Top 10 Women In Sports Broadcasting

 





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Top 10 Women In Sports Broadcasting
   

1) 

Hazel Mae is a bonafide beauty. So much so that she was snagged from Rogers Sportsnet to work for NESN in Boston, reporting primarily on the Red Sox. “J-Zone” has never recovered. Sportsnet News has barely recovered. The #1 reason beyond all else, as to why she’s on the top of this list: When asked which celebrity she’d like to spend one day with, she chose my idol Chris Berman. Now that is a glorious woman.
   
   
  Birthplace: The Philippines
Birthdate: April 7, 1970
Nickname: Haze
Family: Single
Favorite Sports to Watch: Football, baseball and hockey
Favorite Sports to Play: Golf, baseball, tennis, volleyball and basketball
Favorite Food: Surf ‘n turf
Favorite TV Show: Monday Night Football
Favorite Musical Group: Pearl Jam, Hootie and the Blowfish
Favorite Movie: “Lord of the Rings” Trilogy
Favorite Sports Movie: “Jerry Maguire”
Favorite Piece of Clothing: My “hot” golf cleats
If you could spend a day with anyone who would it be?: Chris Berman
Most Embarrassing Moment on TV: When I called the “Gold Cup” soccer tournament the “Gold Club”
Favorite Professional Team Growing Up: Toronto Maple Leafs
Favorite Professional Player: Cal Ripken, Jr.
First media job: 1992 - CHRY 103.5 FM York University Campus Radio
Career highlight: 1993 - A chance meeting with ESPN's Chris Berman in the Jays' dugout while covering the game.
Special Interests/Hobbies: Other than watching/playing sports ... what is there? ... Believe it or not, I kick butt in Scrabble!
   
  Hazel Mae is the anchor for NESN SportsDesk, the network's sports news and highlights program that airs live every night following NESN’s Red Sox and Bruins coverage (or 10pm on non-game nights) and 5 – 9 a.m. each morning. She also serves as host of NESN’s Red Sox week-in-review program Granite City Electric Red Sox Rewind, and The Buzz, a weekly fast-paced Top 10 countdown of all things Bruins.
   
  Before joining NESN, Mae anchored the morning edition of “Sportsnetnews” on Rogers Sportsnet, Canada’s all-sports network. In addition to her duties on “Sportsnetnews,” Mae was the host of “Jzone,” a weekly magazine show dedicated to the world of Major League Baseball, with a focus on the Toronto Blue Jays. Mae began her tenure at Rogers Sportsnet providing sports updates to Rogers Sportsnet radio affiliates throughout Ontario.
   
  Mae, a native of Toronto, began her sports broadcasting career hosting a sports update show on campus at York University in Toronto, Ontario.
   

2) 

Jillian Barberie is the sole reason I tune into FOX NFL Sunday. A little known fact about Jillian is that she actually began her career at The Weather Network in Canada, proving once again that Canada produces the world’s most beautiful and knowledgeable girls. The only downside to Jillian is that she was at one time married to utility infielder Bret Barberie, who made the biggest mistake of his life giving her up.
   
   
  Name: Jillian Barberie
Birth Name: Jillian Warry
Height: 5' 3?''
Nationality: Canadian
Birth Date: September 26, 1966
Birth Place: Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Profession: tress, TV host
Education: Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology in Hamilton, Ontario, (graduated with a broadcast journalism degree)
Husband: Grant Reynolds (actor; married on July 8, 2006)
Relationship: Bret Barberie (former Major League Baseball player; married in 1996 and divorced in October 2002)
Claim to fame: Hosted the national weather segment of FOX NFL Sunday pregame show
   
  Jillian Barberie is a hot Canadian actress, weatherwoman and television hostess. Jillian Reynolds Barberie (real name Jillian Warry) was born on September 26, in a very small town in Ontario, Canada. She is the adopted baby of an electrician and nurse. Growing up in Canada and nicknamed ‘Diva’, Jillian was a pretty good ice skater. Jillian graduated from the Mohawk College (Hamilton) with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. After graduation Jillian worked for a variety of television stations as a broadcaster. Over the years Jillian Barberie has earned the respect of TV viewers as a perfect television reporter and total babe. Jillian kept the last name Barberie even after the divorce to ex-husband and former baseball player Bret Barberie. Apart from being an active animal rights activist, Jillian personally owns 9 rescued animals.
   
