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Chris Berman on the Moment He Learned of His Wife’s Death, and the Excruciating Task of Telling His Children

  • PEOPLE.com
Chris Berman on the Moment He Learned of His Wife’s Death, and the Excruciating Task of Telling His Children
It’s been more than four months since Chris Berman lost his wife in a car accident, but the legendary Espn sportscaster is still able to recall the moment when he first got the heartbreaking news — and then his struggle to tell his children.

Berman, 62, was preparing to watch the New York Mets take on the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field on May 9 when he found out his wife of 33 years, Kathy, had died in a two-car collision in Connecticut. The accident occurred one day before his birthday.

“I got a troubling call right around the start of the game,
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Espn’s New ‘Countdown’ Host Samantha Ponder on Navigating Pay Issues as a Woman in Sports Media

Espn’s New ‘Countdown’ Host Samantha Ponder on Navigating Pay Issues as a Woman in Sports Media
When the NFL’s new season kicks off next month, Espn’s flagship football pregame show will have a new look. Gone will be Chris Berman, who hosted “Sunday NFL Countdown” from 1986 through last season. In his place will be 31-year-old Samantha Ponder, a veteran of Espn’s college-football coverage.

Ponder spoke with Variety about navigating pay issues as a female sports broadcaster. Before she joined “Countdown,” gender-based income disparity had never been an issue for her. “I was always the sideline reporter or something similar to that — which is essentially, but this isn’t always true, the ‘woman’s job,’” she says. As such, there were few men to measure her compensation against. That changed with her deal to join “Countdown,” which puts her in a small but growing group of female sports TV journalists hosting studio shows.

Did it concern you when you got into the business that sideline reporter was considered the woman’s
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Bryan Cranston, Samuel L Jackson, Jeremy Renner Among the Presenters for 2017 Espy Awards

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Bryan Cranston, Samuel L Jackson, Jeremy Renner Among the Presenters for 2017 Espy Awards
The worlds of Hollywood, entertainment and sports are set to collide once again next week with the 25th annual Espy Awards. Bryan Cranston, Samuel L. Jackson and Jeremy Renner are among the A-list actors set to present at the 2017 ESPYs on July 12, which airs live at 8 p.m. Et on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning will host this year’s sports star-filled event, with Espn veteran Chris Berman, Dove Cameron, Eddie George, Nneka Ogwumike, Elizabeth Olsen, Danica Patrick and Issa Rae also named as presenters. Also Read: Peyton Manning to Host 25th
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Espn Layoffs: Longtime NFL Insider John Clayton Exits

Espn’s NFL coverage is going to look a lot different next season. After taking veteran Chris Berman off the pro football beat, the Worldwide Leader today laid off John Clayton, who had been covering the gridiron for the network since the first Clinton administration: I guess you saw the news. After 23 years I won't be contributing to Espn. Two words. Thank you. My bosses and co-workers are the best. — John Clayton (@ClaytonESPN) May 31, 2017 The bespectacled…
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Espn Veteran Chris Berman Is ‘Overwhelmed by the Outpouring of Love’ in Wake of Wife’s Death

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Espn Veteran Chris Berman Is ‘Overwhelmed by the Outpouring of Love’ in Wake of Wife’s Death
One day after it was announced that his wife had been killed in a car crash in Connecticut, Espn’s Chris Berman released a heartfelt statement of thanks for the outpouring of support he and has family have received. “We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and sympathy from so many folks we know, and so many others we look forward to knowing. Kathy Berman had a huge heart, and this would have warmed hers beyond belief,” the legendary sportscaster and NFL host said in a statement released by Espn. “It certainly warmed ours. All of us need to keep the family.
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Chris Berman Sends Thanks for ‘Outpouring of Love’ After Wife’s Death: ‘This Would Have Warmed’ Her Heart

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Chris Berman Sends Thanks for ‘Outpouring of Love’ After Wife’s Death: ‘This Would Have Warmed’ Her Heart
Sportscaster Chris Berman is thanking well-wishers for their words of support after the shocking death of his wife of 33 years, Kathy Berman, in a car accident on Tuesday.

In a statement obtained by ABC News, Berman and the couple’s two children, Douglas and Meredith, said, “We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and sympathy from so many folks we know, and so many others we look forward to knowing.”

“Kathy Berman had a huge heart, and this would have warmed hers beyond belief. It certainly warmed ours. All of us need to keep the family of Edward Bertulis
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Espn Sportscaster Chris Berman's Wife Kathy Killed in Car Crash

Espn Sportscaster Chris Berman's Wife Kathy Killed in Car Crash
The wife of longtime Espn broadcaster Chris Berman died in a traffic crash in Connecticut, the sports network's president confirmed Wednesday.

