Who is Suzy Kolber?
Suzanne Lisa "Suzy" Kolber is an American television sports reporter, sportscaster, and co-producer currently affiliated with ESPN. She has previously worked for CBS Sports and Fox Sports. A Pennsylvania native, Kolber received her graduate degree from the University of Miami. She started her professional career as a video coordinator at CBS Sports in New York City. She earned a local Sports Emmy during her tenure at WTVJ-TV in Miami. She also worked for WPLG-TV in Miami and WPEC-TV in West Palm Beach, Florida. In 1993, she joined ESPN and was picked as one of the initial anchors of ESPN2 when it was introduced that year. She was employed at ESPN2 for the ensuing three years before leaving it for Fox Sports. In 1999, she returned to ESPN and currently serves as the host of ‘Monday Night Countdown’.
Childhood & Early Life
Born on May 14, 1964, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, Suzy Kolber is the daughter of Gene and Sandra Kolber. She was a student at Sandy Run Middle School in Dresher, Pennsylvania before attending Upper Dublin High School, from where she graduated in 1982.
Kolber subsequently enrolled at the University of Miami. In 1986, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in telecommunications.
While she was still an undergraduate college student, Kolber landed a job as a sports director at Dynamic Cable in Coral Gables, Florida. She was employed there for two years, from 1984 to 1986. During this period, she was also part of the water ski team of the University of Miami.
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After graduating from college, one of Suzy Kolber’s first jobs was as a video coordinator at CBS Sports in New York City in 1986. During this period, she was also the producer of the 5:30 p.m. ET sportscast at WTVJ-TV in Miami, a job that she held from 1985 to 1989.
Between 1989 and 1990, she worked as a freelance specials producer for WPLG-TV in Miami. Furthermore, she also served as a producer on two magazine shows: ‘Greyhound Racing America’ in Miami, Florida (1988–90) and ‘Cowboys Special Edition’ in Irving, Texas (1990–91).
In 1991, she became even busier as a sportscaster. She was a reporter and producer for Breeders' Cup Newsfeed in Greenwich, Connecticut; on-field producer for ‘Inside Edition’ in New York City, sports specials producer for WCIX-TV in Miami, and producer and director for NFL Films.
Between December 1991 and 1993, she worked as a weekend sports anchor and weekday feature reporter at WPEC-TV in West Palm Beach, Florida.
In 1993, she left her job at WPEC-TV to join ESPN. When ESPN2 was launched on 1 October that year, she became one of its first batch of anchors. In 1995 and 1996, she covered ESPN's ‘Extreme Games.’ She has also hosted SportsCenter and NASCAR Countdown and worked as a reporter on College GameDay.
In November 1996, she quit ESPN for an opportunity to work at Fox Sports. One of her earliest jobs with the channel was as the host of ‘Fox Sports News’ for the Fox Sports Net, which was an emerging network at the time. Among her other responsibilities were covering NFL games and reporting from horse racing events.
For one game in 1998, she joined forces with Pat Summerall and John Madden on ‘NFL on Fox’. She also worked as the studio host for ‘NHL on Fox’ during the 1999 season.
She came back to ESPN in 1999. In 1996, she had hosted both the Summer and Winter X Games for the first time. After her return, she hosted both the events twice, in 2000 and 2001. She served as the host of the Winter X Games once more in 2006.
Between 2001 and 2006, she served as the sideline and field reporter for ‘Sunday Night Football’. From 2006 to 2010, she was the sideline reporter as well as the on-site host for Monday Night Football’.
She had a baby in 2008. Not wanting to be away from her child for prolonged periods of time, Kolber expressed her desire to do more studio work. Granting her request, ESPN launched NFL32 in September 2011 with her and Chris Mortensen as hosts. She is still affiliated with ‘Monday Night Football’ as a producer.
In 2014, Kolber joined ‘ESPN Monday Night Countdown’ as a replacement for the then-ailing Stuart Scott. A year later, she permanently substituted Scott as an on-site host. On March 23, 2017, Kolber became the host of the show, replacing Chris Berman.
Awards & Achievements
Suzy Kolber received a local Sports Emmy in 1988 during her employment as a producer of the 5:30 p.m. ET sportscast at WTVJ-TV in Miami.
She received the Maxwell Club Sports Broadcaster of the Year Award in 2006.
Family & Personal Life
Since 2008, Suzy Kolber has been married to Eric Brady. Their daughter, Kellyn Brady, was born in 2008 as well.
On December 20, 2003, during an interview with Kolber, retired Jets quarterback Joe Namath stated twice that he would like to kiss her and did not care about the fact that the team was struggling. Kolber replied that she would take this as a huge compliment.
This incident garnered national attention and Namath was heavily criticised for his behaviour. He later issued a public apology and stated that his alcoholism had caused him to behave like that.