Since joining ESPN in 1993 for the launch of ESPN2 as a host of short sports update segments, Stuart Scott’s role and visibility on studio shows has consistently grown. His primary roles are on SportsCenter – often anchoring the 11 p.m. ET edition – and on NFL and NBA programming. Beginning April 2009, Scott added west coast responsibilities to his schedule, hosting a select number of SportsCenter
1 a.m. ET (10 p.m. ET) editions from the network’s state-of-the-art production facility in Los Angeles.
Since 2008, Scott has been the lead host for NBA on ESPN and ABC, including the NBA Finals on ABC, anchoring the critically acclaimed pre-game, halftime and post-game programs. He is also studio host for NBA on ESPN since 2002.
When Monday Night Football moved to ESPN in 2006, Scott added on-site hosting duties to his schedule during the NFL season, including the 90-minute edition of Monday Night Countdown, aired live from 7 – 8:30 p.m. and post-game SportsCenter coverage at the site of that night’s game. Scott has previously appeared on NFL PrimeTime during the 1997 season, Monday Night Countdown from 2002-2005, and Sunday NFL Countdown during the 1999 to 2001 seasons. Scott has also hosted ESPN’s Dream Job series (2004-05), Stump the Schwab (2004-06), the New Year’s Eve specials on ESPN in 2005 and the live ABC special of David Blaine’s “Drowned Alive” stunt in 2006.
His unique style and vocabulary – including “Boo-yah!” and “He must be buttah ‘cause he’s on a roll” – have made him one of the network’s most popular and recognized anchors. After serving as an original SportSmash anchor on ESPN2’s SportsNight, Scott served as host of Edge NFL Matchup, a weekly 30-minute show which previewed select NFL games; ESPN2’s NBA 2Night, an NBA news and highlight program; and ESPN2’s SportsNight: College Football Edition.
He has also covered the MLB playoffs and NCAA Final Four in 1995, and the NBA Finals for SportsCenter since 1997. In the 1997 and 1998 NBA Finals, Scott’s coverage included exclusive, one-on-one interviews with Michael Jordan. He has also interviewed Tiger Woods, Sammy Sosa, President Clinton and President Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign. A personal and professional highlight for Scott was being requested by U.S. soldiers to be part of ESPN’s SportsCenter: Salute the Troops effort in which he and fellow SportsCenter co-anchors hosted a week of programs originated from Kuwait in September 2004.Prior to joining ESPN, Scott worked for WESH-TV in Orlando, Fla., as a sports reporter and sports anchor from 1990 to 1993. While at WESH, he earned first place honors from the Central Florida Press Club for a feature on rodeo.
Scott also worked as a news reporter at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, N.C. (1988-90), and as a news reporter and weekend sports anchor at WPDE-TV in Florence, S.C. (1987-88).Scott was graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1987 with a bachelor of arts degree in speech communications and radio, television and motion pictures. At North Carolina he worked at a student radio station WXYC-FM as a sports and news reporter and played wide receiver and defensive back for a club football team.