  Jillian acted in several television dramas including Clueless (TV Series), V.I.P., and Melrose Place. She also hosted the TV show EX-treme Dating. She can currently be seen on the Los Angeles based show Good Day L.A. Jillian got the big break into prime time TV when in 2000 she was hired to present the weather on FOX NFL Sunday alongside James Brown, Howie Long and Terry Bradshaw. With her gorgeous playboy girl like figure, Barberie soon became a national personality and earned significant fan interest all over the country. Today this hot weatherwoman from a small town in Canada is one of the most popular TV personalities with a huge fan following. She was also a judge at the Miss USA 2006 Pageant.
   
  Jillian Barberie's first marriage to former Major League Baseball player, Bret Barberie ended after 6 years (1996 - 2002). She continued keeping the surname Barberie as people all across the nation easily identified her by this name. On October 14, 2003 Jillian appeared on the Howard Stern Show and announced that she was a bisexual. On July 8, 2006 Jillian married actor Grant Reynolds in a private ceremony in her backyard. Immediately after her second marriage Jillian announced that she was changing her name to Jillian Reynolds but still keeping her professional name as Barberie. Almost one year after her second marriage on the morning of December 18, 2006, during the broadcast of Good Day L.A, Jillian Barberie announced that she was pregnant with her first child and also stated that it would be a girl.
   

3) 

Jill Arrington has been a sideline fixture for many years on CBS, FOX and ESPN. She knows college football better than most men. With her father Rick being a former Eagles quarterback, we can also rest assured that this beauty does not throw like a girl.
   
 
   
  Birthdate: July 27
Education: Rockdale County High; University of Miami (broadcast journalism and political science; varsity tennis; Orange Bowl princess)
Height: 5'10"
Hair: Blonde
Eyes: Blue
Home: Beverly Hills, CA.
   
  Jill Arrington joined CBS Sports in September 2000 as a reporter for the CBS Television Network's coverage of college football. She also contributed reports for THE NFL TODAY, the Network's NFL pre-game
studio show, and will do so once again this season. In addition, Arrington will contribute feature reports during the Network's late night coverage of the U.S. Open Tennis Championships. She also serves as a reporter and host for TNN's coverage of the Arena Football League.
   
  Arrington had previously been with FOX Sports, where she served as host/anchor of "NFL Under the Helmet" (1999-2000) and as a reporter for its coverage of the NFL and women's tennis. She began her career as a production assistant at CNN in 1993. From 1994 through 2000, she was a producer/correspondent for "Main Floor" and "Real TV," while also serving as afternoon and evening anchor of "ReporterTV.com," an Internet entertainment business show.
   
  Arrington was graduated in 1994 with a degree in broadcast journalism and political science from the University of Miami, where she was a member of the varsity tennis team. Her father, Rick Arrington, played quarterback for the Georgia Bulldogs (1965-66), the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes (1967-69) and the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles (1970-73). She was born July 27, 1972 in Conyers, Ga., and lives in Beverly Hills, Calif.
   
  Men love a woman who can talk about sports with insight and better yet, passion. And if that same woman is attractive, you have struck gold. Maybe that is why Jill Arrington has become one of the most popular female sports reporters around. A staple on CBS College Football and NFL coverage, Arrington can hang with the best of them as a solid correspondent who has a profound understanding of the game.
   
  She was named "Sexiest Sportscaster in America" by Playboy.com, last January. 221,760 votes were tallied for the ten contestants. Arrington captured 26 percent of the vote (57,643 votes -- over 6,000 more than her closest competitor, Melissa Stark of Monday Night Football). Playboy offered Jill $1,000,000 to undress before the camera. Although Jill was flattered, she turned them down.
   

