Erin Andrews

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Erin Andrews
Erin Andrews 2012 Shankbone.JPG
Andrews at the 2012 premiere of What to Expect When You're Expecting
BornErin Jill Andrews
(1978-05-04) May 4, 1978 (age 35)
Lewiston, Maine, US
EducationUniversity of Florida (BA)
OccupationSportscaster, journalist
Years active2000–present
Notable credit(s)
 
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Erin Andrews
Erin Andrews 2012 Shankbone.JPG
Andrews at the 2012 premiere of What to Expect When You're Expecting
BornErin Jill Andrews
(1978-05-04) May 4, 1978 (age 35)
Lewiston, Maine, US
EducationUniversity of Florida (BA)
OccupationSportscaster, journalist
Years active2000–present
Notable credit(s)

Erin Jill Andrews[1] (born May 4, 1978) is an American sportscaster, journalist, and television personality. She currently hosts FOX College Football for Fox Sports, as well as Dancing with the Stars for ABC.[2][3] Andrews was previously a co-host of College GameDay on ESPN and a contributor for Good Morning America on the ABC network.[4][5]

Early life and family[edit]

Andrews was born in Lewiston, Maine, to Paula Andrews, a teacher, and Steven Andrews, a TV journalist.[6][7] She moved to Tampa, Florida, as a young girl when her father, a six-time Emmy Award–winner, began working as an investigative reporter for WFLA-TV.[8]

Andrews attended Bloomingdale High School in Valrico, Florida, where she was a member of the dance team, student government, and the National Honor Society.[7] Following her graduation from high school in 1996, Andrews attended the University of Florida, graduating in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Telecommunications.[4] While in college she was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority,[9] and the Florida Gators Dazzlers dance team from 1997 to 2000.[4] She has a younger sister, Kendra Andrews, who is a professional dancer and actress.[10]

Career[edit]

Early work (2000–2004)[edit]

In 2000 Andrews was employed by Fox Sports Florida as a freelance reporter. In 2001–2002 she served as a Tampa Bay Lightning reporter for the Sunshine Network. From 2002–2004, Andrews covered the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Thrashers, and Atlanta Hawks for the Turner South network as a studio host and reporter.[4]

ESPN (2004–2012)[edit]

Andrews at a 2010 college football game

Andrews began working for ESPN in May 2004 as a reporter for ESPN National Hockey Night. She has also reported for the College World Series, Little League World Series, and Great Outdoor Games. Andrews began serving as a sideline reporter for ESPN College Football Saturday Primetime and Big Ten college basketball games, and in 2005 her job expanded to include ESPN College Football Thursday Primetime and Major League Baseball sideline reporting. From 2008 to 2010, she reported for ESPN’s and ABC’s live coverage of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.[4]

Andrews has been a guest on several talk shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.[citation needed]

In 2010, Andrews appeared on the tenth season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars, partnered with Maksim Chmerkovskiy. They placed third out of 11 couples.[11]

On January 13, 2011, it was announced that Andrews signed an endorsement deal with Reebok to promote its ZigTech brand.[12] Two weeks prior, as a sideline reporter during the 2011 Rose Bowl, Andrews noted that Texas Christian University Horned Frogs football players were slipping on the turf because of the new Nike shoes they were wearing. Due to the conflict of interest, ESPN announced revised endorsement guidelines for its journalists that required Andrews to end her endorsement deal with Reebok by the end of 2011.[13]

Andrews hosted the first hour of ESPN's College GameDay on ESPNU, and had been a Good Morning America correspondent on ABC since 2010, though she had not appeared on the show since covering the Oscars in February 2011.[5] She left ESPN in June 2012.

FOX Sports (2012–present)[edit]

Andrews reporting for Fox Sports on the deck of the USS Midway (CV-41), November 2012

On June 29, 2012, it was announced that Andrews was leaving ESPN to join Fox Sports. She was the first host of Fox College Football's studio show with Eddie George and Joey Harrington joining her as analysts. Andrews is also a contributor on Fox NFL Sunday and serves as a field reporter for most major sporting events aired on Fox - such as the MLB All-Star Game, the World Series, the NFL Playoffs, and Daytona 500.[14]

With the launch of Fox Sports 1 on August 17, 2013, Andrews took on several new roles. She became the host of Fox College Football Kickoff and Fox College Saturday, a direct competitor to ESPN College Gameday, which previews the weekend's biggest college football games. Erin Andrews would also contribute to daily studio show Fox Football Daily.

Andrews' performance has been criticized since she joined Fox Sports' MLB coverage in 2012. For example,[15] Andrews during postseason trophy presentations, has been accused of showing an extreme lack of knowledge by reading off notes. During the trophy presentation at the end of the 2013 American League Championship Series, Andrews misidentified former Anaheim Angels owner and honorary American League president Jackie Autry as her late husband Gene.

