Anchor and reporter Suzy Kolber originally joined ESPN in 1993 and has since become a mainstay of the network’s NFL coverage. Host of the year-round, weekday show NFL Insiders, Kolber also serves as on-site studio host and reporter for Monday Night Football’s pregame show, Monday Night Countdown.
During ESPN’s annual Super Bowl week coverage and NFL Draft telecasts, Kolber plays a major role in the network’s studio presentations. Since 2004, she has conducted red carpet and green room interviews from Radio City Music Hall while also co-hosting studio shows from ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Conn.
Widely praised for elevating the NFL sideline role, Kolber was a part of ESPN’s weekly prime time NFL game for a decade, first on Sunday Night Football (2001-05) and continuing on Monday Night Football during the series’ first six seasons on ESPN (2006-11).
In 2006, Kolber experienced one of her career highlights when she worked the sidelines for ABC Sports’ broadcast of Super Bowl XL in Detroit and contributed to the network’s pre-game show.
The first female recipient of the Maxwell Football Club’s Sports Broadcaster of the Year Award in 2006, Kolber was also named to Sports Business Daily’s 2004 list of the 10 favorite sports TV personalities of the past 10 years.
When ESPN2 launched in 1993, Kolber joined the company as co-host for the network’s SportsNight, which debuted October 1. She later served as an anchor on SportsCenter, a reporter on College GameDay and co-host of the X Games in 1995 and ’96. Kolber also hosted ESPN2′s SportsFigures, which used sports celebrities and analogies to teach math and physics.
Kolber left ESPN for Fox Sports in November 1996 and she anchored a nightly sports news program and reported from NFL games in addition to hosting figure skating and weekend NHL coverage. Upon her return to ESPN in 1999, Kolber served as host of NFL Matchup (1999-2003) and contributed “Backstage” segments to Monday Night Countdown.
In past NFL off-seasons, Kolber served as a SportsCenter anchor and on-site host for ESPN’s coverage at the French Open (2004-08) and Wimbledon (2003-2009). In 2000 and ’01 she hosted the X Games and Winter X Games. She returned to the event as co-host of the Winter X Games in Aspen in 2006.
Her credits also include hosting Triple Crown horse racing events for ESPN as well as ESPN pre-race NASCAR Countdown shows on ABC in 2007, often during the same weekends as MNF games in the fall.
Kolber came to ESPN from WPEC-TV in West Palm Beach, Fla., where she was a weekend sports anchor and weekday feature reporter since December 1991. In 1991, Kolber’s freelance assignments included work as a reporter/producer for Breeders’ Cup Newsfeed in Greenwich, Conn.; a field producer for Inside Edition in New York; a sports specials producer for WCIX-TV in Miami, and a producer/director for NFL Films.
From 1989-90, she freelanced as a sports specials producer for WPLG-TV in Miami. In addition, she produced two magazine shows, Cowboys Special Edition in Irving, Texas (1990-91) and Greyhound Racing America in Miami, Fla. (1988-90). From 1985 to 1989, she produced the 5:30 p.m. sportscast at WTVJ-TV in Miami, winning a local Sports Emmy in 1988.
Kolber graduated from the University of Miami in 1986 with a bachelor of arts degree in telecommunications. While an undergraduate, she worked at Dynamic Cable in Coral Gables, Fla., as a sports director (1984-86). After graduation, she worked at CBS Sports in New York as a videotape coordinator (1986).