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ESPN Announces Major Staff Cuts

ESPN announced a number of talent cuts Wednesday, including familiar faces in television, radio and even digital. As many as 100 staffers were laid off, including:

  • Ed Werder, an NFL correspondent who has been with the network since 1998. He covered the National Football League for Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown, NFL Live and SportsCenter.

  • Paul Kuharsky, an NFL writer for ESPN Online covering the Tennessee Titans, will be leaving in July. He has been with ESPN since  2008.

  • Trent Dilfer, an NFL studio analyst who has appeared on a variety of network programs, including NFL Live, NFL PrimeTime, SportsCenter and Monday Night Countdown. He was also a part of ESPN’s Super Bowl week and NFL Draft coverage, and provided regular insight and analysis on ESPN Radio. Dilfer has been with ESPN since 2006.

  • Jay Crawford, SportsCenter anchor since 2012.  He was on-air weekdays from 11am to noon, examining the day’s biggest sports headlines. Crawford has been with ESPN since 2003.

  • Jayson Stark, a baseball insider at ESPN and a baseball analyst for Baseball Tonight. Stark was a veteran baseball writer who prior to ESPN, had spent 21 years at the Philadelphia Inquirer.

  • Andy Katz, a senior writer for ESPN Online and covered men’s college basketball. He was also the host of Capital Games where he discussed sports and politics. Katz joined ESPN in 1999 as a sports writer.

  • Danny Kanell, a notable college football analyst and co-host of Russillo & Kanell on ESPN Radio. He has been with the network since 2009.

  • Britt McHenry, a Washington-based Reporter for ESPN covering major sports stories for SportsCenter, Sunday NFL Countdown, Baseball Tonight and other programs, as well as ESPN digital platforms. She joined the network in 2014.

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