Hannah Storm

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Sports Speaker Hannah Storm began her national broadcasting career with a bang in 1989 as the first female host on CNN Sports Tonight. While at CNN, Storm also hosted Major League Baseball Preview and reported from sporting events such as spring training and the Daytona 500. In 1992, she left CNN for NBC Sports to host the Olympic Games, NBA and WNBA basketball, NFL, figure skating, and MLB. As her time at NBC progressed, Storm made history again in 1994 when she became the solo host of the NBC Major League Baseball games — making her the first woman in American television history to individually anchor a network’s sports package. From 1997 to 2002, she continued her broadcasting career and hosted The NBA on NBC, while also anchoring NBC sports coverage of events as diverse as Wimbledon to the World Figure Skating Championships. To add to her achievements, Storm also became the first play-by-play announcer for the WNBA in 1997.

Making her way from sports broadcasting to news coverage, Storm became a host of The Early Show on CBS News in 2002. While working for the show, Storm covered events such as the Iraq            War, Hurricane Katrina, and the 2004 US presidential election. Fine-tuning her already impressive speaking skills, Storm interviewed public figures such as George W. Bush, Hilary Clinton, and Barack Obama, in addition to pop culture icons like Elton John and Paul McCartney. While at CBS, Storm also hosted shows for the network’s award-winning magazine 48 Hours, and co-hosted the CBS Thanksgiving Day Parade for five years. With an abundance of experience to share, she wrote a blog for about inspirational women before her retirement from CBS in 2007.

Returning to sports broadcasting, Storm joined ESPN in 2008 to anchor SportsCenter on weekdays with Bob Ley. As she became more acclimated to the ESPN environment, Storm co-hosted the 2009 US Open with Mike Tirico and Chris Fowler, as well as the 2010 US Open and 2011 Wimbledon. 2010 was a big year for Storm in that she also began hosting ESPN Sports Saturday, in addition to covering the 2010 NBA Finals with Stuart Scott. In the 2010 to 2011 season she even became the rotating host of the NBA Countdown pregame show, alternating with Stuart Scott as the host until the 2011 to 2012 NBA season.

A public speaker known to many different audiences, Storm is an experienced broadcaster in industries ranging from sports reporting to major news coverage.