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31 female sportscasters everyone should know


Charissa Thompson – on air

This Fox Sports 1 and NBC reporter has made quite an impression throughout her illustrious career. Born in Seattle, she always knew she wanted to be a sports anchor. She served as one of the hosts on Sportsnation, and worked at ESPN and the Big Ten Network.

Charissa Thompson – on air

Thompson also worked her way onto programs such as the NBA and MLB All Star Game. More recently, she was hired to be the host of the Netflix physical endurance competition show, Ultimate Beastmaster.

Charissa Thompson – off air

Despite being a natural at sports news, Charissa actually earned her B.A. in Law and Society, which is not the norm for most television personas, who usually major in journalism or similar fields.

Charissa Thompson – off air

However, it turned out that her background in law comes in handy for her when working on stories that involve player or coaching scandals. Her diverse background has made her a huge asset to sports agencies, and she is very sought after.

Michelle Beadle – on air

Michelle Beadle is an ESPN reporter and one of the hosts on ESPN2 and Sportsnation. She also worked for the YES network, among various other gigs, before she became more popular. When she first applied to work at ESPN, they asked her opinion on what might improve the show.

Michelle Beadle – on air

Not taking it too seriously, she wrote a “sarcastic list of 10 stupid things.” Much to her surprise, it wowed them, and managed to land her the job.

Michelle Beadle – off air

Beadle is a Texas girl at heart, and when she wants to take a break from her day job as a journalist, she likes to go back there and chill. A proud fan of the San Antonio Spurs, she loves spending time with family and friends while they watch games.

Michelle Beadle – off air

The last thing missing from that equation is her Texas food – on one of her visits back home, she enjoyed a sit down at the Alamo Cafe, where she enjoyed her favorite Mexican dish – tortillas.

Alex Curry – on air

Curry, most notably known for her work on Team Ninja Warrior, is a relentless ball of energy. She played soccer for San Diego State University and helped them win a championship in 2006.

Alex Curry – on air

Audiences around the world love her enthusiasm for sports and her ability to connect with whoever she is talking to. Covering practically every sport across the board, she is very well rounded, but she likes focusing on sports with a bit of punch.

Alex Curry – off air

Alex isn’t just an awesome presence in the world of sportscasting – she also happens to be a health nut. She is very conscious when it come to her eating and workout habits, along with her sleeping schedule.

Alex Curry – off air

Alex is also completely gluten-free, which is a characteristic that her entire family shares. With a strong thirst for adventure, Alex has a wide array of eclectic hobbies, such as hiking and yoga.

Heidi Watney – on air

This University of San Diego graduate is one of those classic TV personalities. An MLB network host, she consistently gives baseball fans quality TV with her vivacious energy, and her passion for sports.

Heidi Watney – on air

In 2008, Watney worked in Boston as a host on The Red Sox Report, and continued to be an all around sportscaster for the Red Sox. In 2011, she moved to Los Angeles to work for Time Warner Cable Sportsnet – until eventually joining the MLB Network.

Heidi Watney – off air

A former gymnast Clovis West High School, she eventually went on to receive a National Merit Scholarship, and become an honors graduate. Away from the hustle and bustle of the sports world, Heidi has also managed to find the time to get married.

Heidi Watney – off air

Her wedding took place in 2014 on the 31st of December – New Year’s Eve. Her husband is Mike Wickham, who works in the MLB also as an executive. She is also an avid Instagram user, so check her out!

Jenn Brown – on air

The winner of 2 Emmy awards, Jenn Brown is one of the biggest names in American sports journalism. An athlete herself, she plays multiple sports, and attended Florida University where she played Division I softball for 4 years.

Jenn Brown – on air

With this strong background in sports, she was a natural when it came to tackling major sports stories, reporting for NFL network and becoming an ESPN host for 8 years. She also served as reporter on various events such as the X Games, the NFL Draft, and the Little League World Series.

Jenn Brown – off air

Jenn is a TV persona known to a large portion of the American sports watching community. But guess what – she is also a mom! Married to Wes Chatham, an actor in the Hunger Games franchise, she had her first child, Nash in 2014.

Jenn Brown – off air

Her second son Rhett was born in 2016, rounding out the family number to an even 4. Brown has told People magazine that they feel complete, but are remaining open to potentially having more kids in the future.

Erin Andrews – on air

A 39-year-old hailing from Lewiston, Maine, this A-list sportscaster first made her stamp when she appeared on ESPN’s College Gameday. In 2000, she started working for Fox, and four years later moved to ESPN, where she became a staple reporter for nearly a decade.

Erin Andrews – on air

From Super Bowl events to World Series appearances, sports broadcasters all across the states are always happy to have Andrews on call for her informed opinions and infectious energy.

