Wanda Saunders is the loving and beautiful wife of John Saunders. Canadian sports journalist who for 30 years worked at ESPN and ABC; once was play-by-play announcer for the Toronto Raptors. Mr. Saunders died at the age of 61 on August 10, 2016 in New Jersey. He is survived by his wife Wanda and their two daughters Jenna and Aleah.
Wanda’s beloved husband was born in Ontario, Canada. He used to work for years as a sports journalist covering the NBA, MLB, NFL and NHL. As a Canadian he had a weakness for ice hockey.
As a youngster he was an all-star defenseman, and it was thanks to hockey and the scholarship he received that got him into Western Michigan University. His career as a sports journalist started in Canada.
In 1978, he was the news director for CKNS Radio and sports anchor at CKNY-TV, then in 1979 he joined ATV News. From 1980 to 1982 served as the main sports anchor for CITY-TV.
He moved to Baltimore in 1982 and worked as a sports anchor at WMAR-TV. After he left in 1986 he joined ESPN.
Saunders co-hosted NFL Primetime from 1987 to 1989.Was the studio host for the ESPN’s NHL broadcasts and studio host of ABC’s coverage of college football.
In 2002, he did play-by-play for ESPN’s coverage of the NBA; he later he joined Tom Jackson and Chris Berman, for the 7pm ET Sunday SportsCenter during the NFL season in 2008.
John Saunders’ wife Wanda Saunders, 56, was born Wanda R. Burton in August, 1960. They have two daughters Jenna T. Saunders and Aleah Noelle, 27. They live in Hastings-on-hudson, New York.
Jenna Saunders studied fashion at Ryerson University and works as an Intimates/Swim Design and Development Assistant at Shilo Byrd Studio, her sister Aleah attended at Hastings high school and Fordham University.