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Lindsay Ann Czarniak (born November 7, 1977),[2] is an American sports anchor and reporter. After spending six years with WRC-TV, the NBC owned-and-operated station in Washington, D.C.,[3] Czarniak joined ESPN
ESPN
as a SportsCenter
SportsCenter
anchor in August 2011. She has also been a pit reporter and studio host for TNT's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Sprint Cup Series
coverage and a former co-host and reporter for the syndicated The George Michael Sports Machine. Czarniak served as a host and sportsdesk reporter for NBC
NBC
Sports coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.[4]

Contents

1 Biography

1.1 Early life 1.2 Career

2 Personal life 3 References 4 External links

Biography[edit] Early life[edit] Lindsay Czarniak
Lindsay Czarniak
was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
on November 7, 1977, and moved to Northern Virginia
Northern Virginia
with her family when she was five.[5] Her father, Chet Czarniak, spent 17 years working in a local newspaper's sports department. Growing up a sports fan, she played lacrosse and field hockey at Centreville High School. In 2000, she graduated from James Madison University
James Madison University
with a major in online journalism.[6][7] Career[edit]

Czarniak at the New England Patriots vs Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins
preseason game in 2009.

Czarniak started out as an intern for WUSA in Washington, D.C. while still a college student. Her broadcasting career began as a CNN production assistant. Her first on-air role as a news reporter occurred while working for WAWS in Jacksonville, Florida. She also worked for WTEV-TV (also in Jacksonville), WTVJ
WTVJ
in Miami, Florida, and the Speed Channel. In June 2005, Czarniak returned to the D.C. area and joined WRC-TV after she had received a phone call from George Michael to work as a sports anchor and reporter. She officially became the co-host of The George Michael Sports Machine in September 2006. In her first major assignment as a reporter, Czarniak traveled to Turin, Italy to relay coverage of the 2006 Winter Olympics
2006 Winter Olympics
for NBC
NBC
Sports. She has also served as a pit reporter in NASCAR
NASCAR
Nationwide Series
Nationwide Series
races at the Martinsville Speedway
Martinsville Speedway
and at the IRP Busch race. In March 2007, George Michael stepped down as NBC4's sports anchor. Czarniak and her colleague, Dan Hellie, then became the co-sports anchors. She was also tapped as a pit reporter for TNT's six-race Sprint Cup Series
Sprint Cup Series
schedule from Pocono to Chicago. She remained with TNT for the same schedule in 2008. Following the murder of free safety Sean Taylor
Sean Taylor
in November 2007, Czarniak was the first sports reporter to interview team players of the Washington Redskins.

Czarniak interviews Nicklas Bäckström
Nicklas Bäckström
at the press conference announcing his signing

