Sports reporters help illuminate events for audiences – bringing knowledge, an inquisitive mind and personality to broadcasts. Some of them also happen to be stunningly beautiful. So here are 40 of the most renowned female sportscasters – including one who made the most unlikely career change to enter into the sports journalism world.
40. Erin Andrews
Erin Andrews is one of the most prominent female sportscasters in the U.S. The Fox NFL sideline reporter – who previously worked at ESPN – was even crowned as “America’s sexiest sportscaster” for two consecutive years by men’s magazine Playboy. She is married to former National Hockey League (NHL) star Jarret Stoll.
39. Kirsty Gallacher
Kirsty Gallacher is from Edinburgh, Scotland, and she has been a mainstay of British sporting coverage for over two decades. She worked for Sky Sports in the U.K. for 20 years before quitting to seek new openings. Since then, she has worked for a number of organizations including the BBC. Gallacher is the daughter of the former golfer and Europe Ryder Cup captain Bernard.
38. Charissa Thompson
Charissa Thompson is a familiar face for football fans as the host of Fox NFL Kickoff. The Seattle native also had a spell at rival network ESPN co-hosting the SportsNation program alongside Marcellus Wiley – before returning to Fox in 2013.
37. Jimena Sanchez
Jimena Sanchez is a presenter on Fox Sports in her native Mexico. The buxom babe is evidently a big draw for sports fans, as she currently boasts nearly eight million Instagram followers. Sanchez has also done some modeling and has even been compared to Kim Kardashian.
36. Kelly Cates
Kelly Cates is another native of Scotland who has enjoyed a long and successful career in sports journalism. The Glasgow-born broadcaster has worked for Sky Sports and the BBC. She also covered the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa for ITV. Cates is the daughter of soccer legend Sir Kenny Dalglish, who starred for Liverpool and Celtic. Furthermore, her brother Paul was also a professional soccer player.
35. Alex Curry
Alex Curry is known to American sports fans as an effervescent reporter and host on Fox Sports. The Californian has covered everything from ice hockey’s L.A. Kings to baseball’s L.A. Angels and the U.S. women’s soccer team. Curry has also worked on American Ninja Warrior: Ninja Vs. Ninja as a sideline correspondent.
34. Marisol González
Marisol González is a well-known sports reporter in Mexico who works for the Televisa Deportes network. She previously competed in beauty pageants and she was crowned Nuestra Belleza México in 2002 before competing in Miss Universe a year later. González has also worked as a TV actress and was at one time engaged to boxing superstar Saul “Canelo” Álvarez.
33. Kay Murray
Kay Murray is an English sports presenter who grew up with a deep love of soccer. She got her first break after the host’s hometown team Middlesbrough F.C. employed her to work on their in-house media channel. Murray then moved to Spain to work for Real Madrid TV and next to Miami to join beIN SPORTS’ soccer coverage. She has also twice co-hosted the prestigious Ballon d’Or awards ceremony.
32. Michelle Joy Phelps
Michelle Joy Phelps is a familiar face for many fight fans as founder and presenter of the popular boxing channel Behind the Gloves. Phelps has quizzed and built a good rapport with many boxing stars: including Gennady Golovkin and Tyson Fury. Elsewhere, the cheerful Californian posed for Maxim prior to her sports journalism career.
31. Holly Sonders
Holly Sonders used to be a professional golfer, but she has largely made a living talking about the game on Fox Sports since her playing days ended. The reporter has worked for the Golf Channel and is also a fitness model. Sonders has also been in several high-profile relationships. She was once married to fellow sports presenter Erik Kuselias, and in recent years the host has dated NFL coach Kliff Kingsbury and professional gambler David Nakama Oancea.
30. Alex Scott
Alex Scott enjoyed a hugely successful career in women’s soccer – starring for Arsenal F.C. and her home nation England. Since retiring, the Londoner has become prominent in Britain covering soccer for the likes of Sky Sports and the BBC. Scott also took part in the celebrity show Strictly Come Dancing in 2019.
29. Laura Rutledge
Laura Rutledge has become a key part of ESPN’s coverage ever since she began reporting on the NFL’s Southeastern Conference in 2014. The Florida native is a reliable anchor on SportsCenter and a key analyst on Get Up. Rutledge – who previously worked for CNN and Fox Sports – has been tipped to helm NFL Live in the future.
28. Samantha Ponder
Samantha Ponder has been the main presenter of ESPN’s NFL Countdown since 2017. Incredibly, she is one of only three hosts to have ever moderated the show since it started in 1985. Ponder was previously a co-presenter of College GameDay and worked for both Fox Sports and the Longhorn Network in Texas. She is married to former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder.
