Erin Andrews


Erin Andrews
Erin Andrews

Andrews at a 2007 college football game
Born Erin Jill Andrews
May 4, 1978 (1978-05-04) (age 33)
Lewiston, Maine, United States
Education University of Florida (BA)
Occupation Sportscaster, journalist
Years active 2000-present
Notable credit(s) College GameDay co-anchor (2010-present),
Good Morning America correspondent (2010-present)
Official website

Erin Jill Andrews (born May 4, 1978) is an American sportscaster, journalist, and television personality. As of 2011 she is a co-host of the ESPN entertainment show College GameDay and a contributor for Good Morning America on the ABC network.[1][2] Andrews has been described as one of the most attractive sportscasters on television, a label for which she has received substantial media attention.[3][4]

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Early life and family

Andrews was born in Lewiston, Maine to Paula Andrews, a teacher, and Steven Andrews, a TV journalist.[5][6] She moved to Tampa, Florida as a young girl when her father, a six-time Emmy Award-winner, began working as an investigative reporter for WFLA-TV.[7]

Andrews attended Bloomingdale High School in Valrico, Florida, where she was a member of the cheerleading team, student government, and the National Honor Society.[6][8] Following her graduation from high school in 1996, Andrews attended the University of Florida, graduating in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Telecommunications.[1] While in college, she was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority.[9] and the Florida Gators Dazzlers, a dance team, from 1997 to 2000.[1] She also has a younger sister Kendra Andrews, who is a professional dancer and actor.[10]

Career

Andrews covering a baseball game at Miller Park.

Early work (2000-2004)

In 2000, Andrews joined Fox Sports Florida as a freelance reporter. In 2001-2002, she served as a Tampa Bay Lightning reporter for the Sunshine Network. From 2002-2004, Andrews covered the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Thrashers, and Atlanta Hawks for the Turner South network as a studio host and reporter.[1]

2004-present

Andrews began working for ESPN in May 2004 as a reporter for ESPN National Hockey Night. She has also reported for the College World Series, Little League World Series, and Great Outdoor Games. Andrews began serving as a sideline reporter for ESPN College Football Saturday Primetime and Big Ten college basketball games, and in 2005, her job expanded to include ESPN College Football Thursday Primetime and Major League Baseball sideline reporting. From 2008 to 2010, she reported for ESPN’s and ABC’s live coverage of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.[1]

Andrews has been a guest on several talk shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.[11]

In 2010, Andrews appeared on the tenth season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars. She and professional partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy placed third out of 11 contestants.[12]

Andrews currently hosts the first hour of ESPN's College GameDay on ESPNU and has been a Good Morning America correspondent on ABC since 2010.[2]

Charitable work

In 2010, Andrews became a spokesperson for the Kraft Foods Huddle to Fight Hunger campaign which aimed to raise $2.86 million for Feeding America.[13] In May 2011, she co-hosted the Music Builds: CMT Disaster Relief Concert on the CMT network to raise money for the American Red Cross in response to the April 27th tornadoes in the Southern United States.[14] In September 2011, Andrews partnered with StubHub to support the Girls Night Out initiative, a program to encourage women to attend more sporting events. A portion of ticket revenues generated through the program goes to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, a support organization for survivors of deceased military personnel.[15]

Stalking incident

In 2008, Michael David Barrett, 46, filmed Andrews in her hotel room through peepholes at the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and the Radisson Airport Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. On July 16, 2009, one of these videos, in which Andrews was nude, was posted online and quickly went viral.[16][6] Barrett was arrested on October 2, 2009 by the FBI for interstate stalking, and pled guilty to the charges on December 15, 2009.[17][18] On March 15, 2010, Barrett was sentenced to 30 months in prison, 3 years of probation, $5,000 in fines, and $7,366 in restitution.[19] He is currently serving his sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Edgefield, South Carolina and is scheduled to be released on July 3, 2012.[20]

Andrews has sued Barrett, Marriott International, Radisson Hotels, and five other entities for negligence and invasion of privacy in connection with the secret videotaping.[21] In 2011, Andrews worked with U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar to enact a new federal anti-stalking law.[22]

