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Rich Eisen co-anchors the 11:00 p.m. ET and 1 a.m. editions of SportsCenter and provides play-by-play on select Major League Baseball games. On Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001, he broke the news of St. Louis slugger Mark McGwire's retirement from baseball on SportsCenter. Eisen received a phone call and fax from McGwire that evening. The following Tuesday, Eisen sat down with McGwire for an exclusive interview elaborating on the decision. Eisen joined ESPN in March 1996 as a SportsCenter anchor, and has anchored a variety of programs including, Baseball Tonight, Baseball 2Day in its inaugural year - 2000, RPM 2Night, and the pre- and post-ESPY Award show. He has reported for SportsCenter from several World Series and All-Star Games and provided interviews during Home Run Derby (1999 and 2002). For ESPN Radio, he has served as host of Major League Baseball and as a guest host on the Tony Kornheiser Show and The Dan Patrick Show. Prior to joining ESPN, Eisen worked at KRCR-TV in Redding, Calif., as a sports anchor (1994-96). His television journalism career includes serving as the Medill News Service's Washington correspondent (1994) and as a production assistant for the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather and Connie Chung in 1994. Eisen worked in print journalism as a staff writer for the Staten Island Advance (1990-93) and at the Chicago Tribune covering Chicago public high school football and basketball (1993-94). Eisen was graduated in 1990 from the University of Michigan with a bachelor of arts degree in Communications and in 1994 from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism with a master of science degree in broadcast journalism.
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