Czarniak made a guest appearance on the edition of May 22, 2008 of The Tony Kornheiser Show, occupying the "chick chair." On that show, she told a humorous anecdote of being arrested for expired license plates by the DC Police on her way to a News 4 interview, which turned out to be an important public service warning for those who visit Washington, D.C. On July 17, 2008, Czarniak was honored at the Reading Phillies at Bowie Baysox
Bowie Baysox
doubleheader where she threw the first pitch. Czarniak also signed autographs during a meet and greet session throughout the games. Initially, Lindsay Czarniak
Lindsay Czarniak
Day was set to take place on July 21, but was changed due to a scheduling conflict. Fans at either the July 17 and the July 21 games received Lindsay Czarniak
Lindsay Czarniak
bobble heads.[8][9] On July 29, Czarniak posted one of several blogs just before leaving for her 2008 Summer Olympics
2008 Summer Olympics
duties in Beijing, China.[10] She was a sportsdesk reporter for NBC. She also sent in blogs to WRC-TV's Olympic zone of the website. Another one of her duties was hosting a half-hour show on Oxygen called Gymnastics on Oxygen. It was largely based around gymnastics and other Olympic competitions targeted toward women. It aired weekdays at 7:30 pm ET.[11] On June 23, 2011, it was announced that Czarniak would leave NBC
NBC
4 Washington to work at ESPN. On July 13, 2011, Czarniak made her final broadcast as a sports reporter at WRC-TV.[12][13] On August 19, 2011 Lindsay made her SportsCenter
SportsCenter
debut covering the evening's preseason football games.[14] In December 2012, she took the place of Jay Harris as co-host of the 6 pm SportsCenter
SportsCenter
after Harris moved to the 11 pm SportsCenter. On April 24, 2013, ESPN/ABC revealed that Czarniak would be replacing Brent Musburger
Brent Musburger
as the host of ABC's coverage of the 2013 Indianapolis 500. She will become the first woman to ever host the telecast. She succeeds Musburger as well as previous hosts and broadcast legends Jim McKay, Keith Jackson, Paul Page, and Al Michaels. In August 2017, her contract with ESPN
ESPN
expired. On February 12, 2018, Joe Gibbs Racing
Joe Gibbs Racing
announced that Czarniak would be joining the professional stock car racing team. She will be producing digital content during the Daytona 500
Daytona 500
along with features on each of the team's four Monster Energy Cup
Monster Energy Cup
Series racers.[15] Personal life[edit] Lindsay Czarniak's parents are Chet and Terri Czarniak. Chet has worked for the sports department at a Washington, D.C. based newspaper for 17 years before becoming the current managing editor of usatoday.com.[16] Terri is a former principal at Rose Hill Elementary School, a Fairfax County public school, in Alexandria, Virginia.[17] Lindsay's brother, Andrew, is a 2005 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy. He is currently serving in the U.S. Coast Guard. Czarniak appeared in the 2000 independent action film Aquarius, in which she played a character named Mist.[18] In 2009, Czarniak made a cameo appearance in the Chris Cooley-executive produced indie film, Ghosts Don't Exist. Czarniak married WRC-TV
WRC-TV
reporter and weekend anchor Craig Melvin on October 15, 2011 in Washington.[19] He currently works at MSNBC. Czarniak gave birth to their first son in 2014.[20] On June 16, 2016, Czarniak announced that she was pregnant again and made that announcement on the 6:00 p.m. ET SportsCenter
SportsCenter
before that night's Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals
2016 NBA Finals
in Cleveland. She gave birth to her second child, a daughter named Sibby, on November 6, 2016. References[edit]

^ Wedding Photo 2 Source ^ Lindsay Czarniak ^ "Sportscaster Lindsay Czarniak's career trajectory is only headed up", Washington Post, Paul Farhi, April 12, 2010 ^ Medium Well: Your NBC
NBC
Olympics lineup - A blog on sports media, news and networks - baltimoresun.com Archived November 30, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0194369/bio/ ^ Messages from Alumni Archived October 24, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. ^ Washington Flyer - League of Her Own Archived February 9, 2013, at Archive.is ^ Bowie Baysox ^ Lindsay Czarniak
Lindsay Czarniak
Honored At Bowie Baysox
Bowie Baysox
Game - Sports News Story - WRC Washington ^ NBCOlympics.com - Lindsay Leaves For Beijing ^ NBCOlympics.com - Wardrobe sneak peek ^ Lindsay Czarniak's emotional farewell to NBC ^ Lindsay Czarniak, sports anchor, to leave NBC4 for ESPN ^ Steinberg, Dan (July 1, 2011). " Lindsay Czarniak
Lindsay Czarniak
on going to ESPN". Washington Post. Retrieved July 1, 2011.  ^ Lindsay Czarniak
Lindsay Czarniak
to join Joe Gibbs Racing's team coverage for Daytona 500, Awful Announcing, Alex Putterman, February 14, 2018. Retrieved February 17, 2018. ^ "USATODAY.com". USA Today. May 16, 2005.  ^ Fairfax County Public Schools
Fairfax County Public Schools
- Directory of Schools & Centers ^ Aquarius (2000) ^ ESPN's Lindsay Czarniak
Lindsay Czarniak
and MSNBC's Craig Melvin wed ^ Heil, Emily (March 11, 2014). "Lindsay Czarniak, Craig Melvin welcome baby boy". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 

External links[edit]

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Lindsay Czarniak
bio at nbcwashington.com[permanent dead link] Lindsay Czarniak
Lindsay Czarniak
on IMDb

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