Jeannine Edwards is a reporter for ESPN covering horse racing, college football and college basketball, in addition to reporting on various topics for SportsCenter and substitute-anchoring the morning show First Take.
In 2009, Edwards was part of the broadcast team that won an Eclipse Award for the Belmont Stakes telecast on ABC, as well as an Emmy nomination for the Breeders’ Cup on ESPN. That same team won a second Eclipse Award and a second Emmy nomination for the 2010 Breeders’ Cup telecast. Edwards has also been consistently named as one of the top 10 female sportscasters by several media outlets.
A native of Tenafly, N.J., Edwards spent about 10 years on the racetrack as an exercise rider, apprentice jockey and trainer of thoroughbred racehorses in New York and New Jersey before initially getting into television in 1994 as an in-house TV host at racetracks in Maryland.
In 1995, Edwards was hired by ESPN when the network started the show National Best 7, on which she was a studio analyst. Eventually, the show was replaced with NTRA 2day at the Races, which ran for five years. During that span, Edwards also began reporting on remote horseracing shows, as well as branching out into sideline work on college football and basketball. SportsCenter began putting her to work as a general assignment reporter shortly thereafter.