External links

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "Erin Andrews | ESPN MediaZone". Espnmediazone3.com. 2009-10-27. http://www.espnmediazone3.com/us/2009/10/27/andrews_erin/. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  2. ^ a b Hibberd, James (2011-07-13). "Erin Andrews signs new ESPN deal". Reuters. http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/07/13/us-espn-idUSTRE66C0YP20100713. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  3. ^ "ESPN's Erin Andrews is Playboy.com's Sexiest Sportscaster in America" (Press release). Reuters. 2007-11-28. http://www.reuters.com/article/2007/11/28/idUS83207+28-Nov-2007+PRN20071128. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  4. ^ Pumerantz, Zack (2011-08-31). "35 Sexiest Sportscasters from Around the World". Bleacher Report. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/828058-35-sexiest-sportscasters-from-around-the-globe#/articles/828058-35-sexiest-sportscasters-from-around-the-globe/page/21. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  5. ^ "Erin Andrews tells Oprah she's 'victim of a stalker'". http://www2.tbo.com/content/2009/sep/11/erin-andrews-tells-oprah-shes-victim-stalker/. 
  6. ^ a b c "Erin Andrews: Minding Your P's & Q's And A Lot More". http://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/may/27/me-erin-andrews-minding-your-ps-qs-and-a-lot-more/entertainment-tv/. 
  7. ^ "From WFLA News Channel 8". WFLA.com. http://www.wfla.com/personalities/andrews.htm. Retrieved 2010-06-24. 
  8. ^ http://www.ninjadude.com/images/Erin-Andrews/Erin-Andrews-Yearbook-BIG-pic.jpg
  9. ^ Notable Zetas, zetataualpha.org, Retrieved on 16 May 2010.
  10. ^ "Erin Andrews Twitter account, Tweet dated 5/16/11 at 11:36 AM CST". http://twitter.com/ErinAndrews/status/70165812056559617. 
  11. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2933395/#Self
  12. ^ Kinon, Cristina:"'Dancing with the stars' 2010: Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy tie with Nicole Scherzinger" New York Daily News, May 25th 2010
  13. ^ Elliott, Stuart (2010-08-20). "Kraft Goes Bowl-ing to Help Feed the Country - NYTimes.com". Mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com. http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/20/kraft-goes-bowl-ing-to-help-feed-the-country/. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  14. ^ Bahn, Chris (2011-09-13). "Erin Andrews, CMT Looking To Help Arkansas, Other States Impacted By Storms". ArkansasSports360.com. http://www.arkansassports360.com/24818/erin-andrews-cmt-looking-to-help-arkansas-other-states-impacted-by-storms. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  15. ^ Fisher, Eric (2011-09-13). "StubHub Signs Erin Andrews To Promote New Girls Night Out Initiative". SportsBusiness Daily. http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Daily/Issues/2011/09/13/Marketing-and-Sponsorship/StubHub.aspx. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  16. ^ "ESPN Lawyers Try to Smoke Out Creepy Amateur Peephole Videographer". http://deadspin.com/5317084/espn-lawyers-try-to-smoke-out-creepy-amateur-peephole-videographer. 
  17. ^ Robinson, Mike (October 3, 2009). "Michael David Barrett: Man Arrested In Erin Andrews Peeping Tom Case". Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/03/michael-david-barrett-sus_n_308502.html. 
  18. ^ "Court filing: Man accused of stalking ESPN reporter to plead guilty". cnn.com. 2009-12-10. http://articles.cnn.com/2009-12-10/justice/espn.erin.andrews_1_erin-andrews-michael-david-barrett-videos?_s=PM:CRIME. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  19. ^ "ESPN reporter Erin Andrews' stalker gets 2˝ years in prison". sports.espn.go.com. 2010-03-15. http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/news/story?id=4998324. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  20. ^ "Federal Bureau of Prisons". Bop.gov. http://www.bop.gov/iloc2/InmateFinderServlet?Transaction=NameSearch&needingMoreList=false&FirstName=Michael&Middle=David&LastName=Barrett&Race=W&Sex=M&Age=&x=61&y=9. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  21. ^ USA Today, Retrieved August 3, 2010
  22. ^ Edecio Martinez. "Erin Andrews and Sen. Amy Klobuchar Introduce Tougher Federal Anti-Stalking Bill". CBS News. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-20011912-504083.html. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Kelly Osbourne & Louis van Amstel
Dancing with the Stars (US) third place contestant
Season 10 (Spring 2010 with Maksim Chmerkovskiy)
Succeeded by
Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas

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