Dianna Marie Russini
February 11, 1983
Bronx, New York, U.S.
|Education||George Mason University|
Dianna Marie Russini (born February 11, 1983) is an American sports journalist who currently works as an NFL host, reporter, insider, and analyst for ESPN on NFL Countdown and NFL Live. Russini joined ESPN and became a SportsCenter anchor in July 2015. Prior to being hired by ESPN, she worked as the main sports anchor for WRC-TV in Washington, D.C.
Born in The Bronx, Russini grew up in Norwood, New Jersey and attended Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan, where she was All State in soccer, basketball, softball and track. She played women's soccer for four seasons at George Mason University.
At the time she joined the network, she was the youngest reporter hired at WNBC in New York City as a reporter. She moved to sports soon after moving to Seattle as a reporter and anchor for CSN Northwest, News 12 Westchester and NBC stations: WRC-TV, WNBC, and WVIT. In July 2015, Russini joined ESPN after Disney executives saw her sportscast in DC, she was soon picked up by ESPN to anchor SportsCenter. Russini also anchors SportsCenter.
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