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Bio

 

Michele Tafoya

ESPN's Monday Night Football Sideline Reporter; Play-By-Play and Sideline Commentator

University:
California - Berkeley

Joined ESPN:
2000

Michele Tafoya joined ESPN in 2000 and her profile has steadily risen through a variety of on-air roles. She was the sideline reporter for ABC Sports’ Monday Night Football in 2004-05, and in the fall of 2006 moved to ESPN’s Monday Night Football. Tafoya also serves as an NBA sideline reporter for ABC Sports and ESPN.

Tafoya’s other roles include men’s and women’s NCAA basketball play-by-play and studio host, and college football and basketball sideline reporter. She also has served as a substitute host on Pardon the Interruption and as a panelist on Sports Reporters II. Previously, her ESPN assignments have included calling WNBA games, hosting skiing telecasts and working on ESPN’s college basketball selection shows as a reporter.

Prior to ESPN, Tafoya worked for CBS Sports since 1994 as a game reporter and studio host for NFL, college football and college basketball telecasts. She also hosted CBS’ NCAA Tournament selection show, Goodwill Games and U.S. Open coverage, as well as CBS’s late-night Winter Olympics programs in 1998. She has been a WNBA commentator on Lifetime since 1997.

Tafoya worked as a host and reporter for KFAN-AM in Minneapolis, primarily for Minnesota Vikings’ and University of Minnesota women’s basketball broadcasts. She previously worked for WAQS-AM in Charlotte, where her duties included calling UNC-Charlotte men’s basketball action. Tafoya was the first female analyst to call UNC-Charlotte men’s basketball.

Tafoya also worked for the Midwest Sports Channel, serving as a Minnesota Timberwolves host and sideline reporter as well as a play-by-play commentator for women's Big Ten basketball and volleyball. Tafoya also spent three years at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis as a sports anchor and reporter.

Tafoya was graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in broadcast journalism and earned her master’s degree in business administration from University of Southern California. In 1997, The American Women in Radio and Television honored Tafoya with a Gracie Award for “Outstanding Achievement by an Individual On-Air TV Personality” for her WNBA work with Lifetime. She resides in Minnesota.

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