Monday Night Countdown Host
Suzy Kolber originally joined ESPN in 1993 and is a mainstay of the company’s NFL coverage. She hosts Monday Night Countdown, ESPN’s Monday Night Football pregame show, as well as MNF halftime and postgame segments from the site of each week’s primetime game. Kolber is also a key contributor to the company’s Super Bowl week and NFL Draft coverage.
In 2017, Kolber was promoted to her current role as solo host of Monday Night Countdown and the MNF halftime and postgame. She originally joined Countdown in 2015, following her close friend and colleague Stuart Scott, and she co-hosted the show with broadcasting legend Chris Berman from 2015-16.
Kolber’s role as host extends to ESPN’s annual Super Bowl week coverage where she hosts Sunday NFL Countdown segments from the stadium on Super Bowl Sunday. She has also hosted ESPN’s weekday NFL news and information show NFL Live and former pro football-themed shows NFL 32 (2011-13) and NFL Insiders (2013-17). Additionally, Kolber continues to conduct red carpet and green room interviews at the NFL Draft (since 2004).
Widely praised for elevating the NFL sideline role, Kolber covered ESPN’s NFL primetime games on Sunday Night Football (2001-05) and Monday Night Football during the series’ first six seasons on ESPN (2006-11). In 2006, Kolber experienced one of her career highlights, working the sidelines for ABC Sports’ broadcast of Super Bowl XL in Detroit and contributing to the network’s pre-game show.
The first female recipient of the Maxwell Football Club’s Sports Broadcaster of the Year Award in 2006, Kolber was also named to Sports Business Daily’s 2004 list of the 10 favorite sports TV personalities of the past 10 years. In 2018, she was honored by The Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters as a Gold Medal Honoree, and in 2019, she was inducted into Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame.
When ESPN2 launched in 1993, Kolber joined the company as co-host of SportsNight, which debuted October 1. She later served as an anchor on SportsCenter, a reporter on College GameDay and co-host of the X Games in 1995 and ’96. Kolber also hosted ESPN2′s SportsFigures, which used sports celebrities and analogies to teach math and physics.
Kolber left ESPN for Fox Sports in November 1996, and there she anchored a nightly sports news program and reported from NFL games in addition to hosting figure skating and weekend NHL coverage. Upon her return to ESPN in 1999, Kolber served as host of NFL Matchup (1999-2003) and contributed “Backstage” segments to Monday Night Countdown.
In past NFL off-seasons, Kolber served as a SportsCenter anchor and on-site host for ESPN’s coverage at the French Open (2004-08) and Wimbledon (2003-2009). In 2000 and ’01 she hosted the X Games and Winter X Games. She returned to the event as co-host of the Winter X Games in Aspen in 2006.
Her credits also include hosting Triple Crown horse racing events for ESPN as well as ESPN pre-race NASCAR Countdown shows on ABC in 2007, often during the same weekends as MNF games in the fall.
Kolber came to ESPN from WPEC-TV in West Palm Beach, Fla., where she was a weekend sports anchor and weekday feature reporter since December 1991. In 1991, Kolber’s freelance assignments included work as a reporter/producer for Breeders’ Cup Newsfeed in Greenwich, Conn.; a field producer for Inside Edition in New York; a sports specials producer for WCIX-TV in Miami, and a producer/director for NFL Films.
From 1989-90, she freelanced as a sports specials producer for WPLG-TV in Miami. In addition, she produced two magazine shows, Cowboys Special Edition in Irving, Texas (1990-91) and Greyhound Racing America in Miami, Fla. (1988-90). From 1985 to 1989, she produced the 5:30 p.m. sportscast at WTVJ-TV in Miami, winning a local Sports Emmy in 1988.
Kolber graduated from the University of Miami in 1986 with a bachelor of arts degree in telecommunications. While an undergraduate, she worked at Dynamic Cable in Coral Gables, Fla., as a sports director (1984-86). After graduation, she worked at CBS Sports in New York as a videotape coordinator (1986).