Katherine Ann Berman, 67, of Cheshire, Connecticut, was one of two victims in the two-vehicle crash at about 2:15 p.m. Tuesday in Woodbury, state police said. The other victim was identified by police as Edward Bertulis, 87, of Waterbury.

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"This is a devastating tragedy and difficult to comprehend," Espn President John Skipper said in a statement. "Chris is beloved by all his Espn colleagues and for good reason: He has a huge heart and has given so much to so many over the years. We know how much his family means to him and all we can do at a moment like this is give him the love and support he will surely need at this hour."

Both vehicles
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ESPN Anchor Chris Berman’s Wife Kathy Mourned After Fatal Car Accident

ESPN Anchor Chris Berman’s Wife Kathy Mourned After Fatal Car Accident
Sports journalists and figures took to social media to mourn the death of Katherine Berman (pictured above left), wife of longtime ESPN anchor Chris Berman.

Katherine, 67, was killed in a two-car accident Tuesday afternoon in Woodbury, Conn, according to authorities. Espn is headquartered in nearby Bristol, Conn., about 20 miles northeast. The driver of the second car, Edward Bertulis, 87, was also killed. The crash is currently under investigation.

“This is a devastating tragedy and difficult to comprehend,” John Skipper, president of Espn, said in a statement. “Chris is beloved by all his Espn colleagues and for good reason: He has a huge heart and has given so much to so many over the years. We know how much his family means to him and all we can do at a moment like this is give him the love and support he will surely need at this hour.”

Ironically, the sports community had gathered Tuesday to celebrate the 38th
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Friends Rally Around Chris Berman After Death of His Wife: ‘You Always Told Me She Was Your Rock’

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Friends Rally Around Chris Berman After Death of His Wife: ‘You Always Told Me She Was Your Rock’
Sports stars, fans and commentators alike mourned the death of Kathy Berman, the wife of legendary Espn sportscaster Chris Berman, after she died in a car accident in rural Connecticut on Tuesday.

Connecticut State Police told Patch that a vehicle driven by Edward Bertulis, 87, was struck in the back by the Lexus Kathy was driving while both were traveling eastbound on Sherman Hill Road in Woodbury.

Kathy’s car veered off the road down an embankment and overturned in a small body of water, while Bertulis’ vehicle crashed into utility pole and landed upside down in the center of the road.
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Chris Berman Gets Support from Big Stars After Wife's Death

  • TMZ
The sports world is rallying around Chris Berman after news broke that his wife died in a car wreck ... with huge stars sending their condolences and messages of support to the Espn legend.  Russell Wilson -- "Truly sad to hear Mrs. Kathy Berman is no longer with us. Praying for you Chris as I know you always told me she was your rock." WWE legend Jim Ross -- "So unfortunate for the #ChrisBerman family. My sincere condolences.
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Wife of Espn Legend Chris Berman Killed in Car Accident

Anyone who’s ever watched Espn in the history of the network’s existence knows who Chris Berman is. He’s a legend. He’s one of the first anchors to ever appear on Sportscenter and has been a staple in the sports world for over 30 years. Berman’s countless catch phrases like “he could go all the way!” or rhyming superstar athletes names on the fly with whatever comes to his mind have been part of Berman’s likeability and popularity. Unfortunately Chris Berman had a horrible loss today and we here at TVOvermind want to extend his family our deepest sympathy. Katherine Berman,

Wife of Espn Legend Chris Berman Killed in Car Accident
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Wife of Espn Legend Chris Berman Killed in Car Accident in Connecticut

  • The Wrap
Katherine Berman, the wife of legendary Espn sportscaster Chris Berman, died Tuesday in a double-fatality car accident, according to Connecticut state police. She was 67. Edward Bertulis, 87, was also killed in the crash. State Troopers are investigating the possibility that Bertulis suffered a medical emergency just before Berman’s car collided with the back of his car, according to the Hartford Courant. “This is a devastating tragedy and difficult to comprehend,” Espn President John Skipper said in a statement. “Chris is beloved by all his Espn colleagues and for good reason: he has a huge heart and has given so much.
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Espn Broadcaster Chris Berman’s Wife Kathy Killed in Car Crash

  • PEOPLE.com
Espn Broadcaster Chris Berman’s Wife Kathy Killed in Car Crash
Kathy Berman, the wife of legendary Espn sportscaster Chris Berman, has died in a car accident, Espn reports. She was 67.

The accident occurred in rural Connecticut, near the town of Woodbury. The driver of the other car involved in the incident, 87-year-old Edward Bertulis, also died in the incident.

“This is a devastating tragedy and difficult to comprehend,” Espn president John Skipper said in a statement Wednesday. “Chris is beloved by all his Espn colleagues and for good reason: He has a huge heart and has given so much to so many over the years.”
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Espn Broadcaster Chris Berman's Wife Dies in Car Crash

The wife of longtime Espn broadcaster Chris Berman has died in a traffic crash in Connecticut.

