From 1940s until quite recently, sports broadcasting was almost entirely a men’s game. In the 21st century, the era of women’s sports journalism started to take hold. Here are some of the most talented women in sports reporting today.
Seattle native, Charissa Thompson, is well-versed in everything sports. You probably recognize her from your favorite sports networks.
Thompson has worked for many different networks including ESPN, the Big Ten Network, and now Fox Sports 1 and NBC. She is also the former host of the ESPN show, Sportsnation.
Over the years, she’s covered everything from NBA games to the MLB All-Star Game.
Recently, Thompson was hired to host Netflix’s physical competition endurance show, UltimateBeastmaster.
The name Sam Ponder is not new to college football fans. Fans watched Ponder every Saturday on ESPN’s College GameDay. Ponder is a former contributor on the show and became a staple in college athletics.
Ponder was the first woman to ever host ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown.
Not only is she talent, but also a caring mother and wife. She is an inspiration for women who want to pursue their dreams in sports and also have a family.
Cari Champion’s job at ESPN is a nothing short of a dream.
Champion was hired by ESPN in 2012 to be a part of FirstTake, then a live debate show on ESPN2. The show’s notable broadcaster, Stephen A. Smith, was quite impressed by Champion.
Over the past seven years, Champion has gone from hosting First Take to hosting SportsCenter. Although Champion decided to leave ESPN in 2020, her passion for journalism is very much alive.
The amazing Holly Rowe has been a commentator for ESPN for over 20 years and has become a staple on TV.
She has covered everything from men’s and women’s college basketball to the NBA and the WNBA.
In 2015, Rowe was diagnosed with desmoplastic melanoma, a form of skin cancer. In the midst of her diagnosis, the courageous Rowe decided to stay on and continue covering games.
Storm is an idol for many, helping pave the way for women in sports broadcasting.
Storm is an anchor for ESPN’s SportsCenter and co-hosts some of the networks biggest events such as the ESPYs, the U.S. Open, the NBA Finals and the Super Bowl.
In addition to Storm’s great accomplishments, she has been a correspondent for ABC’s 20/20, and co-hosted the Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Robin Roberts is a rockstar. She serves as a co-anchor for ABC’s Good Morning America. Roberts is also an advocate for the Susan G. Komen Foundation as a cancer survivor herself.
Back in 1990, Roberts’ joined ESPN and throughout her time had served as the studio host for the NCAA Women’s Final Four. While Roberts’ no longer covers sports full time, you can spot her on the sideline of WNBA games as a spectator.
You may know Erin Andrews because she covers every big game including the Super Bowl, MLB All-Star Games, World Series, etc.
As the lead sideline reporter for Fox Sports, Andrews has become one of the most recognized in the business.
Before joining Fox Sports, Andrews hosted ESPN’s College GameDay and was the sideline reporter for college football, college basketball, and a member of the Monday Night Baseball telecast.
When Andrews is not on the sidelines or preparing for a game, she co-hosts ABC’s Dancing With The Stars.
If you turn your channel to ESPN at 6 p.m., you’ll see Sage Steele.
Before becoming the anchor for ESPN’s SportsCenter, she hosted NBA Countdown from 2013 to 2017. Steele also covered a variety of big events including the NBA Finals, the Super Bowl, the World Series, and the College Football National Championship.
Outside of her screen-time, Steele is a board member for the Pat Tillman Foundation and the V Foundation for Cancer Research.
Any NBA fan can recognize this amazing sports broadcaster. Burke’s stellar career as a basketball analyst is an inspiration to many.
Burke has been working for ESPN since 1991, and in 2017, she was the network’s first woman appointed to full-time NBA game analyst.
For the past three decades, Burke served as commentator for NBA games, WNBA games, and men’s & women’s college basketball games.
Burke is loved by fans, players, and coaches alike.
Jessica Mendoza not only shines as an analyst for ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, she’s also an amazing softball player.
Mendoza played as an outfielder and was a four-time All-American at Stanford University, leading her team to a College World Series. She’s also a two-time Olympian and former member of the U.S. Women’s National team.
Mendoza joined ESPN and became the first female analyst for the Men’s College World Series and the first female ESPN MLB game analyst.