Early life[ edit ] Lindsay Czarniak was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvaniaon November 7,and moved to Northern Virginia with her family when she was five. Growing up a sports fan, she played lacrosse and field hockey at Centreville High School. Inshe graduated from James Madison University with a major in online journalism.
Women had to break barriers and even taboos when it came to participating in sports.
Now, something that was so foreign years ago is progressing as the years go on. Women, Black women specifically, are being recognized for their talents in all things sports-related, including sports anchoring. The year-old discusses her journey, challenges, and much more in sports below.
When did you first know you wanted to work in television?
I first knew I wanted to work in television when I was in eighth grade. I lived in Chicago, and I went to a broadcast museum, and they had a fake anchor set.
Have you ever thought about being in television as your profession? I got my first job doing news but I always wanted to do sports. My family is big in sports: my cousin has two gold medals; my other cousin played professional soccer; I did competitive cheerleading and gymnastics, so it felt natural.
My old news director once told me not to be so bubbly doing news. Being an athlete myself and still wanting to be in television was like a perfect marriage of the two.
My biggest win in my career is being as successful as I am at To be able to have that title is mind-blowing. What is your biggest challenge as a sports anchor? My biggest challenge is knowing everything.
You have to be smarter than the people who live, breathe, and will die for their team. Sports is always evolving and growing and not playing every sport has been a study thing and not a way of life for me.
What advice would you give to the younger Sherree and why? No one is. Obviously being perfect and getting everything right is the goal but [so is] accepting that sometimes there are flaws.
As long as I learn and I grow.
Where do you see your industry heading? The future of television, sports, and media is headed in a digital age. There is nothing like using Twitter and Instagram to get viewers and get information out there quicker. You have to build up your brand.
That can be your Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, websites, and podcasts. Anything that gets your name out there so people get a feel of who you are and like you. Sports anchors are all going to the same game, doing the same interviews, but the reason you tune in to a certain channel or follow a certain someone is that you like who they are.
You have to have that draw to people. The biggest advice I give to people is that you just have to be nice in this business. People have to like you and be able to connect with you to build your brand.
The way you do that is through social media.
With the growth of the internet, the options are endless of what you can do.