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Alexandra Leigh LaForce (born December 11, 1988) is an American journalist, model, and beauty pageant titleholder. She currently is a reporter for Turner Sports, covering the NBA on TNT. She was previously the lead reporter for SEC college football games, a court side reporter for college basketball games as well as host of We Need to Talk on the CBS Sports Network. LaForce also worked as a broadcast sports anchor and reporter for the Cleveland, Ohio, FOX affiliate WJW. She won a 2011 Emmy award for anchoring FOX 8's Friday Night Touchdown high school football show. She was Miss Teen USA in 2005, and she played college basketball at Ohio University.[1]

Allie LaForce
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LaForce in 2017
Born
Alexandra Leigh LaForce

(1988-12-11) December 11, 1988 (age 30)
Vermilion, Ohio, United States
EducationOhio University
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
TitleMiss Ohio Teen USA 2005
Miss Teen USA 2005
Spouse(s)
Joe Smith (m. 2015)
Beauty pageant titleholder
Hair colorBlonde
Eye colorGreen
Major
competition(s)
Miss Teen USA 2005 (winner)

Early life and educationEdit

LaForce is from Vermilion, Ohio. LaForce attended Ohio University and played in five games her freshman year[2] under head coach Semeka Randall as a guard on the Bobcats' women's basketball team. LaForce majored in broadcast journalism.

CareerEdit

PageantryEdit

LaForce began her career in pageantry after winning the Miss Ohio Teen USA 2005 title in September 2004, in her first attempt at the title. She went on to represent Ohio in the Miss Teen USA 2005 pageant held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on August 8, 2005. LaForce competed in the evening gown, swimsuit and final interview competitions, and was crowned Miss Teen USA 2005.[3] Her mother Lesa LaForce (née Rummell) was Miss Ohio USA 1977.[4]

Her winnings included a one-year modeling contract with Trump Modeling Management and a scholarship to the School for Film and Television in New York City. It also earned her a guest appearance in the NBC soap opera Passions. LaForce made appearances throughout the United States, promoting causes such as drug and alcohol awareness, as well as continuing to attend high school in Ohio.[5]

SportscastingEdit

She worked as a sideline reporter for Sportstime Ohio during the 2010 Mid-American Conference's football season and the 2011 MAC men's basketball tournament, as well as the 2011 OHSAA basketball championships.[6] After college, LaForce signed with the Cleveland Fox affiliate, WJW channel 8, to be a sports anchor and reporter.[7]

In April 2014, it was announced that LaForce would replace Tracy Wolfson as the sideline reporter for the SEC on CBS.

LaForce worked as a sideline reporter for NBA TV during the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

In June 2018, it was reported that LaForce would be leaving CBS Sports after the two sides could not come to terms on a new deal.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

LaForce is married to MLB relief pitcher Joe Smith.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "CBS Press Express". cbspressexpress.com. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Allie LaForce Bio". ohiobobcats.com. Archived from the original on 2016-06-30. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Ohio teen crowned Miss Teen USA". Associated Press. 2005-08-08.
  4. ^ "Correction: Miss Teen USA story". Associated Press. 2005-08-09.
  5. ^ "Miss Teen USA will focus on drugs, alcohol awareness". Deseret Morning News. 2005-08-10.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2011-03-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Vermilion's Allie LaForce nets sports job at Fox 8". morningjournal.com. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  8. ^ http://awfulannouncing.com/cbs/allie-laforce-reportedly-leaving-cbs-jamie-erdahl-elevated-on-college-football-coverage.html
  9. ^ Dwyre, Bill. "Angels' Joe Smith is not nearly as common as his name". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 21, 2015.

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