Erin Andrews – off air

For anyone scratching their heads about what makes Andrews tick, they might do well to know that she is a fighter – with a deep well of grit to back it up. The Dancing With The Stars co-host was faced with a traumatic event after someone posted an intimate video of her online.

Erin Andrews – off air

She thought that she would never work again, but she was mistaken. Nearly a decade later, she continues to appear professionally on television as a sports reporter, and the reason is clear – people still love her!

Britt McHenry – on air

This 31-year-old from Satellite Beach, Florida attended Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, before starting her career as a reporter at NewsChannel 8. She also worked as a journalist for the baseball team, the San Diego Padres.

Britt McHenry – on air

Growing popular amongst the masses, she eventually moved on to appear on Baseball Tonight and Outside The Lines. After working a number of years for ESPN, she moved to Fox News Channel, where she currently works.

Britt McHenry – off air

McHenry isn’t afraid to voice her opinions on matters that she believes in. Beyond the TV screen and through social media, she has gained a substantial following, sharing her conservative views on subjects outside the sports world.

Britt McHenry – off air

“What’s attractive to me right now is more than just sports,” says Britt. “And there aren’t a lot of women who are not afraid to express their opinion… I feel like a weight’s been lifted off my shoulders, that I can say what I believe.”

Kristen Ledlow – on air

Kristen Ledlow played many sports in high school, such as track, volleyball, and basketball. The winner of a Miss Capital USA crown, she has also attended Southeastern University.

Kristen Ledlow – on air

She is probably best known as the host of NBA Inside Stuff, a program that documents certain NBA players throughout their day-to-day lives. Kristen is presently the only woman to have been a host on the NBA TV channel. She has previously also worked for CNN as a sports anchor.

Kristen Ledlow – off air

Kristen’s appearances vary from action packed, sideline reporting, to segments with a bit of a lighter tone. Among these mellow segments was a sit down she had with none other than Kobe Bryant.

Kristen Ledlow – off air

During the event, which was labeled Teamed Up, Ledlow and Bryant sat down for at least an hour to discuss his NBA retirement. Bryant discussed his entire Lakers career with Ledlow, and talked about his future plans now that he no longer plays in the NBA.

Melanie Collins – on air

A host for entertainment and sports programs alike, Melanie is a versatile superstar in the TV reporting world. She has covered countless athletes and has been under the limelight for long enough that she’s already a natural.

Melanie Collins – on air

She’s worked for NASCAR, Big Ten Network, and NBA TV, among many others. She is a staple in the world of young and fresh sports reporters, and audiences around America have responded positively to her presence on their television sets.

Melanie Collins – off air

A host for entertainment and sports programs alike, Melanie is a versatile superstar in the TV reporting world. She has covered countless athletes and has been under the limelight for long enough that she’s already a natural.

Melanie Collins – off air

She’s worked for NASCAR, Big Ten Network, and NBA TV, among many others. She is a staple in the world of young and fresh sports reporters, and audiences around America have responded positively to her presence on their television sets.

Diletta Leotta – on air

Diletta Leotta is an Italian sports broadcaster who’s been making waves in the U.S as she makes headway in her line of work. She’s worked for major networks like Sky Sport Italy and DAZN, presenting Serie A and Serie B soccer games.

Diletta Leotta – on air

She also hosted a radio show for the Italian Radio 105 network, working alongside Aída Yéspica, where she got a chance to really show off her skills and shine. So what is she like in real life?

Diletta Leotta – off air

Diletta is originally from Catania, Sicily, and was once the host of Miss Italia (back in 2018). She has millions of Instagram followers, and it’s not wonder – she loves posting pictures of herself working out, as well as expressing her passion for sports.

Diletta Leotta – off air

While in lockdown, the sportscaster wrote, “I miss this emotion, football, my job, my passion.” She clearly loves what she does and we hope she gains even more recognition for it in the future.

Kristine Leahy – on air

Leahy, who earned a degree in Journalism from Boston University, is very well-known as a host on the show American Ninja Warrior, and is also very popular on other sports programs. She also worked as a host for ESPN Radio, and was a strong addition to the show.

Kristine Leahy – on air

She is currently a co-host with Colin Cowherd on The Herd on Fox Sports 1, where she was recently involved in an on-air dispute with Lavar Ball. Upon watching it, one can see that the girl has some grit.

Kristine Leahy – off air

When she isn’t on the hunt for a good sports story, Leahy finds the time to get into the dating world. In fact, one of the people she may have dated is none other than her co-host Cowherd, who she was rumored to have allegedly dated.

Kristine Leahy – off air

She is now said to be in a relationship with her personal trainer Aaron Hines. Numerous photos of them together can be found on Instagram, and the two seem pretty happy together.

