Beat Blog: Female Sports Broadcasters

By Allie Burger

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Interview on the court during half-time of a University of Kenucky Widcat’s game. Photo by Phil Denton

The number of women sportscasters featured on major networks has increased significantly over the last ten years. This blog showcases the talents of the superb women sports broadcasters who have begun to dominate sports television, as well as their work and techniques.

Within each major network are sports journalism superstars, who typically sit on a panel show or report from the field.

Bonnie Bernstein is one of the American Sportscasters Association’s most accomplished sports journalists. However, she is both a broadcaster and sports businesswoman. She has been a reporter on ESPN’s Sunday National Football League Countdown, College Gameday, SportsCenter and the National Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Basketball Championship. She has also worked for CBS Sports and 1050 ESPN Radio. She is now the Vice President of Content and Brand Development for Campus Insiders and will be a host on the network this summer.

Bernstein knows sports better than any sportscaster I have ever seen. She is fast with opinions and has the facts to back them up in an eloquent fashion. Talking about the Jets football back in 2008, Bernstein’s comments were filled with information and lacked fluff phrases.

http://youtu.be/kRK2AeJWvLQ

Jill Arrington is the host of FOX College Football Saturday Preview. She began her career as a reporter for FOX NFL Sunday and worked for ESPN College Gameday in 2004 before heading back to Fox in 2010 to work on Totally Nascar, Verizon NFL Mobile Updates on FOX NFL Sunday and FoxSportsFlash.

Arrington has proper posture and carries herself professionally in front of the camera with less of a friendly approach than some sportscasters. While interviewing a panel about the New England Patriots’ future in the NFL, she looked composed and juggled the various speakers efficiently.

http://msn.foxsports.com/topics/m/video/70122738/debate-party-over-for-pats.htm#q=JILL+ALLINGTON

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Erin Andrews covering the University of Oregon at University of Southern California game in 2010. Photo by Neon Tommy.

Erin Andrews is currently a host on the college football game day show for Fox Sports. She also covers the Major League Baseball, hosting the World Series this past year, and some NFL games.

Andrews has solid control of her voice and enunciates phrases successfully with a strong tone, drawing the viewer to pay attention to what she is saying. In her promotion of the Fox’s NCAA football show on CBS last summer, a composed Andrews explained her take on this past college football season.

http://msn.foxsports.com/topics/m/video/61840411/erin-andrews-talks-cfb-on-fox.htm#q=erin+andrews+reporter

Samantha Ponder is an ESPN College Gameday sideline reporter and now covers National Basketball Association as well. Prior to her current positions, Ponder worked for the Longhorn Network.

Recently, Ponder covered the University of Michigan singing day for new football recruits. Her ease of banter and ability to drive to the point while appearing relaxed adds a comfortable vibe to the her interviews.

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=8922007

In the near future, I will be following these women and many other female sportscasters to improve my journalistic abilities through learning about their skills and viewing their work.

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