Doris Burke

Category: Broadcasters, NBA, Women in Sports
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Sports Speaker Doris Burke has made history as the pioneering woman analyst for a Big East Men’s Basketball Tournament, in addition to many other firsts as a female broadcaster in the sports industry.  Beginning her career as an analyst for women’s games at Providence College in 1990, Burke was not always the leading lady in men’s sports. However, as her career progressed she began working for both the Big East Women’s games and eventually the Big East Men’s games in 1996.

An enduring supporter of the WNBA, Burke eventually became the lead analyst for ESPN’s coverage of the league, working specifically with the New York Liberty team as the ongoing radio and television voice since 1997. While remaining a major voice in the WNBA, Burke began working with Dick Vitale on ESPN’s top men’s basketball team in 2003, in addition to working the NBA sidelines for ESPN and ABC. Leaving a lasting impact in the field of men’s sports, Burke became the first female to not only become an analyst for a Big East Men’s game, but she is also the first woman to become the main analyst on a male college basketball conference package, as well as the first female color analyst for a New York Knicks game on radio and television.

Burke continues to demonstrate her innate sports speaking talent, particularly as an announcer in the 2012 Big East Tournament, where she also worked as a reporter during the championship game. More recently, Burke agreed to serve as an NBA commentator for ESPN, signing a multiyear contract with the network in 2013. In the same year, she was also featured on ESPN’s NBA pregame show Kia NBA Countdown, partnering with Jalen Rose and Avery Johnson for it.

A career worthy of numerous awards and honors, Burke has been inducted into many prestigious organizations, such as the Institute for International Sport’s Scholar Athlete Hall of Fame in 2004, and the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.  She has also been given awards such as the Rudy Award as the Best Face in Sports Television by USA Today in 2003, as well as the 2012 Silver Anniversary Award in honor of her work in the NCAA as a significant keynote speaker.