Hannah Storm – an award-winning journalist, producer and director, a pioneer in the field of sports broadcasting for women, an advocate for children’s issues, and a published author – joined ESPN in 2008 as co-host of the live weekday edition of SportsCenter.
Storm co-hosts the 9-11 a.m. ET SportsCenter with Kevin Neghandi. In addition, Storm has co-hosted many of the networks’ marquee events including: Wimbledon, the U.S. Open,NBA Finals, Veteran’s Day, ESPY Awards and the Super Bowl. During the NFL season, she hosts the Sunday morning SportsCenter, leading into Sunday NFL Countdown.
In 2012 she served as executive producer and host of a new ESPN series, Face to Face with Hannah Storm. To date she has profiled top newsmakers in the sports world from the NBA, NFL, NASCAR and a special program on Tim Tebow. In 2012 Storm co-anchored daredevil Nik Wallenda’s unprecedented live Niagara Falls tightrope walk for ABC News. Also for ABC, Storm annually hosts the “Tournament of Roses Parade.”
Prior to ESPN, Storm handled premier events during her time at NBC Sports (2002-2007) and CNN (1989-1992), where she was the first female host of CNN Sports Tonight.
At NBC Sports, in addition to hosting four Olympics and the “NBA on NBC,” Storm became the first woman in American television history to solo host a broadcast network’s sports series when she hosted NBC’s Major League Baseball coverage, including three World Series.
Taking a break from sports broadcasting, Storm spent five years (2002-2007) at CBS News as host of “The Early Show,” covering numerous major news events ranging from the 2004 Presidential election, the Iraqi War and Hurricane Katrina. While at CBS News, Storm also hosted shows for the award-winning CBS newsmagazine, “48 Hours” and served as co-host for the network’s coverage of the Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Following a passion to direct and produce films, in 2008 Storm created Brainstormin’ Productions. She has produced, executive produced and directed several projects for ESPN and espnW including: “Unmatched,” a documentary chronicling the famous rivalry between Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, for ESPN’s Peabody Award-winning “30 for 30” film series; Storm’s directorial debut of “Moving the Goal,” the story of Kelly Smith, England’s premier women’s soccer star and her previously untold story of her battle with alcoholism for espnW’s “HERoics,” part of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup coverage; Journeys & Victories, an original digital series for espnW, sponsored by Proctor & Gamble, designed to motivate and inspire women through inspirational stories and compelling personal journeys; and a series of first-person video spots of inspiring females for Oakley’s Beyond Reason campaign.
For her work, Storm received the 2013 Gracie Award® for Outstanding Web Site – Information/Entertainment for the Payge McMahon story, 2012 Gracie Award® for Outstanding Individual Achievement – Producer–Entertainment for the video “Iraq Vet takes on Mount Kilimanjaro,” part of Journeys & Victories. Storm also was the recipient the 2011 Gracie Award® for Outstanding Producer-News/Non-fiction for “Unmatched.”
In addition to the Gracie Awards® Storm received for her work through Brainstormin’ Productions, she has been the recipient of two others: 2005 – Outstanding Anchor, News for her work on CBS News; and 2000 – Pioneering work as a female in the world of sports broadcasting for her work on NBC Sports.
Born with a Port Wine Stain underneath her left eye, Storm has become an advocate for children and parents of children suffering from debilitating and disfiguring vascular birthmarks. In 2008 she founded the Hannah Storm Foundation to raise awareness, fund treatment and provide educational information for vascular malformations. To date, children from the United States, China, the Republic of Georgia and Slovenia have received surgery funding through her foundation.
Storm has penned two books: “Notre Dame Inspirations,” and “Go Girl!: Raising Healthy, Confident and Successful Daughters through Sports.” For her work as an author, Literacy Advance of Houston honored her as a Champion of Literacy. She has also contributed to a variety of other books and written extensively for several magazines, including Cosmopolitan, Nick Jr., Family Circle, Child and Notre Dame Magazine.
Storm is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the mother of three daughters with her husband, Dan Hicks of NBC Sports.