After working in various roles on ESPN’s coverage of NASCAR for seven years, Nicole Briscoe became a SportsCenter anchor and studio show host when ESPN’s live NASCAR race telecasts ended in late 2014. In addition to anchoring SportsCenter, Briscoe also hosts various other ESPN studio programs from the network’s Bristol, Ct., headquarters and at remote locations.
Previously host of the pre-race NASCAR Countdown program from 2011-2014, and a host and reporter for the news program NASCAR Now from 2008-2014, she joined ESPN in 2008 as Nicole Manske, prior to her 2009 marriage to IndyCar Series driver Ryan Briscoe. She worked for two years as co-host of a motorsports news program on the SPEED Channel. Previously, she was a sports reporter at WISH-TV, the CBS affiliate in Indianapolis, where she was first exposed to auto racing through covering the Indianapolis 500. She also covered the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers and college basketball in her first on-air sports position.
She later worked as a pit reporter for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network on the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 as well as IndyCar Series race broadcasts before joining SPEED in July, 2006.
Briscoe started her TV career as a general assignment reporter at WREX-TV, the NBC affiliate in Rockford, Ill., near her hometown of Roscoe, Ill., while still in college in 1999 at Northern Illinois University. She also worked as a weekend news and weather anchor and producer. She became a news reporter and fill-in anchor in September, 2001, for WANE-TV, the CBS affiliate in Ft. Wayne, Ind., before moving to Indianapolis in April, 2004.