4) 

Melissa Stark no longer is involved in sports casting but she’s unforgettable in my books. Her three year stint as a sideline reporter on Monday Night Football was marred by tragedy. And by tragedy I mean having to put up with Eric Dickerson’s idiocy, Dennis Miller’s rambling and Dan Fouts’s silence for a few years. Sam Ryan, Lisa Guerrero and Michele Tafoya can’t hold a candle to the lovely Stark in their sideline reporting gigs.
   
   
  Born: November 11, 1973 Baltimore, Maryland
   
  Melissa Stark was born on November 11, 1973, in Baltimore, Maryland. At the time the entire city was mad for the Colts, and Melissa and her family were no different. In fact, Melissa's father, Walter, had special access to the NFL club as the team's eye doctor. "I grew up going to all the games," she recalls. "He'd go to the locker room at halftime, and I'd go with him."
   
  Blessed with the body of a fashion model and the mind of a sports geek, Melissa is a tomboy in fox's clothing.
   
  As any red-blooded American male knows, Melissa was the lead sideline reporter for Monday Night Football from 2000 until 2003. These days she can be seen as a national correspondent for NBC's Today show and as an anchor for MSNBC Live.
   
  In addition to her sports reporting, Stark has appeared as a guest host on “The View” with Meredith Vieira, Star Jones and Joy Behar, and was the co-host of ABC Entertainment’s 2001 pilot presentation of “The Runner,” a prime-time reality based program conceived by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, and produced by Michael Davies.
From 1997 to 2002, Stark reported for ESPN’s “SportsCenter,” where she served as a regular contributor to “NFL Countdown” and the Emmy Award winning show, “Outside the Lines.” Stark was also the “SportsCenter” site host for the NBA Playoffs and covered all national stories including, Major League Baseball, NHL, Golf and NCAA basketball for the network.
   
  Stark joined ESPN in 1996 as the host of the weekly program “Scholastic Sports America,” where she traveled across the United States covering high school and college sports focusing on human interest and issue related stories.
   
  From 1994-95, Stark was a production assistant and reporter for Virginia Sports Marketing in Charlottesville, Virginia for UVA’s Coach’s TV Show, which aired in all major markets in Virginia. Stark was a News intern for the “CBS Evening News with Dan Rather,” in 1993 and 1994 where she wrote scripts and assembled background information on investigative pieces for Health correspondent, Dr. Bob Arnot. She began her career at WMAR-TV, Baltimore, Maryland in 1991 as a News intern working on the assignment desk.
   
  Stark holds a Bachelors degree in Foreign Affairs and Spanish from the University of Virginia, graduating Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Stark, her husband and son reside in New Jersey.
   
5)  Bonnie Bernstein is arguably the most knowledgable woman in sports. She knows more about the NFL and College Basketball than most men could ever dream of. She’s a veteran of the sports broadcasting world and yet she doesn’t look a day over 20. A talented sportscaster, who is also drop-dead gorgeous, Bonnie Bernstein has served as a network reporter for numerous major sporting events ranging from March Madness to the Super Bowl.
   
   
  With 15 years in broadcasting, Bonnie Bernstein is one of the most recognizable and highly respected journalists in her field. As a reporter and host for ABC Sports and ESPN, she has a wide range of responsibilities. During the college football season, she serves as the sideline reporter for the Brad Nessler/Bob Griese/Paul McGuire announce team on ABC and hosts "Countdown to the Heisman". She also covers baseball for the "Worldwide Leader in Sports" and is part of the hosting rotation for "NFL Live" and "Jim Rome is Burning." Additionally, Bernstein covers the NFL for CBS/Westwood One Radio.
   
  Bernstein’s second run with ESPN comes after eight years at CBS Sports, where she was the lead reporter for the NFL and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships. She contributed features for The NFL Today; hosted the Network’s Emmy-nominated anthology series, Championships of the NCAA, and the NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships; and anchored SportsDesk and At the Half, CBS’ New York-based studio shows. Track and field, figure skating, and the U.S. Open Tennis Championships rounded out Bernstein’s assignments at the Network.
   
