Former ESPN anchor Jay Crawford, who was let go during the company's round of layoffs in April 2017, has taken a new broadcasting job. Come fall, Crawford will be on the air in his native Ohio.
He's joining the team at WKYC in Cleveland, the network announced today. Crawford will be involved in multiple newscasts and will host "a daily interactive, multi-platform midday news show built around relevant and relatable storytelling and engaging live interviews."
“When I began my TV career it was always my goal to one day work in the Cleveland market,” Crawford said. “After 15 years of living in the northeast and covering sports at the network level, I am absolutely thrilled to be coming home to work in and cover the community I love. I anxiously await launching the latest phase of my career at WKYC-TV and expanding my broadcasting and digital experience into the fast-paced world of news.”
Crawford worked at ESPN from 2003 until April 2017. While at the Worldwide Leader, he served as the host of ESPN morning show Cold Pizza, which later became First Take.
Crawford also anchored SportsCenter live with Chris McKendry in the midday for two years until being laid off. Since September 2017, he has served as an Executive in Residence at his alma mater, Bowling Green State University.
Recently, Crawford turned some heads when he said on Twitter that many of his former colleagues “couldn’t help themselves” from speaking about politics on the air.
His comments were in response to a Los Angeles Times story about new ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro and the vision he has for the network.