Doris Burke, a versatile basketball commentator who calls both men’s and women’s college and pro contests, has covered basketball for ESPN since March 1991. She works a variety of ESPN assignments, including the NBA, women’s basketball regular-season and NCAA Championship, men’s basketball regular-season and Championship Week, in addition to other ESPN properties.
Since 2003, Burke has taken on additional roles and assignments for NBA coverage including sideline reporter and game analyst during select ESPN NBA telecasts. She also serves as sideline reporter for NBA playoff games and the NBA Finals on ABC. In September of 2016, it was announced that Burke will significantly expand her NBA game analyst role starting with the 2016-17 season.
Burke previously served as a WNBA analyst for the New York Liberty on MSG Network and also was a women’s college basketball analyst for CBS Sports (1998-2001) and Westwood One Radio (2000-02).
The first woman to call Knicks radio/television broadcast (2000) and a BIG EAST men’s basketball game on television, Burke was a frequent columnist for Basketball Times Magazine and Eastern Basketball Magazine since 2001 as well as a contributing writer on the Web site for the Center for Sports Parenting.
From 1990-2000, Burke was an analyst on regional coverage of BIG EAST and Atlantic-10 women’s basketball on the New England Sports Network (NESN), Prime or SportsChannel. She also worked for the Atlantic-10 Men’s Basketball Network (1999-2001), the MAAC Women’s Basketball Network (1997-99) and ECAC men’s and women’s weekly telecasts (1995-97). She served as a play-by-play commentator for Providence College women’s basketball on WICE/WNPW Radio (1990-97) and Providence College men’s basketball with WPRO Radio (1992-95). She spent three years as a women’s basketball analyst with the Penn State Television Network (1993-95).
A former basketball standout at Providence College who held seven records upon graduation, Burke finished her career as the school and conference all-time assists leader (602), Providence’s single-season leader in assists (224), and single-season (152) and career (440) leader in free throws. She served as an assistant coach for her Alma mater for two years (1988-90). In 2000, she was inducted into the Providence College Hall of Fame, and she received an honorary doctorate from the school in 2005.
In 2002, the Institute for International Sport named Burke one of 15 Sports Ethics Fellows and in 2004 inducted her into the Scholar-Athlete Hall of Fame. In 2006, she was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame, and in 2007 she was honored with the Woman of Excellence Trailblazer Award from the Rhode Island Women’s Center.
Raised in Manasquan, N.J., Burke graduated from Providence College with a degree in health service administration/social work and also earned her master’s in education at Providence.