Following a 20 year run on ESPN’s flagship program, SportsCenter, Chris McKendry is currently the host of ESPN’s Grand Slam tennis coverage. Her broadcasting resume includes all four majors, including ESPN’s unprecedented position of start-to-finish coverage of three – the Australian Open (since 1984), Wimbledon (since 2003, exclusive since 2012) and the US Open (since 2009, exclusive since 2015).
McKendry first anchored SportsCenter in 1996, shifting to ESPNEWS for the launch of the 24-hour sports news network. She returned to SportsCenter later that year.
Additionally, McKendry has served as host of ABC and ESPN’s coverage of the Little League World Series. She was co-host of ESPN’s coverage of the Winter X Games and late-night host for the X Games in 1997 and 1998. She was the sideline reporter for ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC Sports’ telecasts of the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and has hosted the ESPN’s coverage of the National Spelling Bee. McKendry also served as a columnist on ESPN.com‘s “Page Two” In 2001 and 2002.
Prior to joining ESPN, McKendry had been at WJLA-TV, the ABC affiliate in Washington, D.C., where she was a sports reporter, as well as the first woman to work as a television sports news anchor in the market (1994-96). In June 1996, she received a regional Sports Emmy in the Best Sports Segment. While at WJLA-TV, McKendry also co-hosted Redskin Magazine, a one-hour, live pregame show. In 1996, she was sideline and feature reporter for TNT and TBS during the NBA Playoffs.
Born in Philadelphia, McKendry was graduated from Drexel University in 1990. A dean’s list scholar for three years, McKendry attended Drexel on a tennis scholarship.