May 10, 2008

In a reshaping of the network's signature show, Hannah Storm is joining ESPN as the co-anchor of a new SportsCenter morning edition, has learned.

The formal announcement is expected to come Tuesday morning in New York City at ESPN's upfront presentation -- the annual May event in which giddy television executives unveil to advertisers its future programming plans. Two additional extended SportsCenters are expected to follow the Storm-fronted show. "We're declining comment," said ESPN spokesperson Mike Soltys on Saturday.

Interestingly, the revamped SportsCenters will compete against the ESPN2 morning block of Mike & Mike In the Morning and First Take. Storm is expected to start sometime in the next couple of months. Emails to Storm's agent, Jim Griffin, were not immediately returned.

Storm, 45, has deep roots in sports. She became the first full-time female sports anchor at CNN in 1989 before moving to NBC Sports in 1992, where she worked for a decade. During her tenure at NBC, Storm anchored part of the network's Olympic coverage, as well as served as a pregame host for the NBA and Major League Baseball. She later moved to CBS to co-anchor the network's The Early Show, a position she held for five years before the network made a staffing change last December. Her CBS contract expired this month.

Storm is married to the NBC sportscaster Dan Hicks. The pair have three daughters and live in Connecticut.

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