John Anderson

John Anderson

Mizzou University
Columbia, Missouri
Award Winner


BJ '87, is a true tiger. You may know him as anchor of ESPN SportsCenter or co-host of Wipe Out!, but John is an incredible ambassador for his alma mater. His career in broadcast has taken him across the country, but he has stayed active as a volunteer, donor, and advocate for MU. In 2002, John served as Homecoming Grand Marshal. Two years later, he joined the Mizzou Alumni Association's Sesquicentennial Celebration Committee.

One of John's biggest commitments to Mizzou was sharing his time and leadership as a member of the Jefferson Club Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees directs the activities and business of the Jefferson Club, the University's premiere recognition society, and serves the Office of Advancement in an advisory capacity related to best practices for stewardship and donor relations. John was a member from 2011-2018 and served as chair from 2016-2018.

As a former letter-winner, John is a member of Varsity M. He also volunteers for Mizzou Athletics. John shared media training tips with Mizzou athletes in September 2016 as part of their Mizzou Made curriculum. He has talked with members of the Mizzou football team on multiple occasions, often sharing the advice of his track coach at Mizzou. Additionally, John is a donor and continues to invest in the lives of student-athletes to ensure they are successful both on and off the field of competition. John became a life member of the Mizzou Alumni Association in 1994.

In addition to his service, John is a generous donor to Mizzou. He established the Walter and Karen Collins Unrestricted Endowment in Journalism in honor of his parents and created and supports a scholarship program at ESPN exclusively for Mizzou students.

Aside from his service to Mizzou, John and his wife, Tamara, also established the Anderson Family Charitable Foundation. They have hosted several events in Columbia including a walk/run and golf tournament. Established in 2009, the foundation focuses on providing assistance to under-served elementary school-aged children in the public school system and their families. To date, the foundation has provided more than $325,000 to help under-served children in public schools including Columbia.