(Update: according to the Facebook page of WBEZ reporter Cheryl Rae-Stout, she’s rumored to be heading to New York!)
You’ve seen her on Comcast Sports Net Chicago for three years. And for the last few months, you’ve seen her on NBC 5 Chicago on Friday and Sunday nights. Well, no more- as sportscaster Sarah Kustok is leaving the Chicago market.Word of her new job has not been released at this time, but we do know that her last day at CSN will be August 3rd.
Kustok’s people are mum on the new gig because it appears the ink is still drying. The Orland Park, IL and Carl Sandburg graduate has quite a following. She had a crazed Blackhawks fan tell her “I love you Sarah, you’re so pretty” live during a shoot the puck competition.
And she developed nearly 3,000 Twitter followers literally overnight.
A star athlete at DePaul University, where she graduated with a communication/media studies degree in 2004, Kustok, 30, worked as a sideline reporter for ESPN’s college and high school remote football broadcasts before joining Comcast SportsNet in 2009.
Tragedy struck Kustok’s family in September 2010 when her mother, Anita “Jeanie” Kustok, was shot to death in her southwest suburban Orland Park home. Allan Kustok, Anita’s husband and Sarah’s father, was charged with first-degree murder and is awaiting trial.
No word yet on who is replacing Kustok at CSN, or for Blackhawks sideline reports. Kustok replaced Kerry Sayers when she joined the network in 2009.
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