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ESPN Anchor Profile: Suzy Kolber

Tuesday, November 27, 2007 , Posted by Christopher Byrne at 8:45 AM, under , , , , , , ,

Athens, GA (Nov 27, 2007) - Suzy Kolber. The two words that set many ESPN watchers hearts aflutter. In her profile, ESPN says that Kolber is "widely praised for elevating the NFL sideline role to new heights." The question is whether this happened before or after Joe Namath wanted to kiss her twice during a sideline interview. But seriously, in reading her profile you will see how she got to where she is because of hard work and determination. The fact that 110% of male ESPN viewers think she is a babe is just an added bonus for ESPN. The following is her profile as published by the ESPN Networks.

Suzy Kolber has covered a variety of assignments for ESPN from the National Football League to X Games and Grand Slam tennis events. She is most-recognized as a sideline reporter on ESPN’s Monday Night Football, where she brings viewers even closer to the players, coaches and game action on the field. In 2007, she joined ESPN’s NASCAR coverage team as host for the pre-race NASCAR Countdown program.

Widely praised for elevating the NFL sideline role to new heights, Kolber joined ESPN’s MNF team during its inaugural year in 2006 after five previous seasons on ESPN’s Sunday Night Football (2001-05). Working with Mike Tirico, Tony Kornheiser, Joe Theismann and fellow reporter Michele Tafoya, Kolber helped the longtime franchise became the most-watched program in cable television history.

Kolber worked the ABC Sports broadcast of Super Bowl XL in Detroit in 2006 and contributed to the network’s pre-game show. She also became the first female recipient of the Maxwell Club’s Sports Broadcaster of the Year Award in 2006 and was named to Sports Business Daily’s 2004 list of the 10 favorite sports TV personalities of the past 10 years.

Kolber regularly hosts ESPN’s year-round NFL Live news and information show, and she has played a major role in ESPN’s comprehensive coverage of the annual NFL Draft, hosting the Day 2 telecast (2004-2006) and leading analysis segments on Day 1. For the 1999 through 2003 NFL seasons, Kolber was the host of NFL Match-Up. She also previously contributed “Backstage” segments to Monday Night Countdown.

During the NFL off-season, Kolber serves as an anchor on SportsCenter and as an on-site host for ESPN’s tennis coverage at the French Open (since 2004) and Wimbledon (since 2003). In 2000 and ’01 she hosted the X Games and Winter X Games, and she co-hosted the event again in Aspen in 2006. She has also covered Triple Crown horse racing events for ESPN/ESPN2 studio programs.

Kolber returned to ESPN in August 1999 after originally joining the network in 1993 as co-host for ESPN2’s SportsNight, when the network debuted October 1 of that year. She later served as an anchor on SportsCenter, a reporter on College GameDay and co-host of the X Games in 1995 and ’96. Kolber also hosted ESPN2's SportsFigures, which uses sports celebrities and analogies to teach math and physics. She left ESPN for Fox Sports in November 1996, where she anchored a nightly sports news program and reported from NFL games, among other duties.

Kolber came to ESPN from WPEC-TV in West Palm Beach, Fla., where she was a weekend sports anchor and weekday feature reporter since December 1991. In 1991, Kolber's freelance assignments included work as a reporter/producer for Breeders' Cup Newsfeed in Greenwich, Conn.; a field producer for Inside Edition in New York; a sports specials producer for WCIX-TV in Miami, and a producer/director for NFL Films. From 1989-90, she freelanced as a sports specials producer for WPLG-TV in Miami. In addition, she produced two magazine shows, Cowboys Special Edition in Irving, Texas (1990-91) and Greyhound Racing America in Miami, Fla. (1988-90). From 1985 to 1989, she produced the 5:30 p.m. ET sportscast at WTVJ-TV in Miami, winning a local Sports Emmy in 1988.

Kolber graduated from the University of Miami in 1986 with a bachelor of arts degree in telecommunications. While an undergraduate, she worked at Dynamic Cable in Coral Gables, Fla., as a sports director (1984-86). After graduation, she worked at CBS Sports in New York as a videotape coordinator (1986).

Kolber Photograph Courtesy of the ESPN Networks.

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