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Craig Sager – American Sports Reporter

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Here is complete information about Craig Sager, a well known American Sports Reporter. He was born on June 29, 1951 and died on December 15, 2016. He was suffering from Acute myeloid leukemia. He used to cover an array of sports from 1981 until 2016 for CNN, TBS and TNT. He worked as a TV sports broadcaster, commentator and announcer.

He attended Batavia High School and became popular though an essay entitled “How and Why I Should Show Respect to the American Flag” in a contest. He graduated from Northwestern University in Chicago and later acquired a bachelor’s degree in Speech. His career began as a reporter for WXLT (now WWSB-Channel 40). Then he worked as a radio news director in 1974. He then joined KMBC-Channel 9 in Kansas City. 

He conducted first live remote report by CNN from the 1980 baseball playoffs. He covered the Pan American Games, and 1990 FIFA World Cup.  He was an expert in telecasting of golf, tennis and covered with National Football League on TNT’s telecasts from 1990 – 1997.

He covered men’s and women’s basketball for NBC’s Olympic since the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. He also worked as a reporter for NBC Sports coverage of basketball in 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

He married Lisa Gabel (1980-2002) and later Stacy Strebel (2001–2016) and had 5 children (Craig Jr., Kacy, and Krista (from his first marriage), and Ryan and Riley, with his second wife). He also has a sister, Candy Menzemer.

Awards

  • July 13, 2016 – Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the 2016 ESPY Awards show
  • 2017 recipient of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Media Award.[24] The award was handed out in September 2017.

 

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