Katherine Beth Nolan is an American sports television host known as Katie Nolan, most recently serving as a commentator for Apple TV+'s Friday Night Baseball and recently created short-form content at NBC Sports. She formerly hosted a weekly ESPN podcast called Sports? With Katie Nolan, Always Late with Katie Nolan on ESPN2, and Garbage Time with Katie Nolan on Fox Sports. She won a Sports Emmy Award in 2016 for Garbage Time and was nominated for another in 2019 and 2020 for Always Late.[1][2]

Katie Nolan
Katherine Beth Nolan

Alma materHofstra University
Occupation(s)Television host, Podcaster, Comedian, Internet personality
Years active2011–present
Notable credit(s)Crowd Goes Wild
No Filter with Katie Nolan
Touchdown in Israel
Garbage Time with Katie Nolan
NFL Films Presents
The Garbage Time Podcast with Katie Nolan
SportsCenter on Snapchat
Always Late w/ Katie Nolan
Sports with Katie Nolan podcast

Early lifeEdit

Nolan was raised in Framingham, Massachusetts.[3] In 1997, at age 10, Nolan won the gold medal in rhythmic gymnastics at the Junior Olympics.[4] She graduated from Framingham High School in 2005,[5][6] and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations with a minor in Dance from Hofstra University in 2009.[7][8]


In 2011, while bartending in Boston at the White Horse Tavern, Nolan started a blog called Bitches Can't Hang, which focused on pop culture and news.[9] At that time, Nolan also began working with Guyism, part of the Fox Sports Yardbarker network, where she produced and hosted the YouTube series Guyism Speed Round. In her videos, she delivered a monologue of comedic and sarcastic one-liners in the style of Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update.[4] In an interview with GQ in 2018, Nolan expressed regret for how Bitches Can't Hang and her "being mean about women" jump-started her career.[4]

Fox SportsEdit

In August 2013, Nolan joined Fox Sports 1 as a digital correspondent for Crowd Goes Wild, a sports/entertainment talk show hosted by Regis Philbin.[10][11] Nolan also hosted the FoxSports.com web series No Filter with Katie Nolan. A September 2014 video featuring commentary on the Ray Rice domestic violence incident was picked up by The New York Times[12] and received praise in multiple media outlets.[13][14][15] Nolan appeared as a panelist on a January 2015 episode of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.[16]

Nolan was formerly the host of the weekly Fox Sports 1 show Garbage Time with Katie Nolan, which premiered on March 15, 2015.[17] Deadspin praised Nolan's April 12, 2015, piece, criticizing the blog posting called "How to land a husband at the Masters", which appeared on a fellow Fox reporter's blog.[18] Garbage Time won a Sports Emmy for 'Outstanding Social TV Experience' on May 10, 2016.[19]

In September 2016, Nolan began hosting NFL Films Presents, airing on Fox Sports 1. NFL and Fox Sports 1 made a joint decision to choose Nolan as the new host.[20]

On February 23, 2017, it was announced that Garbage Time would either be retooled from its current format, or Fox Sports would find a new hosting vehicle for Nolan.[21] After seven months without a show, Nolan left Fox Sports in September 2017.[22]


On October 4, 2017, ESPN announced the hiring of Nolan, who will appear across ESPN studio programming and have a digital presence.[23] She made her debut as a guest panelist on ESPN's Highly Questionable on October 19, 2017; she has since guest-hosted that show several times, and appeared on the sister radio show The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz.[24] She has said she likes going on Highly Questionable.[25]

In early November 2017, it was announced that Nolan would be doing a podcast with ESPN beginning in January in addition to a digital show later.[26] In November, she began as one of the hosts of SportsCenter on Snapchat.[27]

