Samantha Ponder (formerly Steele) is a contributor on College GameDay. Additionally, she is a reporter on ESPN College Football Primetime (Thursday) with Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, and David Pollack.
She joined ESPN and the Longhorn Network in 2011 as a reporter working events, studio shows and feature stories out of the LHN studios in Austin, Texas. In 2012 she became the host of College GameDay and the sideline reporter for ESPN’s Thursday Night College Football games. She also serves as a reporter for ESPN’s Tuesday and Saturday primetime college basketball games.
Ponder was previously a host and reporter for Fox Sports, contributing to both Fox Sports Net and Fox College’s coverage of college basketball and football in the Pac 10 and Big 12 conferences
In her role with Fox, Ponder worked as a studio host and a sideline reporter in both college football and basketball. As a host, she led the pregame, halftime, and postgame studio shows for various events, including the Pac 10 Basketball Tournament and “Paradise Jam,” a preseason tournament in the U.S. Virgin Islands featuring teams from the ACC, Big East, and other various conferences.
Ponder is also a frequent radio guest around the country during the college football and basketball seasons, discussing the latest news in college sports. Additionally, she has served as a weekly columnist for FoxSports.com.
Prior to joining Fox College Sports, Ponder interned with ABC Sports Radio and assisted with research on ABC Television’s College Football Studio show in New York. She also served as the sideline reporter and host for all football and men’s and women’s basketball games while in college at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.
Ponder is a native of Phoenix, Ariz.