Reporter & Play-by-Play Commentator
Holly Rowe celebrates more than 20 years as one of ESPN’s most versatile commentators. Covering a wide variety sports for ESPN, Rowe joined the network full time in August 1998 after appearing on select ESPN telecasts in 1997 and ABC Sports in 1995-96. Rowe is a reporter on a number of high profile events and programming – ABC Saturday Night Football, Big Monday men’s college basketball, NCAA Women’s Final Four, NCAA Women’s College World Series, NCAA indoor and beach volleyball national championships and the WNBA.
Rowe has also provided play-by-play commentary for women’s college basketball, softball, volleyball and gymnastics., as well as covering soccer, swimming, track & field and the Little League World Series of baseball and softball for ESPN.
Rowe won the 2022 Sports Emmy for Outstanding Personality/Reporter and was the 2022 recipient of the Mel Greenberg National Media Award from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). A soon-to-be-minted hall of famer, Rowe was recently named the 2023 Curt Gowdy Electronic Media Award Winner for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In 2021, Rowe made Utah Jazz history as the team’s first female color commentator in a game against the Sacramento Kings.
Rowe has also provided play-by-play for women’s college basketball and women’s college volleyball for Fox Sports from 1993-2003. She was one of four play-by-play announcers on ESPN’s coverage of the 1998 Women’s World Cup, and has hosted ESPN’s coverage of the Running of the Bulls. She was also the analyst for the WNBA’s Utah Starzz until the franchise moved to San Antonio. Rowe served as the play-by-play voice for BYU women’s basketball, volleyball and gymnastics from 1993-2009 and as a BYU and Air Force football sideline reporter for the Blue and White Sports Network from 1993-97.
Rowe has worked as a sports reporter and anchor for outlets in Salt Lake City including KSL Radio, Fox 13 TV, KBYU TV, BYU Sports Network and KFNZ Radio.
She graduated from the University of Utah with a broadcast journalism degree. While at Utah, Rowe was a sportswriter for the Daily Utah Chronicle and the Davis County Clipper, and anchored the campus TV station news.
The award-winning Rowe is a producer and writer of documentaries and features that have aired on KBYU TV, ESPN and FOX 13 TV in Salt Lake City.
Currently in treatment for Stage IV Metastatic Melanoma, Rowe has become a tireless advocate for cancer research and prevention.