  During the NFL season, Bernstein often pulled "double duty," covering a Sunday game for CBS and Monday Night Football for CBS/Westwood Radio. In 2004, during Super Bowl XXXVIII, she became the first reporter to serve as both a network TV and network radio correspondent on the same broadcast. Bernstein has covered five straight Super Bowls since joining the radio announce team in 2001 and the Pro Bowl since 2003.
   
  Bernstein first joined ESPN in 1995 as its Chicago Bureau Chief, where she covered Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls’ record-setting championship run. She also filed reports for SportsCenter during the Major League Baseball Playoffs and the NCAA Women's Basketball Championships, and served as a correspondent for NFL Countdown and College GameDay.
   
  Numerous publications have documented Bernstein’s work, including The New York Times, USA Today, Sports Illustrated and TV Guide and lifestyle magazines such as Glamour, Self, Men’s Health and Celebrity Living. In 2005, Bernstein was honored as one of Jewish Women International’s "Ten Women to Watch," an exclusive group selected from the United States, Canada and Israel for their professional achievements. In 2006, Bernstein launched Velvet Hammer Media, a consulting firm providing coaching for aspiring and working journalists and media training for corporate executives.
   
  Prior to ESPN, Bernstein made local television history at the NBC affiliate in Reno, NV (KRNV-TV), becoming the "Biggest Little City’s" first-ever female weekday sports anchor. She began her television career at WMDT-TV (ABC) in Salisbury, MD, anchoring weekend news, and broke into broadcasting in radio, as the news and sports director for WXJN-FM in Lewes, DE.
   
  Bernstein was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and grew up in Howell, N.J. She presently resides in New York City.
   
6)  Lisa Guerrero may be one of the best looking girls on this list but I simply can’t put her any higher than this. Her career will forever be marred by her one year of sideline reporting on Monday Night Football. After the glorious reporting of Melissa Stark for a few years, Lisa struggled mightily trying to learn the NFL. Add in the fact that she’s married to Scott Erickson, one of the most overrated pitchers in baseball history, and she’s lucky to be #6.
   
   
  Lisa Guerrero Coles was born in Chicago but grew up in San Diego and Huntington Beach, California. Her father ran a family business and her grandparents were involved in The Salvation Army, an organization that is still close to her heart today.
   
  Lisa Guerrero may be the hardest working woman on the planet, with a resume more stacked than a plate at IHOP. If her career as one of the most visible female sports broadcasters on television falls through, Guerrero can always rely on her gig as an actress. Or she can add to the over 200 commercial spots she has appeared in. Or perhaps she could go back to being a choreographer and entertainment director for a National Football League franchise.
   
  It seems that whatever the mesmeric Guerrero sets her mind on, she scores big time. She won a spot on the Los Angeles Rams cheerleading squad in the mid-'80s and while most of her peers are now stay-at-home mothers or waitresses at Hooters, Guerrero managed to parlay the job into a virtual franchise, with her as the established Chairwoman. Her celebrity has soared so high over the past few years that Guerrero is now one of the most trusted and demanded interviewers in sports.
   
  Guerrero has both personality and talent in spades. She has gone far in the broadcast journalism field without having ever taken a class. Her vivacious looks and amazing body have something to do with that no doubt, but Guerrero is not just another female prop on the boob tube.
   
  Guerrero represents everything that most men seek in a woman. She has devastating looks, a killer body and style, and can talk about sports all day long. Guerrero was an athlete growing up and served as an NFL cheerleader for a number of years and as such, had to maintain a certain level of fitness. That is still apparent today, as Guerrero possesses quite a strong and svelte frame.
   
  With a Latin heritage (her mother is from Chile), Guerrero has curves in all the right places, although we are skeptical about the authenticity of her bust size. Nonetheless, her presence, figure and flaming auburn hair make us want to watch her deliver the latest scores all night.
   
