8 of the best female sports presenters from around the world
Televised sports can feel like a very macho world, with its endless conveyor belt of recently-retired ex pros-turned-pundits. However, all over the world there are a number of female presenters every bit as sharp-eyed and knowledgeable as their male counterparts.
Here are eight of the most talented female presenters you should know about right now
Date of Birth: 20 September 1978
Where to see her: This Mexican journalist hosts DxTips, a Spanish-language sports interview programme. She has hosted the Olympic Games, several Super Bowls and boxing matches. Alongside her husband, Sainz also owns the production company that created the show. Renowned for her intelligence and humour, she has also modelled for websites such as Sports Illustrated and Men’s Health.
Date of birth: 28 May 1986
Where to see her: After graduating from journalism school, Britt McHenry began working for WJLA-TV and NewsChannel 8 as a sports reporter. Now one of the main presenters on ESPN, she hosts various shows, including NFL Live, Baseball Tonight and SportsCenter.
Date of birth: 27 May 1987
Where to see her: Born and raised in Manhattan Beach, Alex Curry has stayed true to her Californian roots as presenter of Angels Weekly, which focuses on the Los Angeles Angels. She also hosts Tailgate 48 on the Big Ten Network and, during the NHL season, Kings Live on Fox Sports West.
Date of birth: 25 September 1977
Where to see her: A long-time staple of Sky Sports News, Thompson presented the channel’s Afternoon Report up until December 2011, and was also a regular panellist on Sky1’s A League of Their Own for its first four series. From 2011 to 2013 she became a presenter on Sky Sports F1, and later joined BBC Radio 5 Live’s Saturday morning comedy show Fighting Talk. Away from the small screen, FHM included Thompson in its 2007 Sexiest Female in the World list.
Date of Birth: 4 May 1982
Where to see her: Another Thompson, but of no relation to the UK’s Georgie. Born and raised in Seattle, Charissa knew she wanted to be a broadcaster from an early age. A star of Fox Sports, whether presenting ice hockey or American football, Thompson has viewers glued to their screens.
Date of birth: 3 February 1984
Where to see her: Sara Carbonero began her career working for a brief period on Cadena Ser, the oldest sports radio station in Spain, but it wasn’t until she joined TV channel Telecino that her career as a sports journalist really took off. It was there that she grew close to then-Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas. When he joined Porto in 2015, she moved to Portugal with him. In 2009, Carbonero was crowned “Sexiest Sports Reporter in the World” by FHM.
Date of birth: 13 July 1981
Where to see her: Erin Sharoni was born and raised in New York City. Prior to becoming a television anchor, she was a personal trainer and US Junior Olympic-certified swimming coach. In 2010, she landed her first job in sports broadcasting as the sideline reporter for St. John’s basketball. She has also worked for Showtime, NBC Sports and CBS Sports. Away from the television, she is a DJ, and hosts the regular podcast Bring Your Body.
Date of Birth: 6 February 1986
Where to see her: Melanie Collins is currently the face of Yahoo! Sports, and co-hosts Big Break on the Golf Channel. Prior to this, she covered basketball for NBA-TV and the Big Ten Network, as well as Major League Baseball for MLB.com. Collins has also reported from a number of global events, including the Olympics, the World Cup and the Super Bowl.