Suzy Kolber Wiki
She is perhaps known best as an American Football sideline reporter, as well as a sportscaster, and co-producer for the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN), however, Suzy Kolber is more than just a journalist. She ‘s a symbol of perseverance and achievement.
Continue reading to learn more about this magnificent woman, her career beginnings, and her rise to stardom from the girl who played football to one of the most favorite sports journalists.
Early life, family, and education
Born Suzzane Lissa Kolber under the zodiac sign of Taurus on 14 May 1964, Suzy is aged 58 as of March 2023. She is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA, and thus holds American nationality. Suzy was raised in her hometown by her Jewish parents, Gene and Sandra, about whom nothing else is known. Suzy has no siblings.
Having an interest in sports from an early age, Suzy enjoyed playing football and even won a spot on the school’s (supposedly all boys) football team when she was ten years old. However, due to other parents’ strong disagreement, she quit training.
Speaking of her educational background, Suzy attended Upper Dublin High School, and upon matriculating in 1982, enrolled at the University of Miami, Florida from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications in 1986. During her college days, Suzy was a member of the university’s water-ski team.
Career before ESPN
Suzy landed her first job as a sports director while she was still at college. She worked at Dynamic Cable, a television network settled in Coral Gables, Florida, from 1984 through 1986. Next, she served as a videotape co-ordinator for Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) Sports, an affiliate settled in New York City.
Concurrently, Suzy worked as a producer of the sportscast at WTVJ-TV in Miami, from 1985 through 1989, winning a local Sports Emmy Award in 1988. During 1989 and 1990, Suzy freelanced as a sport special for WPLG-TV, also in Miami, and produced two shows entitled “Cowboys Special Edition” in Texas, and “Greyhound Racing America” in Florida.
In 1991, Suzy began working as a weekday feature reporter and weekend sports anchor for the local telvision, WPEC-TV, in West Palm Beach, Florida. She also worked as a reporter and producer for television shows such as “Inside Edition” and “Breeders’ Cup Newsfeed”.
In 1993, Suzy began covering a variety of assignments for ESPN, from the National Football League (NFL) to Grand Slam tennis events and ESPN X Games. However, she gained fame as a sideline reporter on “Monday Night Football” with Michele Tafoya. Suzy was one of the original anchors of ESPN2, a second outlet for ESPN’s mainstream sports coverage, which debuted in October 1993. Suzy co-hosted “SportsNight”, and later served as an anchor for “SportsCenter”.
Three years later, Suzy left ESPN and began serving as an anchor for FOX Sports. While with FOX Sports, she also reported from NFL games, and hosted weekend National Hockey League (NHL) and figure skating.
In 1999, she returned to ESPN and served as the host of “NFL Matchup” until 2003. Concurrently, from 2001 to 2005, she covered ESPN’s NFL prime-time games on “Sunday Night Football”. She also hosted horse racing for the ESPN2 studio program.
From 2004 through 2006, Suzy played a major role in ESPN’s coverage of the NFL Draft. In late 2006, she co-hosted Winter X Games held in Aspen, Colorado.
In 2004, Suzy was named one of the 10 sports TV personalities of the past ten years by Sports Business Daily, while in 2006, she received the Maxwell Football Club’s Sports Broadcaster annually award, which made her the first female recipient of this award.
Also since 2004, Suzy continues to give red-carpet and green-room interviews at the NFL Draft.
In 2006, Suzy began serving as the host of “Monday Night Football”, and stayed in this position during the series’ first six seasons, until 2011. From 2011 through 2013, she hosted the weekday NFL information and news show “NFL Live”, followed by her hosting of “NFL Insiders” from 2013 through 2017.
Suzy was then promoted to her current role as the host of the show “Monday Night Countdown”, and the “Monday Night Football” half-game and post-game. This long-time franchise is one of the most-watched programs in cable television history, and with her work, Suzy has contributed a lot to it.
During her career, Suzy has interviewed numerous athletes, however, the one that received national attention was her interview with Joe Namath, a former American Football player, who during the interview, not once but twice stated that he wanted to kiss her. Suzy, as a professional reporter, thanked him, saying that she will take that as a compliment. Joe Namath later apologized, stating that he was drunk, and soon after joined an alcoholism treatment program.
Suzy hadn’t spoken about the ‘incident’ until 2012 when in her interview for HBO, she said that Joe is a good person.
Ready to welcome the new crop of NFL stars…
Wearing Carmen Marc Valvo, as always. pic.twitter.com/Ma1lM9lZAI
— Suzy Kolber (@SuzyKolber) April 25, 2019
Husband and children
Like many celebrities, Suzy has been the subject of numerous rumors concerning her romantic life, however, her lips were sealed for years before she decided to speak about her private life.
She’s been married to Eric Brady, her former long-term boyfriend whom she began dating in the early 2000s, but kept their relationship secret.
When it comes to Eric, he keeps out of the spotlight, and is only known as Suzy’s husband. The two haven’t shared how and when they met, nor how their love story started, but what we do know is that they have a daughter together named Kellyn, born in 2008, however, the wedding date of her parents is undisclosed.
There have been some rumors saying that Suzy divorced Eric, however, this news was false. As of March 2023, Suzy is still married, and lives with her husband and their daughter in Los Angeles, California.
How rich is Suzy Kolber?
It isn’t a secret that Suzy is among the highest-paid individuals at ESPN, and reportedly earns approximately $3 million per year. According to sources, as of early 2023, she has a net worth estimated at over $18 million.