On February 23, 2014, it was announced that Andrews would replace Brooke Burke-Charvet as the co-host of Dancing with the Stars beginning with its 18th season.[16]

Charitable work[edit]

Andrews became a spokesperson for the Kraft Foods Huddle to Fight Hunger campaign in 2010 which aimed to raise $2.86 million for Feeding America.[17] In May 2011 she co-hosted the Music Builds: CMT Disaster Relief Concert on the CMT network to raise money for the American Red Cross in response to the April 27 tornadoes in the Southern United States.[18] In September 2011 Andrews partnered with StubHub to support the Girls Night Out initiative, a program to encourage women to attend more sporting events. A portion of ticket revenues generated through the program goes to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, a support organization for survivors of deceased military personnel.[19]

Stalking incident[edit]

In 2008, Michael David Barrett, 46, filmed Andrews in her hotel room through peepholes at the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and the Radisson Airport Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. On July 16, 2009, one of these videos, in which Andrews appeared totally nude, was posted online and quickly went viral.[20] Barrett was arrested on October 2, 2009, by the FBI for interstate stalking, and pleaded guilty to the charges on December 15, 2009. A second tape of Andrews was discovered on Barrett's computer by authorities in which she is nude in her room at the Radisson Airport Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This tape was never made public.[21][22] On March 15, 2010, Barrett was sentenced to 30 months in prison, three years of probation, $5,000 in fines, and $7,366 in restitution.[23] He served his sentence at the Seattle Community Corrections and was released on July 3, 2012.[24]

Andrews has sued Barrett, Marriott International, Radisson Hotels, and five other entities for negligence and invasion of privacy in connection with the secret videotaping.[25] In her lawsuit against Marriott, Andrews alleged that hotel employees gave Barrett the dates she would be at a hotel and a room next to hers.[26] In 2011 Andrews worked with U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, to enact a new federal anti-stalking law.[27] As of July 2011 Andrews still was trying to get the video removed from the internet.[28]

In March 2013, Andrews' lawyers filed a motion in Los Angeles Superior Court seeking to quash a subpoena from Marriott "seeking her payroll records, contracts, performance reviews, any disciplinary reports, as well as other employment information from her current employer, Fox."[26] The attorneys say Marriott is also seeking "physician letters, notes, annual physicals, and other related medical records" and that the request is an attempt to "harass and embarrass" Andrews.[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "#AskAndrews people at work call me EA, EA Sports..my fam calls me Miss Jill (my middle name) or Boo". Twitter. November 18, 2013. Retrieved February 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Erin Andrews rejoins FOX Sports family - College Football News | FOX Sports on MSN". Msn.foxsports.com. August 4, 2012. Retrieved October 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ "'Dancing With the Stars': Erin Andrews will replace Brooke Burke-Charvet". ew.com. February 23, 2014. Retrieved February 23, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Erin Andrews | ESPN MediaZone". Espnmediazone3.com. October 27, 2009. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Hibberd, James (July 13, 2011). "Erin Andrews signs new ESPN deal". Reuters. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Erin Andrews tells Oprah she's 'victim of a stalker'". 
  7. ^ a b "Erin Andrews: Minding Your P's & Q's And A Lot More". 
  8. ^ "From WFLA News Channel 8". WFLA.com. Retrieved June 24, 2010. 
  9. ^ Notable Zetas, zetataualpha.org, Retrieved on May 16, 2010.
  10. ^ "Erin Andrews Twitter account, Tweet dated 5/16/11 at 11:36 AM CST". 
  11. ^ Kinon, Cristina:"'Dancing with the stars' 2010: Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy tie with Nicole Scherzinger" New York Daily News, May 25, 2010
  12. ^ "Andrews will pitch Reebok ZigTech". The Boston Globe. January 13, 2011. 
  13. ^ "USA Today article". USA Today. April 13, 2011. 
  14. ^ "ESPN: Erin Andrews leaving ESPN for Fox". USA Today. June 29, 2012. Retrieved June 30, 2012. 
  15. ^ Fang, Ken (November 3, 2013). "THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY OF THE 2013 MLB PLAYOFFS ON TV". Awful Announcing. Retrieved November 3, 2013. 
  16. ^ Coughlan, Maggie (February 23, 2014). "Erin Andrews to Replace Brooke Burke-Charvet on Dancing with the Stars". People. Retrieved February 23, 2014. 
  17. ^ Elliott, Stuart (August 20, 2010). "Kraft Goes Bowl-ing to Help Feed the Country - NYTimes.com". Mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  18. ^ Bahn, Chris (September 13, 2011). "Erin Andrews, CMT Looking To Help Arkansas, Other States Impacted By Storms". ArkansasSports360.com. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  19. ^ Fisher, Eric (September 13, 2011). "StubHub Signs Erin Andrews To Promote New Girls Night Out Initiative". SportsBusiness Daily. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  20. ^ De Lollis, Barbara (July 16, 2010). "ESPN's Erin Andrews files suit against Marriott, Radisson and stalker". usatoday.com. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  21. ^ Robinson, Mike (October 3, 2009). "Michael David Barrett: Man Arrested In Erin Andrews Peeping Tom Case". Huffington Post. 
  22. ^ "Court filing: Man accused of stalking ESPN reporter to plead guilty". cnn.com. December 10, 2009. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  23. ^ "ESPN reporter Erin Andrews' stalker gets 2˝ years in prison". sports.espn.go.com. March 15, 2010. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  24. ^ "Federal Bureau of Prisons". Bop.gov. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  25. ^ USA Today, Retrieved August 3, 2010
  26. ^ a b c Molloy, Tim (March 6, 2013). "Erin Andrews accuses hotel of trying to violate her privacy: again". Yahoo! News. Reuters. Retrieved March 6, 2013. 
  27. ^ Martinez, Edecio. "Erin Andrews and Sen. Amy Klobuchar Introduce Tougher Federal Anti-Stalking Bill". CBS News. Retrieved May 14, 2011. 
  28. ^ Weir, Tom (July 13, 2011). "Stalker episode still haunts Erin Andrews". USA Today. Retrieved November 5, 2012. 

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Preceded by
Brooke Burke-Charvet
Co-Host of Dancing with the Stars
2014 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
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Preceded by
Kelly Osbourne & Louis van Amstel
Dancing with the Stars (US) third place contestant
Season 10 (Spring 2010 with Maksim Chmerkovskiy)
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