27. Hayley McQueen
Hayley McQueen is known to U.K. sporting fans as one of the regular newscasters on Sky Sports News. The Manchester-born broadcaster began working for the channel in 2010. McQueen is the daughter of the retired soccer player Gordon McQueen, who played for Manchester United and Scotland.
26. Amanda Pflugrad
Amanda Pflugrad is an experienced and versatile reporter who has covered numerous sports in the United States for various media outlets. The former cheerleader has covered track and field, NFL, gymnastics and volleyball. In 2015 Pflugrad began working for the Boston Celtics basketball team as a host and reporter.
25. Kristina Fitzpatrick
Kristina Fitzpatrick has a wealth of reporting and anchoring experience in the broadcasting world. The Atlantan has worked as an in-game reporter for the Washington Nationals and the New England Patriots’ in-house production company. She has also done stints at Fox Sports South, the MLB and is currently working for CNN. Furthermore, Fitzpatrick has taken part in dance competitions and has been teaching the trade for over two decades.
24. Sara Carbonero
Sara Carbonero is a renowned sports reporter from Spain who was crowned the sexiest in the world by the U.S. iteration of FHM in 2009. She is married to former Real Madrid C.F. goalkeeper Iker Casillas. Carbonero was famously accused of distracting him during the World Cup in 2010 when Spain suffered a surprise 1-0 loss to Switzerland.
23. Kristina Leahy
Kristine Leahy is widely known in the U.S. as the host of American Ninja Warrior. Her love of sports was reportedly acquired during the 1990s when the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls reigned supreme in the NBA. Previously, Leahy worked as a host on the New England Sports Radio Station WEEI and as an in-house reporter for Celtics.com and the TD Garden. Elsewhere, she also previously plied her trade at Fox Boston, where she was a lead sports anchor.
22. Diletta Leotta
Diletta Leotta once appeared on Italian TV as a weathergirl, but she is now one of the country’s most notable sports reporters. The glamorous blonde – who previously won a Miss Italy beauty pageant – currently works for DAZN as a reporter covering Italy’s soccer league. Sadly for her many admirers, the Sicilian is currently in a relationship with super-middleweight boxer Daniele Scardina.
21. Charlie Webster
Charlie Webster is a prominent sportscaster on U.K. television and beyond. And she has many years of presenting and writing under her belt – having worked for the BBC, ITV, Sky Sports and Setanta Sports News. Webster became infected with a rare strain of malaria while undertaking a charity bike ride during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil. The Sheffield-born broadcaster fell into a coma but thankfully managed to pull through.
20. Kristine Ledlow
The bubbly presenter Kristine Ledlow reports with the NBA on TNT and also works for NBA TV as a studio host. Ledlow has already crammed a lot of achievements into her relatively short life. She has gone from being a talented athlete herself in college to becoming a beauty queen and more recently a TV presenter and radio commentator.
19. Millie Clode
Millie Clode brought U.K. sports fans the news for many years. The Brit started working at Sky Sports News way back in 2006 and she’s become a firm favorite on the channel ever since. The London-born beauty has also worked outside of sports coverage – co-helming the U.K. game show The Colour of Money in 2009.
18. Anna Kraft
Anna Kraft began her career in sports as a sprinter and won numerous titles in her native Germany before injuries struck. She then moved on to presenting and reporting. In 2011 Kraft began work as a presenter on Sky Sports News HD and later began a two-year stint on the channel Sport1. Since 2015 Kraft has toiled for the ZDF channel, where she reports on German and European soccer.
17. Layla Anna-Lee
Layla Anna-Lee is an in-demand creative talent. The Brit with Brazilian heritage has done everything from TV presenting, podcasts, live events and modeling. Anna-Lee has worked in soccer for the likes of UEFA and FIFA. Furthermore, she even has her own UFC fighting show on BT Sport. Anna-Lee also narrated for the London 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony.
16. Lindsay Czarniak
Lindsay Czarniak is a familiar name and face in many U.S. households thanks to her six-year stint presenting ESPN’s renowned SportsCenter. She has also worked for TNT covering NASCAR and reports from the sidelines for Fox Sports’ NFL coverage. Elsewhere, Czarniak wed fellow sports reporter Craig Melvin in 2011.
15. Heidi Watney
Heidi Watney is primarily known for her coverage of baseball for the MLB Network. The Fresno-born broadcaster began hosting Quick Pitch in 2013. Watney was a talented athlete herself in high school and earned a National Merit scholarship through her studies. She placed second in Miss California in 2002 and made a cameo appearance in the Dropkick Murphys music video “Going Out of Style.”
