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Michael Barkann
Born April 30, 1960 (1960-04-30) (age 49)
Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Sportscaster
Spouse(s) Ellen Barkann (2 children)
Children Emily and Matthew

Michael Barkann (born April 30, 1960 in Jersey City, New Jersey) is an award winning sports host, anchor and reporter for Comcast SportsNet and The USA Network.

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Education

Barkann is a graduate of Syracuse University, class of 1982. He graduated with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.[1] Syracuse is widely regarded as the best communications university in the world.

Broadcasting career

In 1997, Barkann began his current role as host/reporter at Comcast SportsNet, Philadelphia. On October 1, 1997 he brought the network on the air as host of Daily News Live. The show was not projected to succeed by many at first, but with Barkann at the helm, DNL grew to become what is widely considered the best local sports program. The success of Barkann's Daily News Live sparked many other SportsNet affiliates to establish similar programs.

Through his career, Barkann has also hosted Eagles Post Game Live, featuring Gov. Ed Rendell, Hall of Famer Ray Didinger, and former Super Bowl champion Vaughn Hebron. He also hosted Monday Night Live and a program called Spotlight, which are both now off-air. Barkann frequently serves as host of Sixers, Flyers and Phillies Postgame Live.

Barkann's career also includes many national jobs. He served as a field reporter for USA Network's coverage of the U.S. Open Tennis Championships from 1991-2008. In 2009, coverage shifted to ESPN, but the open coincided with a severe injury Barkann suffered while running on the beach with his son. It is unclear if his first absence at the Open in nearly 20 years was because of the injury (which prohibited him from standing for long periods) or because of the coverage changing networks. His absence caused complaints from tennis fans to flow in, and posts to be written across the internet requesting his participation in the 2010 Open. It has been mentioned that a return to next year's Open will be likely, however the capacity of the reporter's return is not currently clear. [2]

Barkann's career also includes work reporting for CBS. With CBS he has covered major events, including, in 1998, the Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan; in 1994, the Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway, as a speed skating reporter as Dan Jansen won a Gold Medal in the 1000m.

In 1992, Barkann was a reporter at the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France[3] where he also covered the Dan Jansen story.[4]

Barkann's career also thoroughly involves the NCAA he has covered the Final Four and Fiesta Bowl for CBS as well as being a familiar face around Big 5 Basketball events and telecasts.

Barkann is a former XFL commentator. He worked the UPN (now CW) game telecasts. He has mentioned several times that he is not proud to have been a part of the XFL and has failed to mention his participation in many interviews where he was asked to recall his career.

Personal life

Barkann resides with his wife Ellen, who was instrumental in the startup of The Philadelphia Sports Group, which serves as a talent marketing agency for local and national athletes and sports media members, and two kids (Emily and Matthew) in Newtown Square, PA.

Upon the death of John Marzano, a good friend of Barkann's and a Comcast Sportsnet friend and analyst, who made his last TV appearance on Barkann's Daily News Live, Barkann stated, “John was one of those rare persons who put a smile on your face the moment you saw him. He was joyous and he was proud." Barkann read the eulogy at Marzano's funeral and frequently recalls the shortened life of his great friend and colleague.

Awards

  • Named Pennsylvania's Sportscaster of the Year in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2007.
  • Recipient of 1989 Mid-Atlantic Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement Sports Reporter
  • Recipient of 1989 Mid-Atlantic Emmy for Outstanding Sports Feature
  • Recipient of 1991 Mid-Atlantic Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement Sports Reporter
  • Recipient of 2003 Mid-Atlantic Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement Host/Talk Program
  • Recipient of 2006 Mid-Atlantic Emmy for Outstanding Talk Program
  • 5-time Philadelphia Sports Emmy Award winner

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