Host, Nación ESPN - ESPN Deportes
Adriana Monsalve, a host of Nación ESPN which debuted on ESPN Deportes in 2012, is one of the most recognized female sports reporters and commentators in Spanish-language television. Her charisma and fresh style have made her a favorite to cover news, sporting events, and interviews with the most important athletes and sports stars in the world.
Monsalve hosts Nación ESPN alongside David Faitelson, The weekly program on ESPN Deportes is modeled after ESPN’s hugely popular and Emmy-winning show SportsNation. Nación ESPN is the network’s first program to be produced from the new ESPN studios in Los Angeles, the largest Hispanic market in the country and the international entertainment capital. With an innovative format, Nación ESPN is designed for sports fans to become part of the program by participating via social media, including Twitter and Facebook, as well as email, online polls and phone calls.
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Monsalve joined ESPN Deportes in 2007 as the only woman on the team of reporters on SportsCenter, the network’s flagship sports news program, and has become one of the most versatile reporters in the network. As a SportsCenter anchor, Monsalve presented the daily highlights of the games, special segments, and exclusive interviews with top athletes and important sports figures, including soccer stars Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham, boxer Sugar Shane Mosely, and tennis players Venus Williams and David Ferrer, among others. For the past five years, Monsalve has also presented the Spanish-language coverage of ESPN’s popular ESPYs Awards, which brings together celebrities and the best athletes in celebration of the best in sports.
Before joining ESPN Deportes, Monsalve worked as a sports anchor on Telenoticias De Orlando at Telemundo Network where she was honored with the prestigious Paoli Award as Best Sports Reporter in 2005 and 2006. Monsalve also wrote a sports column for El Sentinel.
Monsalve began her career in the entertainment industry in Venezuela as lead singer in the popular bands Chikas, Tartara, and Latin Fiesta. Monsalve made her leap to television as a host on Venezuelan’s morning show, Aló RCTV for over a year.
Monsalve earned her degree in advertising and communications from the Instituto Universitario Nuevas Profesiones in 1999.