Scott Van Pelt joined ESPN in Spring 2001 as the network’s lead professional golf reporter. He has since become a SportCenter anchor and host of a weekday mid day show on ESPN Radio, while remaining the lead reporter and host of the network’s coverage of golf’s grand slam events. In 2012, Van Pelt began appearing on College Game Day with his Bald Man on Campus feature.
In July 2009, The Scott Van Pelt Show made its debut on ESPN Radio and simulcast on ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD. It was re-named SVP & Russillo in October 2012. Previously, Van Pelt was co-host of ESPN Radio’s Tirico & Van Pelt each weekday afternoon. The simulcast moved to ESPNEWS in September 2011.
In 2001, Van Pelt sat down for a one-on-one interview with Tiger Woods after he won the U.S. Open to capture the “Tiger Slam,” four majors in a row. The interview was featured on ESPN’s Sunday Conversation.
Van Pelt joined ESPN from The Golf Channel (TGC) where he was an anchor and reporter for the sport-specific network from 1994-2000. Soon after joining TGC’s on-air team, Van Pelt reporting skills helped him to move up the ranks quickly. At TGC, he was the co-host of Golf Central, Leaderboard Report and occasional host of Viewer’s Forum – all signature studio programs for the network.
Over his career, Van Pelt has covered all the major golf tournaments – the Masters, the U.S. Open, the British Open and the PGA Championship. Following Tiger Woods’ victory at the 1997 Masters (his first at the tournament), Van Pelt conducted an exclusive half-hour interview with the young Woods for a critically acclaimed network special, Tiger Woods: In His Own Words. He has also covered numerous USGA events, NCAA Men’s and Women’s championships, BUY.COM Tour events and Senior PGA Tour events.
Van Pelt began his sports broadcasting career at WTTG-TV (FOX) in Washington, D.C., in 1990. He worked in WTTG sports studio production department contributing content for the station’s The 10:00 News, Sunday Night’s Sports Extra and specials on the Washington Redskins.
A native of Brookville, Md., Van Pelt graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in radio/television and film.