Rachel Nichols – on air

This ESPN anchor is a household name for most sports fanatics across the United States. Emerging from Medill School of Journalism in 1995 with a strong ambition to be heard, she had all the tools she needed to navigate her way across the airwaves, from frequent March Madness appearances to appearing on regular football broadcasts.

Rachel Nichols – on air

Specializing in the NBA and NFL, she is often seen on the sidelines. If that’s not enough, she was also dubbed by Sports Illustrated as “the country’s most impactful and prominent female sports journalist.”

Rachel Nichols – off air

In addition to her work as a sideline reporter, Rachel is also part of a loving family. She is married to husband Max Nichols, son of The Graduate director Mike Nichols, and has known him since high school.

Rachel Nichols – off air

They met at summer camp, and although they lost touch in their teenage years, their connection was strong enough to bring them back to each other and start a beautiful family. Speaking of, they have two lovely twin daughters. Congrats, Rachel!

Cari Champion – on air

A die hard Lakers fan, Cari Champion loved basketball growing up. Her passion for the sport would ultimately make her a stellar reporter in the American sports world. Making waves with her vast basketball knowledge, ESPN eventually hired her in 2012 to be a of First Take, ESPN2’s live debate show.

Cari Champion – on air

If landing the job wasn’t enough, Stephen A. Smith – a very well-regarded sports broadcaster and a show favorite – said that Champion had one of the “the biggest, strongest personalities in the building.” Coming from Smith, that’s some pretty great feedback!

Cari Champion – off air

Champion has always been an activist in addition to her work as a journalist, focusing in particular on changing negative stereotypes leveled against African Americans. Her hope is to combine her two passions of activism and sportscasting.

Cari Champion – off air

When discussing how she got into journalism, Champion said, “I wanted to give people a voice that didn’t have a voice. I’m always fighting for the underdog. I don’t know where I got it from, but I’ve been like that all my life. That’s why I love journalism.”

Missy Deyo – on air

Missy is not only a professional sports journalist, but she has a story that is truly inspirational. In 2012, she had to have her kidney removed due to a broken ureter. Against all odds, she has managed to remain a prominent figure in the sports world.

Missy Deyo – on air

She is a constant social media presence as well, working closely with the Kingston Frontenacs, a Canadian hockey team. An optimist at heart, her work with the Frontenacs has helped revitalize hockey culture in Kingston, and she is a source of inspiration to many.

Missy Deyo – off air

In addition to her battle against multiple surgeries, her life wasn’t without struggle. But she wants to share her story. Not only is she talented as a newscaster and as an on screen sports persona, she is writing a memoir called Against All Odds.

Missy Deyo – off air

In her online fundraising campaign aimed to raise money for the project, she writes, “I managed to change from being a world-hating, broken-hearted pessimist runaway with a mohawk to an optimistic, bright-eyed young woman, and I learned everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) the hard way.”

Josina Anderson – on air

Before emerging as a well recognized sports reporter, Anderson had a very strong, personal athletic career. A gold medal winner in the track and field department and a former ballet dancer, she began to make her mark in the news world when she started working as a CBS reporter.

Josina Anderson – on air

In 2011, ESPN hired Anderson, making her the first woman to work as an NFL insider. She has also worked on Sunday NFL Countdown and the show NFL Insider.

Josina Anderson – off air

One of the things we love most about Josina Anderson is her sense of humor. After losing a bet in 2016 that Mark Sanchez would start for the Broncos, Josina shaved her head bald.

Josina Anderson – off air

Or at least, it looked like she did: after looking a few more times at her shiny hairless head, it became clear that she was pulling a fast one, wearing a bald cap over her hair. Everyone needs a laugh from time to time, and it’s gratifying to know Anderson isn’t above such sensibilities.

Lindsay Czarniak – on air

Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Lindsay Czarniak spent six years with an NBC station before finally getting hired as an anchor for Sportscenter. She also covered programs such as The George Michael Sports Machine, and the NASCAR Series. Czarniak also covered the 2006 Winter Olympics, where she began to really make a name for herself.

Lindsay Czarniak – on air

While her work spreads across many fields of sports, she is probably best known for her work as a NASCAR pit reporter.

Lindsay Czarniak – off air

Beyond the professional comings and goings of Czarniak’s life, she is happy to make time for her family. One of the more exciting occurrences in her family life was in late 2016, when she and her husband Craig Melvin welcomed a new baby girl into the world.

Lindsay Czarniak – off air

She chose to name her Sybil Ann, nicknamed “Sibby,” adding another child to the family; her and Craig’s first child, two-year-old Del, was himself excited to become a big brother. Congratulations!