  Lisa Guerrero used to be on Fox Sports’ Best Damn Sports Show Period (how obnoxious is that title for a show, by the way), and then she went to do Monday Night Football, then migrated to some other show, and is now doing something on one of those “respectable” Morning (or Evening or Nightly) chat shows. Who cares. Lisa Guerrero is damn hot and that’s all there is to it.
   
  In her new position as a correspondent for Inside Edition, Guerrero will be reporting on entertainment as well as news stories.  In September 2006, Inside Edition will begin its 19th season as television’s longest-running, top-rated and most-honored syndicated newsmagazine.
   
7)  Jennifer Hedger is a relative newcomer to the sportscasting scene. She has adjusted very well though. Just sitting beside Dutchy on TSN will make most girls cringe and start looking for a new job, but she has really excelled in the role. Just watching her, you can tell that she really knows her sports also. Athletes names are never misprounced and she’s very professional in her approach.
   
   
  Jennifer Hedger is the co-host of the 10 p.m. ET edition of SportsCentre alongside Darren Dutchyshen, providing viewers with all the day's highlights and sports insights from around the world.
   
  Last year, Hedger pulled double duty and also worked on TSN's NHL studio show as the Highlights Host, providing in-studio game updates during the network's NHL telecasts. Hedger worked alongside James Duthie, Bob McKenzie, Dave Hodge, Glenn Healy and Brian Burke, offering viewers regular updates, scores and highlights from around the league.
   
  Hedger, who joined TSN in March 2002, is no stranger to TSN fans having made several appearances on Off The Record with Michael Landsberg, where she quickly became a favorite with viewers and was voted one of the Top 5 guests of the year.
   
  Prior to joining TSN, Hedger hosted numerous shows on a local station in her hometown of London, Ont., and on community television. Hedger also appeared as a “lofter” on the 2001 TV show The Lofters.
   
8)  Jody Vance whose picture doesn’t really do her justice either, was the hardest working woman in Canadian sports casting. She recently left Rogers Sports net to pursue some work with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, but there are rumors that she will be featured in the upcoming season’s Hockey Night in Canada. One can only hope these are true because she really does know her stuff. In addition to sports casting, Jody is also an accomplished writer at Canoe.ca.
   

   
  "Scott knew we had to bring in a woman, but first and foremost, it had to be someone who knew sports. Jody fit the knowledge profile, the energy and the look. We have benefited from having her aboard."
   
  Sports net's managing producer Deb Sanderson first met Vance in Vancouver in 1998. 'I watched Jody on VTV and saw her energy. I knew that Eastern Canada would fall in love with her. I kept pushing demo tapes of her on [Vice-President of Production] Scott Moore."
   
  "She has such a penchant for life, sports and new knowledge," adds Sanderson. "And she's persistent. I remember in Vancouver, she'd stand outside my office wanting to see me. She'd have two cups of coffee from Starbucks just the way I liked it and she'd just wait there until I opened the door."
   
  Vance, the first woman in North America to solo-host a prime-time sports desk, is also keenly aware of the network of talent required to be successful in this profession.
   
  "She's the front man for the team and she wants to be as good as the low man on the totem pole is at his job," notes Sanderson. "If not, she feels like she's let the team down."
   
  Through it all, there remains a child-like wonderment about Vance, says Sanderson. "'She's never believed her own press. She feels like she's the luckiest person on earth. Huge things are going to happen to her."
   
9)  Erin Andrews has been a sideline reporter on ESPN and on ABC for college football (mainly on Thursday Night Football), college basketball and Major League Baseball since 2004. Andrews was also a sideline reporter on ESPN and ABC's NHL coverage when ESPN and ABC had the broadcast rights. Prior to joining ESPN, Andrews hosted the studio show for Atlanta Braves games on TBS and Atlanta Thrashers games on Turner South (2001-2003). Andrews began her career working as the Tampa Bay bureau reporter for FOX Sports Net Florida before taking a job with Sunshine Network to work the sideline for the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2001. She currently resides in Atlanta.
   

   
   
  Erin Andrews was born on May 4, 1978 in Boston Massachusetts.
   
