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Craig Sager

Craig is a reporter for Turner Sports (2007) and covers golf, amateur sports, and NBA basketball for cable channel TNT. Before that he hosted Atlanta Hawks basketball games on TBS. The Batavia, Illinois native holds a bachelor’s degree in speech from Northwestern University and began his broadcast career in 1972 at WXLT-TV in Sarasota where he also worked for the local CBS radio affiliate, WSPB. He went on to do some reporting for WTSP-TV in St. Petersburg and was later named sports director for WINK-TV in Ft. Myers.

From 1979 to 1981, Sager was sports director and reporter at KMBC-TV in Kansas City, Missouri (1979-1981) where he handled play-by-play for the Kansas City Kings and Royals spring training games. In 1981, after conducting CNN’s first live remote report from the 1980 major league baseball playoffs, he signed with the network to co-anchor “Sports Tonight,” receiving a CableAce award for his efforts in 1985. While with CNN doing a variety of sports programs, including major league baseball, NFL football, and college football and basketball, he also anchored TBS Sports’ “College Football Scoreboard” from 1982 to 1985.

Craig covered the Goodwill Games from 1986 to 1998 for TBS and reported for TNT on NFL pre-game, halftime and post-game shows from 1990 to 1997. In 1991 he was sent to Havana, Cuba, for the Pan American games and, in 1999, San Juan, Puerto Rico, for the Tournament of the Americas’ Olympic Qualifying Basketball Tournament.

Sager has been honored by the Florida High School Coaches Association with a Sportscaster of the Year award and has won a Georgia Emmy for his work co-hosting the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday Parade from 1990 to 1995. Today (2007) he is a co-owner and president of Jocks and Jills Sports Grill, an Atlanta sports bar.

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