianAmerican sports journalist from Toronto, Ontario. He is currently working for ESPN and ABC.


Early life and careerEdit

According to his ABC biography, "Saunders, an all-star defenseman in the Montreal junior leagues, received a scholarship and played hockey at Western Michigan University from 1974–76." His brother, Bernie Saunders, also played hockey at Western during this time. The university's official hockey media guide lists Saunders as having played limited time for the Broncos in that time frame, and also lists his hometown as Ajax, Ontario. He attended high school in Montreal. He transferred to Ryerson University in Toronto and played for the Rams from 1976-78., After the 77-78 season Saunders was named to the Ontario University Athletic Association All Star team .[1] Began his broadcasting career as Country John Saunders at CHOO radio in Ajax Ontario. He was the news director for CKNS Radio (Espanola, Ontario, 1978), and sports anchor at CKNY-TV (Ontario, 1978–1979) and at ATV News (New Brunswick, 1979–1980). He also served as the main sports anchor for CITY-TV (Toronto, 1980–1982). He then moved to the United States to work as a sports anchor at WMAR-TV (Baltimore, 1982–1986).[2].

Career at ESPN and ABC SportsEdit

Saunders came to ESPN in 1986, is currently the host of ESPN's The Sports Reporters He previously co-hosted NFL Primetime from 1987 to 1989. He was also the studio host for the network's NHL broadcasts from 1992–93 until 2004, and is currently the studio host of ABC's coverage of college football.

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Hockey History: Player Register (PDF). 2007-08 Western Michigan Hockey Media Guide 80. Western Michigan University Athletics. Retrieved on 2007-12-29.
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