  She attended Bloomington Senior High School in Valrico, Florida and after graduating, attended the University of Florida. While at U of F, she was a member of the Dazzlers, a cheerleading/dance squad for the school.
   
  Her first professional job was with FOX Sports Net as a bureau reporter in Tampa Bay. She then joined the Sunshine Network in 2001 and worked as a sideline reporter for the Tampa Bay Lightning. She worked for the Atlanta Braves and hosted a show on TBS, as well as reported for the Atlanta Thrashers between 2001 and 2003.
   
  Andrews began her career with ESPN reporting for college football. In 2004 she also began reporting on college basketball and MLB games as well. In addition, she has also been a sideline reporter for a few NHL games. As a baseball reporter, she has been caught on camera ducking out of the way of foul balls on two occasions that has led to a few comments made by other reporters at her expense.
   
10)  Leeann Tweeden was born in Manassas, Virginia. She graduated from Osbourn Park High School a year early, and deferred her acceptance to Harvard. Despite lofty academic potential, Tweeden eschewed college altogether and instead pursued a career in modeling. Just two years after leaving her Virginia high school, while working as a Hooters waitress in Colorado Springs, Colorado, she won first place in the Venus International Model Search in 1992. This break led to national exposure. Tweeden modeled for promotional work for Hooters and Venus International along with Frederick's of Hollywood and Playboy.
   
   
  Name : Leeann Tweeden
Birth Date : June 13, 1973
Birth Place : Manasass, VA
Birth Name : Leeann Velez Tweeden
Height : 5'8
Measurement : 34-34-35
Hair : Brown
Eyes : Brown
Occupation : Model
   
  Her work with Venus Model Search helped her land her first magazine cover, as she graced the cover of Swimwear USA Magazine. Although Leeann is said to not have worked with Hooters for a long period of time, her relationship with the restaurant chain did extend for several years. Leeann appeared in the 1993 and 1994 Hooters Calendar, as well as the 1994 Hooters card set and Women of the World card set that same year. As one can see, 1994 was a hefty year for Leeann, who was bursting with offers. Who was next to come calling? None other than Hef himself, as Leeann made her Play boy cover girl debut. Since Leeann was a pro at modeling lingerie, the exotic beauty also appeared on the cover of Play boy's Book of Lingerie in November/December 1994. In 1997, Leeann moved on to a whole new genre of posing, as the model for the lead character in the comic book, Coven 13, courtesy of No Mercy Comics. That same year, she appeared in the Personal Watercraft Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and the Frederick's of Hollywood Model Calendars in 1997 and 1998, and modeled for Carushka Bodywear and the 1998 Leeann Tweeden Calendar.
   
  Apart from holding the record for having graced the cover of Frederick's catalogue the most, Leeann has also maintained a working relationship for Play boy over the years, bearing more than her soul for the Bunny mag. Her work for Play boy includes: Girls of Summer (1995), Book of Lingerie (1996), Hardbodies (1996), Cover Girls (1997), Girls of Summer (1997), Book of Lingerie in October and December of 1998, and Barefoot Beauties (1999). Leeann has also made her presence felt on television, with an appearance on EdenQuest (co-starring Pamela Anderson), Star Search (in the model category), The Vicki Lawrence Show, Entertainment Tonight, and Jerry Springer. Her most respectable and biggest break to date was her role on ESPN2's (the network that made Kiana Tom famous) Fitness Beach, in 1996.
   
  An avid dirt bike rider and traveler, Leeann spends January and May of every year announcing Motocross events for Pace Motorsports. While she has realized parts of her dreams, Leeann would love to become a female sportscaster. She does, however, have her own column for Racer X Illustrated, a motorcycle newspaper which also featured a layout of hers. Leeann hosts Bluetorch, a television show showcasing extreme sports such as surfing, snowboarding, and skateboarding. Covering everything from lingerie, playing cards and comics, to fitness and bikes, Leeann has been romantically involved with road racer Ben Bostrom and surfer Shane Dorian.

Last Updated Friday, August 23, 2013