Shannon Spake joined ESPN in 2006 and serves multiple roles for the network. She is a sideline reporter for college football and basketball games on ESPN, ABC and the SEC Network, including Saturday Primetime College Basketball and Super Tuesday SEC college basketball telecasts, plus select college football bowl games. In addition, she reports on college sports for SportsCenter and other ESPN news platforms and occasionally serves as studio host for College Football Live.
Spake joined ESPN in 2007 as a reporter and host for the former ESPN2 program NASCAR Now. She also worked as a pit reporter during live NASCAR race telecasts from 2007-2014.
Spake briefly worked for South Florida’s Neil Rogers Show on WQAM in 1999 before moving to New York City and working for Nickelodeon as assistant coordinator of on-air promotions in 2000. She spent two years at CBS – including one at The Early Show as an associate producer, and while at CBS news covered events such as the 2000 presidential election and the September 11th tragedy. She also worked as a production assistant on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel on HBO in 2003 and did freelance production work for a variety of specialty television projects, including the MTV Video Music Awards, VH-1 Fashion Awards, HBO boxing and The NFL Today on CBS.
In 2003, Spake became a reporter for the local Fox affiliate news station, WCCB-TV in Charlotte,N.C., and in 2004, she joined the Charlotte Bobcats and worked as a reporter and producer for the team’s regional sports network, C-SET.
She joined the SPEED Channel in 2005 to report for NASCAR Nation. While there, she co-hosted Backseat Drivers and reported from the NASCAR garage during the 2006 Daytona Speed Weeks. Spake also co-hosted a 2005 special from the NASCAR banquet in New York City.
Her first assignment for ESPN was as a pit reporter for the 2006 All-American Soap Box Derby Championships.
Spake received her bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. She’s mother to identical twin boys.