More from The Q&A: Linda Cohn
SportsCenter anchor Linda Cohn loves to laugh.
That quickly became obvious when I sat down to chat with her earlier this week in Norman. She was in town for the Delta Gamma Foundation Lectureship in Values and Ethics, and she answered all sorts of questions. Here are a few that didn’t make it into The Q&A on my Page 2:
Jenni Carlson: You recently released a memoir. Lots of reviews have raved about how honest it was. Any writer’s remorse?
Linda Cohn: How the heck can you write a memoir without writing about the important people in your life, whether it’s your children, whether it’s your ex-husband. If it wasn’t for him, I don’t think I would ever have gotten as far as I did. So, that’s what I don’t get when people say that — “How did you open up your life?” I thought that’s what a memoir was supposed to be.
JC: What are you proudest of that you put out there?
LC: That I’m very human. That I have faults. That I have insecurities. That I had very low self-esteem. It isn’t an easy road out there. You do face a lot of challenges, and I wanted to tell people about it. Now that people have read the book, they have connected with it. They’ve told me. Some have even said it’s been therapeutic to hear my story and it helps them with their respective story.
JC: That has to be fulfilling.
LC: That’s one of the reasons I wrote the book. I felt that a lot of people could relate to it, and I wanted to help some people, too. I wanted to help young people, people like yourself, people younger than you and people older than you that wanted to know more about the business, wanted to know more about being a woman in the business, wanted to hear the truth. And I wanted to give them the truth, that it wasn’t an easy road. Most important to me, I wanted them to know that I’m a sports fan first and foremost and that I didn’t just get this job because I didn’t get a job at “Access Hollywood” or something.
JC: What most helped you endure through all that?
LC: You know what? It’s still a work in progress, but it is not letting the outside interfere with what’s going on on the inside. And what’s going on on the inside is telling yourself, “Remember, Linda, why you’re in this business, why you didn’t leave this business. You love sports. You have a passion for it.” It’s part of my makeup. I really enjoy that roller coaster ride, because even when I’m not doing it or working, I’m watching these games. I enjoy it. It’s a high for me, so what I’ve learned is, remember that.
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