ESPN anchor Lindsay Czarniak gave the commencement speech at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia this year that happened on this past May. Czarniak herself graduated in 2000 with journalism major and a minor in studio art and has since become one of the most recognized women at ESPN. The sportscaster was extremely honored and touched to be a part of this ceremony as it was just not too long ago that she was in those stands herself preparing to do the walk towards getting her diploma. During her speech she spoke about how neat it was to be a part of the JMU community and it is only the beginning of the students’ bright future.
The Pennsylvania native comes from a family with a sports history as her father, Chet Czarniak, spent almost two decades working in the sports department of a local newspaper. She got an internship with CNN as a production assistant while she was still in college, but that is where her broadcasting career really began. By 2006 she became the co-host of The George Michael Sports Machine, and from then on she had a number of other outstanding activities. As of 2011, Czarniak announced that she was leaving NBC to take a job at ESPN;s SportsCenter where she still works today and covers pre-season football among other things.
Czarniak was this year’s commencement speaker at JMU, which was not only a great motivational speech for the students but it allowed the anchor to revisit the campus that she herself came from.
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