ESPN's John Anderson is set to give his lecture on "SportsCenter Stories: Good stories, Great Writing and Do I Have to Wear Pants?" on March 23 in John R. Emens Auditorium. The original date for the David Letterman Distinguished Professional Lecture and Workshop Series speaker to visit Ball State was on Oct. 13, 2016, but he was forced to cancel "due to an emergency." Ball State University // Photo Courtesy
ESPN anchor John Anderson reschedules Ball State visit
ESPN "SportsCenter" anchor John Anderson has rescheduled his visit to Ball State to discuss sports journalism and entertainment, according to the university.
The lecture is titled "SportsCenter Stories: Good games, great stories and do I have have to wear pants?" and is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. March 23 in John R. Emens Auditorium.
Christopher Taylor, an instructor of telecommunications and director of digital sports production, said having Anderson speak at the university helps validate the direction of his program and promotes the university.
Date – March 23, 2017
Time – 7:30 p.m.
Location – Emens Auditorium
"For the Letterman lectures series and for Ball State sports and for what we are doing at Sports Link, having the external validation of someone of his prominence is very, very important to what we're doing," Taylor said. "He is a consummate professional, has a very heavy writing and journalism background and I think he is one of the most well-respected sports media folks out there."
Anderson's visit is part of the David Letterman Distinguished Professional Lecture and Workshop Series. The title for his lecture remains the same as it was for the original date of Oct. 13, 2016. That was before he had to cancel the appearance "due to an emergency," according to a press release sent out by the university.
Anderson has been with ESPN since June 1999, and started his reporting career as broadcaster at KOMU-TV in Columbia, Missouri. He was also a co-host for ABC's award-winning summer primetime TV show "Wipeout."
The anchor is originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin, and graduated from the University of Missouri's journalism school in 1987. He has since been honored with the Mizzou Faculty-Alumni Award in 2007.