Grad Lib with Chris McKendry, ’90

Chris McKendry

Drexel Alumna Chris McKendry

BS Humanities & Communication ’90
Occupation: Sportscaster and Event Host, ESPN

DREXEL ALUMNA CHRIS McKENDRY has been an ESPN anchor since 1996 and co-host of the midday SportsCenter since 2008. A Philadelphia native and former Drexel tennis player, her broadcasting résumé includes the NFL Draft, Little League World Series, and all four tennis majors. Formerly a reporter for ABC-affiliate WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C., McKendry was the first woman television sports news anchor in the market.

Favorite food/restaurant?
Scales & Shells, Newport, RI. Awesome fresh fish joint.

Favorite two books right now?
I loved the Broadway show “Hamilton.” It got me hooked on history again. I am enjoying “The Quartet” by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Joseph Ellis, who also wrote “Founding Brothers.” I also just finished “It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War,” by Lynsey Addario. She is amazing.

Who are your heroes?
My mother. Billie Jean King.

Last time you did something for the first time?
A year ago [in] January, I climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge…with my then 11 year old. I question my parenting sometimes.

Best mistake you ever made?
Working every college summer for free…at a TV station.

Favorite Drexel memory?
Tennis team road trips. And sharing my college experience with my older brother, Dan (class of ’89).

Current event you wish people knew more about?
Food insecurity in the U.S., particularly affecting children.

Proudest accomplishment so far?
My children.

Best place the job has taken you?
Melbourne, Australia and Paris, France. I cannot choose between the two.

What are the best qualities a person can have?
Honesty. Conviction. Modesty.

What is your favorite of the five senses? Why?
Hearing. The best journalists and interviewers are the best listeners.

If you had the time to learn any skill, what would it be?
Playing the piano. I quit lessons in fifth grade. My mom said I would regret it, and she was right.

Do you have a catchphrase?
My catchphrase goes unsaid — I roll my eyes, often.

What would you name the autobiography of your life?
“Hi, I’m Chris. I Work in Sports…”

If you could communicate using only Twitter or Instagram, which would you choose (i.e. words or pictures)?
Instagram. Although don’t try finding me on it now — I’m not.

If you could trade places with someone for a day, who would it be?
Myself, 15 years ago. The things I could tell her…

What makes the world go ’round?
Intelligence. Humor. Sarcasm. Maybe not in that order.

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