Michael Barkann joined USA Sports in 1991 as a field reporter for USA's coverage of the US Open Tennis Championships. He is renowned for his offbeat and fun interview style with players, celebrities, and fans. In 2004, Barkann will also spend time as one of USA's play-by-play commentators, as well as retaining his reporter duties.
For the 14th year in a row, Barkann will be covering the grounds of the USTA National Tennis Center in search of feature stories to complement USA Sports' US Open coverage. Barkann served as a sideline reporter for USA Sports' coverage of World League Football, and provided feature reports for USA Sports' weekly boxing series, Tuesday Night Fights.
Barkann currently serves as host/anchor for Comcast SportsNet in Philadelphia. He formerly served as sports director at WLVI in Boston, where he was nominated for four Boston-area Emmy Awards. Before Boston, Barkann was the sports anchor at KYW-TV in Philadelphia, where he earned three Philadelphia Sports Emmy Awards. Barkann was rewarded in 2003 with the Mid-Atlantic Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement Host/Talk Program on Comcast SportsNet.
Barkann further gained broadcast television exposure in both 1992 and 1994 while serving as CBS Sports' reporter for speedskating during the Olympic Winter Games, as well as while serving as CBS Sports' sideline reporter during the 1996 Fiesta Bowl and 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan.
Barkann was born on April 30, 1960 in Jersey City, New Jersey. He resides in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania with his wife and two children.