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Erin Hawksworth Hired As WJLA's New Sports Anchor

August 20, 2015

Erin Hawksworth will be the new sports anchor for Channel 7/WJLA beginning Sept. 8.

She will replace the station's longtime top sports anchor, Tim Brant, who left D.C.'s Sinclair-owned ABC affiliate in May. Brant left amid contract disputes with Sinclair management, which acquired the station from Allbritton a year ago.

Most recently, Hawksworth has been working as a sports anchor for CNN in Atlanta, where she's been hosting "World Sport" on the news network's CNN International channel. 

She has also worked as an anchor and reporter for TV stations in Toronto, Dallas, Boston and Seattle.

Born in Vancouver, Canada, Hawksworth grew up in the Seattle area. She got her start as an intern for NBC covering the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.

"We're thrilled to welcome Erin to D.C.," WJLA news director Mitch Jacob said in a statement. "She's experienced and passionate about sports. Our viewers will love her energy and enthusiasm."

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Redskins legend John Riggins returns to the D.C. airwaves as a contributor to CBS sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan. 

He will provide commentary and analysis on the Redskins and NFL with appearances with afternoon drive host Chad Dukes at 5 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays during the Redskins' season. His first appearance was Aug. 14. 

Also, Riggins will host "The John Riggins Show" with Grant Paulsen every Monday at 6 p.m., leading into "Monday Night Football" broadcasts on WJFK. 

"After about four years now, it's time to get back in [the local broadcasting business], roll my sleeves up and let people know what I think," Riggins said via a WJFK release. 

WJFK program director Chris Kinard echoed Riggins' sentiments.

"John Riggins is a dynamic personality who is unafraid to tell it exactly like it is," Kinard said in the release. "He's also perhaps the most popular Redskins player of all time." 

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Comcast SportsNet will combine the D.C. coverage of CSNwashington.com and the Baltimore coverage of CSNbaltimore.com with a new merged site -- CSNmidatlantic.com

The Bethesda, Md.,-based regional sports network is also launching a CSN Mid-Atlantic application for iOS and Android devices. 

"In addition to making it easier to access all of our great content, the integration allows us to create more material and broaden our reach by aligning our brands and consolidating our marketing and sales efforts," CSN Mid-Atlantic president Rebecca Schulte said in a statement. 

Other features of the revamped website include live news conference streaming, real-time social media portals and national sports stories from NBCSports.com, the CSN release added.

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