Axthelm Memorial Lecture


ESPN "Sports Center" Host and Commentator

Trailblazing sports journalist, Linda Cohn, is recognized as one of America's most successful female sports anchors. Cohn has served as a "Sports Center" anchor since joining ESPN in 1992. The Long Island native graduated with a bachelor's degree in arts and communications from the State University of New York. She was the first full-time female sports anchor on a national radio network and spent time as a sports anchor at KIRO-TV in Seattle before joining ESPN.

She is the author of a memoir, "Cohn-Head: A No-Holds Barred Account of Breaking Into the Boys' Club." Her story allows us to see her personally and professionally; her dreams, victories, disappointments, obstacles and her gut determination. She also hosts her podcast "listen Closely to Linda Cohn" and has been featured in many of the show's comical "This is 'Sports Center'" commercials.

4 p.m., Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Monaghan Ballroom, Alumni Memorial Union

About the Axthelm Memorial Program
The Pete and Bonnie Axthelm Memorial Program was established in 1994 at Marquette University (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) to acknowledge and recognize the life of Pete Axthelm and his sister Bonnie. Every year this program awards a scholarship to an outstanding Marquette journalism student with an expressed interest in sports journalism.

Pete Axthelm was one of America's foremost sports journalists. Although a Yale alum, he created ties to Marquette University while working on his critically acclaimed book, "The City Game," which covers the glory and tragedy of New York basketball. While writing and researching his book, Axthelm sought the expertise of such Marquette notables as Al McGuire, Pat Smith, and Dean Meminger.

During his distinguished career as a sportswriter and columnist for the New York Herald Tribune, Sports Illustrated and Newsweek, Pete established a reputation as a gifted journalist. His knowledge of sports combined with his journalistic skills led him to sports commentator positions for NBC and ESPN.

Bonnie Axthelm was among the highest ranking women at 3M Europe during her lifetime. She began her notable career as a secretary at Media Networks Incorporated, eventually rising through the company to hold the top position of Executive Director of Corporate Marketing and Public Affairs. Bonnie’s name was added to the memorial scholarship in after her death in 1998.

Past Axthelm Scholarship Recipients
Past Axthelm Lecture Speakers
Selected Works by Pete Axthelm