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Elizabeth Mowins (born May 26, 1967) is a play-by-play announcer and sports journalist for ESPN and CBS. She typically calls women's college sports, and became only the second woman to call nationally televised college football games for ESPN in 2005.[1] Mowins was paired with Cat Whitehill on ESPN's tertiary broadcast team for the telecasts of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.[2]

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Elizabeth Mowins

(1967-05-26) May 26, 1967 (age 52)
EducationLafayette College B.A.
Syracuse University M.A.
TitlePlay-by-Play announcer and reporter for ESPN and CBS

Life and careerEdit

Mowins was born in Syracuse, New York, and was a basketball, softball and soccer player at North Syracuse High School in North Syracuse, New York. She was captain of the varsity basketball team for two seasons at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.[3] She graduated from Lafayette with a BA in 1989, and from Syracuse University with a master's degree.[4]

Mowins began her career in 1991 as news and sports director for WXHC-FM Radio in Homer, New York, and is one of the 2009 inductees into the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame.[5]

As of 2012, Mowins lived in Saginaw, Michigan.[3]

In May 2017, Mowins was reported by Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch to be the chosen play-by-play announcer on ESPN's Monday Night Football opening week late broadcast between the Los Angeles Chargers and Denver Broncos.[6] She did that announcing job in September of that year, and thus became the first woman to call a nationally-televised NFL game.[7] That also made her only the second female play-by-play announcer in NFL regular season history; Gayle Sierens was a play-by-play announcer for a game of the NFL regular season in 1987 for NBC Sports.

Mowins also became the first female play-by-play announcer for the NFL on CBS in its 58-year history when she called the 2017 season's Cleveland BrownsIndianapolis Colts matchup with Jay Feely.[8]

In addition that same year, Mowins called both the Denver Broncos' season opener and season finale at the same stadium, but on different TV networks (ESPN for the season opener vs. the Los Angeles Chargers, CBS for the season finale vs. the Kansas City Chiefs).

On September 10, 2018 Mowins returned to the NFL booth to call the Jets vs. Lions game on Monday Night Football at Ford Field In Detroit.

She also calls NCAA Softball on ESPN, serving as one of the main announcers for regular season triple headers on ESPN 2 on Saturdays, as well as the NCAA D1 Softball Tournament & Little League Softball Tournament.


  1. ^ Hiestand, Michael (2005-08-24). "Mowins gets call to do college football play-by-play". USA Today. Retrieved 2010-03-31.
  2. ^ Brethertont, William (June 24, 2011). "Beat's Whitehill to work as ESPN commentator". The Marietta (GA) Daily Journal. Archived from the original on November 5, 2013. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |periodical= (help)
  3. ^ a b Nelson, Tracy (2005-10-19). "Working Her Way Into The Game". College Sports Television. Retrieved 2010-03-31.
  4. ^ "Beth Mowins, Play-by-Play Announcer". ESPN MediaZone.
  5. ^ "Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame announces 2009 inductees". The Post-Standard. Syracuse, New York. 2009-06-30.
  6. ^ Deitsch, Richard (2017-05-14). "Media Circus: Beth Mowins to call Sept. 11 Monday Night Football late game". Sports Illustrated.
  7. ^ "History Is Made As Beth Mowins Calls Broncos Game « CBS Denver". Retrieved 2017-09-12.
  8. ^ Williams, Charean (2017-08-15). "CBS announces Beth Mowins to call Browns-Colts game". ProFootballTalk. Retrieved 2017-08-15.

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