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Suzy Kolber originally joined ESPN in 1993 and is a mainstay of the company’s NFL coverage. She hosts Monday Night Countdown, ESPN’s Monday Night Football pregame show, as well as MNF halftime and postgame segments from the site of each week’s primetime game. Kolber also hosts the year-round, weekday studio show NFL Insiders and she is part of the company’s Super Bowl week and NFL Draft coverage.
In 2017, Kolber was promoted to her new role as solo host of Monday Night Countdown and the MNF halftime and postgame. She previously co-hosted Countdown with broadcasting legend Chris Berman from 2015-16. She originally joined the show in 2015, following her close friend and colleague Stuart Scott.
Kolber has conducted red carpet and green room interviews at the NFL Draft since 2004 and her role in ESPN’s annual Super Bowl week coverage includes hosting Sunday NFL Countdown segments from the Super Bowl stadium on game day.
Kolber is widely praised for elevating the NFL sideline role during her decade of covering ESPN’s NFL primetime games, first on Sunday Night Football (2001-05) and continuing on Monday Night Football during the series’ first six seasons on ESPN (2006-11). In 2006, Kolber experienced one of her career highlights, working the sidelines for ABC Sports’ broadcast of Super Bowl XL in Detroit and contributing to the network’s pre-game show.
The first female recipient of the Maxwell Football Club’s Sports Broadcaster of the Year Award in 2006, Kolber was also named to Sports Business Daily’s 2004 list of the 10 favorite sports TV personalities of the past 10 years.
When ESPN2 launched in 1993, Kolber joined the company as co-host of SportsNight, which debuted October 1. She later served as an anchor on SportsCenter, a reporter on College GameDay and co-host of the X Games in 1995 and ’96. Kolber also hosted ESPN2′s SportsFigures, which used sports celebrities and analogies to teach math and physics.
Kolber left ESPN for Fox Sports in November 1996 and she anchored a nightly sports news program and reported from NFL games in addition to hosting figure skating and weekend NHL coverage. Upon her return to ESPN in 1999, Kolber served as host of NFL Matchup (1999-2003) and contributed “Backstage” segments to Monday Night Countdown.
In past NFL off-seasons, Kolber served as a SportsCenter anchor and on-site host for ESPN’s coverage at the French Open (2004-08) and Wimbledon (2003-2009). In 2000 and ’01 she hosted the X Games and Winter X Games. She returned to the event as co-host of the Winter X Games in Aspen in 2006.
Her credits also include hosting Triple Crown horse racing events for ESPN as well as ESPN pre-race NASCAR Countdown shows on ABC in 2007, often during the same weekends as MNF games in the fall.
Kolber came to ESPN from WPEC-TV in West Palm Beach, Fla., where she was a weekend sports anchor and weekday feature reporter since December 1991. In 1991, Kolber’s freelance assignments included work as a reporter/producer for Breeders’ Cup Newsfeed in Greenwich, Conn.; a field producer for Inside Edition in New York; a sports specials producer for WCIX-TV in Miami, and a producer/director for NFL Films.
From 1989-90, she freelanced as a sports specials producer for WPLG-TV in Miami. In addition, she produced two magazine shows, Cowboys Special Edition in Irving, Texas (1990-91) and Greyhound Racing America in Miami, Fla. (1988-90). From 1985 to 1989, she produced the 5:30 p.m. sportscast at WTVJ-TV in Miami, winning a local Sports Emmy in 1988.
Kolber graduated from the University of Miami in 1986 with a bachelor of arts degree in telecommunications. While an undergraduate, she worked at Dynamic Cable in Coral Gables, Fla., as a sports director (1984-86). After graduation, she worked at CBS Sports in New York as a videotape coordinator (1986).