14. Olivia Wayne
Olivia Wayne is yet another presenter on Sky Sports News in the U.K. The Londoner can be seen early in the mornings delivering the latest headlines to sports fans. She is the daughter-in-law of Jeff Wayne, who gained a level of fame for his musical adaptation of War of the Worlds.
13. Britt McHenry
New Jersey native Britt McHenry was a talented soccer player in her college years. However, she ultimately moved into broadcasting. The talent has worked for ESPN covering various sports – appearing on the likes of SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight and NFL Live. Sadly, McHenry announced in February 2020 that she had developed a brain tumor and would be undergoing surgery.
12. Melanie Collins
Melanie Collins can regularly be seen reporting from the pitch side for CBS Sports. The Pennsylvanian has also worked for Yahoo! Sports covering a plethora of different sports and major events. Furthermore, Collins currently hosts both Driver vs. Driver and Big Break on the Golf Channel.
11. Kristen Berset-Harris
Kristen Berset-Harris is a well-regarded sportscaster and anchor on U.S. TV. At the time of writing, she is the sports broadcaster for WUSA in the nation’s capital. Berset-Harris once emerged victorious at the Miss Florida USA beauty pageant, and she made it into the final ten in the 2004 Miss USA competition. Sadly, in 2017 she received a breast cancer diagnosis for the second time in her life.
10. Rebecca Haarlow
Rebecca Haarlow is a familiar sight for basketball fans; the Princeton graduate serves as the sideline reporter for NBA TV and TNT. Haarlow reports on the New York Knicks for MSG Networks and has also appeared on the Big Ten Network covering football. She is a passionate dog lover and campaigns to prevent abused canines from ending up in kill shelters.
9. Jenny Dell
Jenny Dell came to prominence in sports media reporting on the Boston Red Sox for the New England Sports Network (NESN). Then in 2014 she landed a job at CBS Sports as a reporter. Five years later Dell teamed up with her pal Tracy Simon to set up a cooking website and business entitled SIMply DELLicious. The Connecticut native is also married to former Red Sox star Will Middlebrooks.
8. Molly Qerim Rose
Molly Qerim Rose is known to U.S. sports fans as the female host of ESPN’s debate show First Take. She took over the morning sports program in 2015 – replacing Cari Champion. The broadcaster is married to ex-NBA star Jalen Rose, who turned out for the Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks among others.
7. Inés Sainz
Inés Sainz is a prominent broadcaster in Mexico and began her career as a model before working her way into sports reporting. The journalist works for the sports interview show DxTips and TV Azteca Deportes. For the latter she has covered everything from the Super Bowl to the FIFA World Cup.
6. Renee Young
Renee Young joined WWE in early 2012, and she has been a hugely popular part of the wrestling federation’s broadcasting operation ever since. The Ontarian previously harbored dreams of being a comedic actress. Instead, she moved into broadcasting and worked for The Score Television Network and Sportsnet 360 in Canada before getting a break at WWE. Young wed wrestler Jon Moxley – who was previously known as Dean Ambrose – in 2017.
5. Wanda Nara
Wanda Nara is a well-known figure in both her homeland and Italy. The Argentinian was previously married to soccer player Maxi López before controversially moving on with his pal Mauro Icardi. She then began appearing regularly on Mediaset S.p.A’s weekly program Tiki Taka with a panel of soccer analysts. The mom of five has since moved to France with her husband, who now plays for Paris Saint-Germain.
4. Josina Anderson
Josina Anderson is a trailblazing reporter who broke down gender barriers to become the first woman to work as an NFL Insider for ESPN. However, in June 2020 the New York Post reported that she was leaving ESPN. Anderson has also appeared on NFL Live, SportsCenter and Sunday NFL Countdown.
3. Laura Woods
Laura Woods has risen to the top of the sports broadcasting industry in the U.K. The bubbly reporter has gone from working as a runner at Sky Sports to being one of the channel’s biggest assets. Woods has interviewed some of the biggest names in the beautiful game: including David Beckham, Pep Guardiola and Eden Hazard. She has also worked for talkSPORT radio and covered darts for Sky Sports.
2. Molly McGrath
Molly McGrath has been a part of TV sports coverage in America since 2011. The San Franciscan has reported from the sidelines for ESPN since July 2016 – predominantly covering college football and basketball. Before that, McGrath worked for the Boston Celtics in the city where she went to college, and the journalist later joined Fox Sports before returning to ESPN.
1. Mia Khalifa
Mia Khalifa first made a name for herself in the adult film industry, which she was a part of for just three months. However, Khalifa has become known as an outspoken sports enthusiast since turning her back on the former profession. And this led to a co-hosting gig for a web-based show called SportsBall.