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Jenny Taft (born September 5, 1987) is an American sports television personality, serving as the moderator on Fox Sports 1's Skip and Shannon: Undisputed. Taft additionally works as a lead college football sideline reporter on Fox Sports 1 (FS1) broadcasts. Her broadcasting career began with the Fox Sports North (FSN) regional affiliate. Taft is also a pit reporter for Battlebots on the Discovery channel.

Jenny Taft
Born (1987-09-05) September 5, 1987 (age 32)
EducationBoston University
OccupationSports television personality
Sideline reporter
Notable credit(s)
Skip and Shannon: Undisputed
Spouse(s)
Matt Gilroy (m. 2015)

Early yearsEdit

Jenny Taft was born on September 5, 1987 in Edina, Minnesota.[1][2] She attended Edina High School.[3] Taft then attended Boston University, where she played lacrosse.[4] She majored in Broadcast Journalism and graduated with a bachelor's degree in 2010.[3]

Broadcasting careerEdit

Fox Sports NorthEdit

Taft's broadcasting career began with Fox Sports in 2011.[5] This early period of her career saw her fill a "Fox Sports Girl" role,[6] as she served as a Fox Sports North sideline reporter for the Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA.[7][8] During her time as an FSN Girl, she was also a social media contributor for Minnesota's Timberwolves, Twins, and Wild sports teams, as well as an in-stadium/arena host at Twins and Wild games.[8]

Fox Sports 1Edit

In August 2013, she was promoted to join FS1's news and highlights update team.[7] She served as a track reporter for a 2013 Supercross event, which was her debut assignment at FS1.[9] She also served as a reporter for the U.S. women's national soccer team at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.[6][9]

Taft got her start in college football reporting in 2014, as part of FS1's game coverage.[9] In 2017, Taft was elevated to lead college football sideline reporter, alongside play-by-play commentator Gus Johnson and analyst Joel Klatt.[10][11] Her role at FS1 expanded considerably, as she has additionally covered the NFL, MLB, and the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.[5]

In 2018, she served as a fill-in host and moderator on various FS1 programs.[9] That summer, it was announced that Taft would be succeeding Joy Taylor as the moderator of Skip and Shannon: Undisputed, hosted by Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe.[5][12] Shortly after, on September 5, FS1 debuted CFB: Inside Slant, a weekly college football show hosted by Taft.[12] Although taking on these new positions at FS1, she retained her college football sideline reporting duties for the 2018 season.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Taft is the daughter of John Taft, a former professional ice hockey defenseman and member of the United States men's national ice hockey team at the 1976 Winter Olympics.[13] In 2015, Taft married Matt Gilroy, also an ice hockey defenseman.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Michael Kosta (September 7, 2017). "Worst Birthday 103, Jenny Taft, September 5th". Worst Birthday (Podcast). Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  2. ^ McGuire, Mary (March 2012). "Edina's Fox Sports North Girls". Edina. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Griggs, Halley Quillinan (September 23, 2014). "Where Are They Now? Boston University's Jenny Taft". Inside Lacrosse. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  4. ^ Fee, Gayle; Vanni, Olivia (August 19, 2013). "The Lowdown: Fox Sports 1, Jenny Taft, Regis Philbin and more…". Boston Herald. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c Maaglio, Tony; Maas, Jennifer (June 7, 2018). "Joy Taylor Leaves FS1's 'Skip and Shannon' for 'The Herd'; Jenny Taft Named New 'Undisputed' Moderator". TheWrap. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Sunday Q&A: FSN alum Jenny Taft is working World Cup". Star Tribune. June 6, 2015. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  7. ^ a b Justin, Neal (August 29, 2013). "Lynx reporter gets big promotion". Star Tribune. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Jenny Taft to join FOX Sports Live’s news update team". Fox Sports North. Fox Sports. August 28, 2013. Retrieved February 4, 2019. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)
  9. ^ a b c d "Jenny Taft | Fox Sports PressPass". Fox Sports PressPass. Fox Sports. Retrieved February 4, 2019. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)
  10. ^ Pryor, Brooke (November 11, 2017). "Q&A with Fox sideline reporter Jenny Taft". NewsOK. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  11. ^ McCarthy, Michael (June 7, 2018). "FS1 is bringing in Jenny Taft to moderate Skip Bayless, Shannon Sharpe on 'Undisputed'". Sporting News. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  12. ^ a b c Koster, Kyle (August 31, 2018). "Jenny Taft to Host Weekly College Football Show on FS1". The Big Lead. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  13. ^ a b Allen, Matt (November 11, 2017). "Matt Gilroy, thriving in the KHL, now expected to become go-to player for U.S. Olympic team". USA Today. Retrieved February 4, 2019.