DAA 2018: Sage Steele, BS’95

Sage Steele is one of ESPN’s most popular and respected commentators, currently serving as the anchor for the 6 p.m. SportsCenter with co-anchor Kevin Negandhi and as lead host for SportsCenter on the Road.

Her lead role for SportsCenter on the Road, which she’s held since September 2016, includes on-site, day-long and pre-event coverage for the biggest sports events of the year, including the NBA Finals, the Super Bowl, the World Series, the Masters, the College Football National Championship and many more.

She’s anchored the 6 p.m. SportsCenter since May 2018. Previously, she anchored SportsCenter:AM, and she hosted NBA Countdown on ESPN and ABC from 2013-17.

Steele joined ESPN in 2007, serving as a regular SportsCenter anchor until 2013. In addition to SportsCenter, she also has contributed to First Take and Mike & Mike, and has been a guest co-host of ESPN2’s SportsNation. She hosted ABC and ESPN’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve during the inaugural College Football Playoff.

Beyond her work for ESPN, Steele has co-hosted ABC’s telecast of the Miss America pageant since 2016 and has been a featured guest host on ABC’s The View. She also hosted the Scripps National Spelling Bee from 2010-13.

In 2015, Steele added “mommy blogger” to her job portfolio, contributing several stories to Disney-owned Babble. She has also been a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and has been profiled by Rolling Stone, the Wall Street Journal, Vibe and Huffington Post, to name a few.

In 2013, Steele had the honor of driving the pace car for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Brickyard 400 at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Steele began her television career at WSBT-TV in South Bend, working as a producer and reporter from 1995-97. She then moved to WISH-TV in Indianapolis, where she was the beat reporter for the Indianapolis Colts, in addition to covering the 1997 NCAA men’s Final Four, NASCAR and the IndyCar Series.

In August 1998, Steele moved to Tampa and worked as a reporter, anchor and host for WFTS-TV. She was the beat reporter for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1998-2001 and covered the 1999 NCAA men’s Final Four. In 2000, she joined Fox Sports Net in Tampa as a reporter and covered Super Bowl XXXV for the 2000-01 NFL season.

In April 2001, Steele became the anchor for the debut of Comcast SportsNet, serving the Washington, D.C./Baltimore region. She anchored the flagship show SportsNite for six years and was also a beat reporter for the Baltimore Ravens from 2001-05, hosting a magazine show for all five seasons.

Steele graduated from IU in 1995 with a B.S. in sport communication. In her spare time, she is a board member for the Pat Tillman Foundation and is passionate about working alongside military veterans. She enjoys horseback riding and spending time with her husband and three children.

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