ESPN will have a new Chicago Bears reporter for the 2022 season, the network announced Monday.
Courtney Cronin, who has spent the previous five years covering the Minnesota Vikings beat, will be relocating to the Windy City to report on the Bears.
“This is an opportunity of a lifetime to be back in the city that raised me and be near my family,” Cronin said in a statement Monday. “I’m overjoyed to also continue to grow in my role as a national host for ESPN Radio and can’t think of a better market than Chicago to expand my reach.”
Cronin’s writing about the Bears will continue to be found on ESPN.com and will carry on with appearances on ESPN Radio and TV.
As she leaves the Vikings beat, Cronin wrote about how impactful her time in Minneapolis was.
“You all challenged me to be the best version of myself professionally and personally and I appreciated everyone who read and listened to my coverage,” she said. “I arrived from Oakland, California at 27 years old not knowing anyone and very little about the team I would be covering…I am so grateful for my time here and all who impacted it, and I will miss you all dearly.”
A graduate of Indiana University, Cronin has had stops at the San Jose Mercury News and The Clarion-Ledger in Mississippi before getting to ESPN in 2017.
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