Sage Steele


Sage Steele is one of ESPN’s most versatile on-air personalities, currently serving as the host of the Friday, Saturday & Sunday editions of NBA Countdown – ABC’s and ESPN’s NBA pre-game show. Steele's Countdown duties continue into the playoffs, as she leads the pre-game and halftime coverage through the NBA Finals on ABC. Steele, who joined ESPN in 2007, previously served for 5 years as a co-host of ESPN’s SportsCenter, the network’s flagship news and information program. During her tenure, Steele has hosted SportsCenter's daytime coverage from the NBA Finals, served as a guest-host on NFL LIVE and SportsNation, contributed to First Take and Mike & Mike in the Morning, and hosted The Scripps National Spelling Bee from 2010-2013, among many other assignments. In May of 2015, Steele experienced what she calls "the greatest honor of her career" when she gave the commencement address at her alma mater, Indiana University, exactly 20 years after receiving her undergraduate degree from the school. In 2013, she returned to the site of her first job as a television sportscaster, Indianapolis, Indiana, when she was asked to be the Celebrity Pace Car driver at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway prior to NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series Brickyard 400. Steele began her television career at WSBT-TV (CBS) in South Bend, IN as a producer and reporter (1995-1997). She then moved to WISH-TV (CBS) in Indianapolis where she was a beat reporter for the Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers, while also covering NASCAR, the Izod IndyCar Series, and the 1997 NCAA Men’s Final Four. In August 1998, Steele moved to Tampa, FL and worked as a sports reporter, anchor, and host for WFTS-TV (ABC). She was a beat reporter for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1998-2001, also covering the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Storm, various college sports, and covered the 1999 NCAA Men’s Final Four in Tampa/St. Pete. In 2000, Steele joined Fox Sports Net Florida as the beat reporter for all major sports in the Central Florida region, which included a reporting role for Super Bowl XXXV in Tampa. In April 2001, Steele became an anchor/host for the debut of Comcast SportsNet, serving the Washington DC/Baltimore region. She anchored the flagship show SportsNite for six years and was also a beat reporter for the Baltimore Ravens from 2001-2005, hosting the team's magazine show for all five seasons. Steele graduated from IU (Bloomington) in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in sports communications. Steele's priority is spending time with her husband and three children. She also volunteers for various organizations locally and nationally, and tries to find time to enjoy exercising, hiking, equestrian horseback riding and baking.

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