ESPN’s John Anderson will be coming to Ball State to discussing sports journalism and entertainment.

Anderson will speak on the topic “SportsCenter Stories: Good Stories, Great Writing and Do I Have to Wear Pants?” Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Pruis Hall.

This is the first speaker in the annual David Letterman Distinguished Professional Lecture and Workshop Series.

Anderson is an anchor on the ESPN daily sports news show “SportsCenter,” where he is mostly seen in the studio or at major sporting events on the 11 p.m. program.

He has previously been a co-host of "Wipeout," the extreme obstacle course TV show on ABC. He was also the voice of a sportscaster alien from the future in an episode of the Disney XD animated series "Penn Zero: Part Time Hero" in 2015.

Sarah Parcell, a sophomore family consumer science education major, is glad Anderson is coming to Ball State to share some real world experience.

“I think that it is great that he is coming to Ball State,” Parcell said. “It would be good for people who are going into the sports journalism field to have someone come here and talk about what it’s actually like, not what the textbooks say.”

Anderson got his broadcast career start at KOMU-TV in Columbia, Missouri. He then worked in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Phoenix, Arizona, before joining ESPN in 1999 as an anchor on ESPNews.