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Phil Murphy

SportsCenter Anchor, sub-Saharan Africa

SportsCenter Anchor, sub-Saharan Africa

Phil Murphy is the host of SportsCenter across sub-Saharan Africa. Murphy joined ESPN in January 2010 after five years covering high school sports in and around Washington, D.C. Since joining ESPN, he has worked as a producer, reporter and on-air anchor, contributing to ESPN’s coverage of college football, college basketball, recruiting and mixed martial arts.

Murphy hosts the daily SportsCenter produced by ESPN as part of its long-term collaboration with Econet Media’s Kwesé in sub-Saharan Africa. The daily program will air nightly at 8pm locally (CAT) and with a predominately American sports focus will provide a fast-paced snapshot of the top stories in global sport for fans in 19 African countries.

As a self-described “military brat,” Murphy grew up in the Eastern United States and Western Europe, developing an affinity for travel and global sport, particularly global soccer, American football and basketball.

Murphy has lived in Gonbach, Germany, Alabama, Connecticut, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Virginia and has a degree in marketing from George Mason University. He is an avid recreational athlete and outdoorsman, including interests in weightlifting, soccer, hiking and mountaineering – the latter of which includes summiting two of the world’s “Seven Summits” — Mount Aconcagua in Argentina (22,841 ft. / 6,961 m) and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania (19,341 ft. / 5,895 m).

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