Sara Walsh laid off ESPN twins

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Former ESPN anchor with 3 failed pregnancies pens poignant post about how lucky she is

She was laid off after returning from maternity leave—but she's grateful for the job she has now.


Josh Katzowitz


Posted on May 15, 2017   Updated on May 24, 2021, 2:24 pm CDT

When ESPN, the most dominant sports media company in the country, laid off about 100 people last month, many sports fans and observers decried the move. One couldn’t help notice that while ESPN was bidding billions of dollars for the rights to show the NBA, NFL, MLB, and college football, the network was dismissing some of the best journalists the company had produced.

But former ESPN anchor Sara Walsh has a different take. Walsh made news about a week after the initial layoffs when it was revealed that she had been let go after returning from maternity leave.

That certainly didn’t provide the best optics for ESPN, and plenty of people criticized the company for the seemingly cold-hearted decision.

But on Mother’s Day—her first as a mother—Walsh provided the following story about her pregnancy and how it came to be.

As she wrote on Instagram, it wasn’t easy for her to get and stay pregnant. Walsh wrote about suffering through a miscarriage while on the SportsCenter set and her husband having to text her hospital options during commercial breaks. She said it then got “worse”; after that loss, she went on to have two more failed pregnancies.

When she got pregnant with her twins last year, she opted to wear certain clothes and stand at certain angles on camera so she wouldn’t get asked about being pregnant again, in case she miscarried again.

It’s a personal read for any woman who has so badly wanted to be a mother.

Though Walsh’s future as a broadcaster is uncertain, she knows that having these two eggs in her basket has made her world a better place.

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*First Published: May 15, 2017, 12:02 pm CDT