State police say 67-year-old Katherine Ann Berman was one of two victims in the two-vehicle crash at about 2:15 p.m. Tuesday in Woodbury. The other victim was 87-year-old Edward Bertulis of Waterbury.

Chris and Katherine Berman, now residents of Cheshire, Conn., were married in 1983 and had two children, Meredith and Doug. Katherine was a schoolteacher before they wed.

"This is a devastating tragedy and difficult to comprehend," John Skipper, president of Espn, said in a statement. "Chris is beloved by all his Espn...
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Espn Legend Chris Berman's Wife Katherine Killed In Car Accident (Photos + Document)

  • TMZ
The wife of Espn legend Chris Berman was killed in a bad crash in Connecticut on Tuesday ... when her car slammed into another vehicle, killing both drivers.  According to the police report obtained by TMZ Sports, 67-year-old Katherine Berman was driving her 2003 Lexus around 2:15 Pm when she slammed into the back of a Ford Escape. Officials say Katherine's car veered off the roadway and overturned into a small body of water, as seen in a photo from the scene,
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Espn Names Samantha Ponder, Suzy Kolber and Trey Wingo as New NFL Studio Hosts

  • The Wrap
Espn Names Samantha Ponder, Suzy Kolber and Trey Wingo as New NFL Studio Hosts
It’s going to take three hosts to fill the shoes of Espn veteran Chris Berman. The network announced Thursday that Suzy Kolber, Samantha Ponder and Trey Wingo will be the new NFL studio hosts for the 2017 season. Berman, who arrived at Espn a month after the network launched in 1979, announced in January that he would be scaling back his role there. However, he will still make appearances on-air and will also serve in public-facing roles on behalf of the company. Also Read: Jay Cutler's Release by Chicago Bears Sparks Online Celebration: 'Herpes of NFL Quarterbacks' “We have three exceptional hosts in Suzy,
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Big Talent Under the Gun as Espn Cuts Loom

Big Talent Under the Gun as Espn Cuts Loom
Espn’s last big round of layoffs took place in 2015 and stayed, for the most part, behind the camera. Its next round won’t be so deferential to talent.

The Disney-owned cable channel is set to reduce personnel in the coming months, with the bulk of cuts coming from the on-air ranks. The move is indicative of the growing pressure Espn feels as the cable ecosystem evolves, and of how the network plans to adapt in response.

According to Nielsen research, Espn had 87.4 million subscribers in March, down from more than 100 million six years ago. Subscriber erosion has presented a challenge for all cable channels in the era of skinny bundles — low-cost network packages delivered via broadband, such as DirecTV Now — but Espn, with its outsize presence in the cable landscape and the Walt Disney Co. portfolio, has been scrutinized more closely than most brands.

Espn demands the largest affiliate fee of any cable network, averaging
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Pregnant Espn Star Hits Back at Critics for ‘Sexist, Vulgar’ Comments About Her Appearance

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Rising Espn star Samantha Ponder is currently expecting her second child with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Christian Ponder, due later this year.

But in between work and chasing after their 2-year-old daughter, Bowden “Scout” Sainte-Claire, the 31-year-old sideline reporter took time to knock Twitter trolls who had been throwing hateful comments her way.

“Getting sexist/vulgar tweets abt my job/appearance while I’m unable to see my own feet & covered in toddler pee is somethin else I tell ya,” she wrote on Twitter.

Getting sexist/vulgar tweets abt my job/appearance while I'm unable to see my own feet
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ICM Partners Acquires Headline Media Management to Launch Broadcast Division

  • The Wrap
ICM Partners has acquired Headline Media Management, a firm which represents anchors, reporters, hosts and producers in news and sports broadcasting. Hmm CEO Lou Oppenheim and President Michael Glantz will join the agency as partners — Oppenheim will lead the new broadcasting department while Glantz will lead the news and programming divisions within the department. The agency is establishing the new broadcasting division to expand the representation of on-air talent, including Savannah Guthrie, Chris Berman, Wolf Blitzer, Mike Golic, Kevin Harlan and Meredith Vieira. Also Read: ICM Partners Names Mark Gordon Head of International Television “Lou and Michael have built an incredibly successful.
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ICM Partners Acquires Headline Media To Set Broadcasting Division; Savannah Guthrie & Wolf Blitzer Among New Clients

ICM Partners is getting back in the business of representing news and sports on-air talent and producers with the acquisition of Lou Oppenheim and Michael Glantz’s boutique New York-based firm Headline Media Management. The company’s clients who will now be repped by ICM Partners, include Today anchor Savannah Guthrie as well as Chris Berman, Wolf Blitzer, Mike Golic, Kevin Harlan, Mike Emrick, John Berman, Tom Jackson, Brad Nessler, Keith Hernandez, Brianna Keilar, Ryan…
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