In 2018, Nolan began hosting a weekly ESPN podcast, Sports? with Katie Nolan and in 2020 was shifted into a biweekly show.[28] In September 2018, her ESPN+ series Always Late with Katie Nolan launched; a 'best of the year' episode aired on the main ABC network on December 30, 2018.[4][29][30] In 2019, the show moved to ESPN2 and the ESPN app, with Nolan citing that she and her staff could post more show clips to social media, as being confined to ESPN+ restricted the amount of the program which could be posted to free venues.[31]

Always Late was canceled in 2020.[32] On September 29, 2021, Nolan announced her departure from ESPN.[33]

Other workEdit

In December 2015, Nolan teamed up with United Airlines for a new web-based series of videos titled "Big Metal Bird",[34] which explains some of the inner workings of various facets of United Airlines. The premiere episode debuted on December 15, 2015 and explained how United's baggage handling system operates. Future episodes are intended to address customer feedback that United has received.[35]

Nolan has appeared in three episodes of the Comedy Central program Drunk History. On October 18, 2016, she narrated the story of Theodore Roosevelt's campaign for rule changes in football due to the violence of the game in the early 1900s. On February 13, 2018, she narrated the story of feminist icon Gloria Steinem.[36] On January 30, 2019, she talked about the Black Sox Scandal involving the fixing of the 1919 World Series.[37]

Nolan is also the former Guinness World Record holder for most donuts stacked in a tower while blindfolded (seven), doing so on the November 7, 2018 episode of Always Late.[38]

She joined NBC Olympics in time for the 2022 Winter Olympics, which began on February 3, 2022.[39]

Nolan joined the broadcast team for Apple TV's Friday Night Baseball starting in April 2022 in a one season experiment.


  1. ^ "Katie Nolan Won a Sports Emmy". The Big Lead. May 11, 2016. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  2. ^ "40th Annual Sports Emmy Nominations Announced – The Emmys". emmyonline.tv. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  3. ^ "Katie Nolan". ESPN Press Room. Archived from the original on April 24, 2020. Retrieved January 28, 2022.
  4. ^ a b c d Skipper, Clay (October 29, 2018). "Katie Nolan Is Ready to Put It All Out There". GQ. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  5. ^ "Katie Nolan: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Heavy.com. February 26, 2015. Retrieved December 10, 2015.
  6. ^ Best, Neil (March 5, 2015). "Q&A with Katie Nolan, host of 'Garbage Time' on Fox Sports 1". Newsday. Retrieved December 10, 2015.
  7. ^ Finn, Chad (January 27, 2016). "Fearless Katie Nolan speaks hard truths about sports on 'Garbage Time'". The Boston Globe. Retrieved February 4, 2020.
  8. ^ Samuel, Neena (September 4, 2013). "Comm Alum's Star Rises with New National Cable Show". News@Hofstra. Hofstra University. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  9. ^ Dickey, Jack. "Katie Nolan on bartending, Regis and "tweeter" and one-upping Bumgarner". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 23, 2022.
  10. ^ Cardillo, Mike (March 6, 2014). "Katie Nolan Talks Slamming Rick Reilly, Teaching Regis How to Use the Internet and Why She Doesn't Have a Wikipedia Page". The Big Lead (USA Today). Retrieved February 24, 2015.
  11. ^ Lowry, Brian (August 19, 2013). "TV Review: 'Fox Sports 1's Crowd Goes Wild'". Variety. Retrieved February 24, 2015.
  12. ^ Mahler, Jonathan (September 21, 2014). "In Coverage of N.F.L. Scandals, Female Voices Puncture the Din". The New York Times. Retrieved February 24, 2015.
  13. ^ Maine, D'Arcy (September 11, 2014). "Standing Ovation For Katie Nolan's Stance On Ray Rice Situation". ESPNW. Retrieved February 24, 2015.
  14. ^ McKeever, Mare (September 11, 2014). "Fox Sports' Katie Nolan on why not to boycott NFL because of Ray Rice". Philly.com. Retrieved February 24, 2015.
  15. ^ Bailey, Alyssa (September 11, 2014). "Fox Anchorwoman Accuses Sports Media of Sexism". Elle. Retrieved February 24, 2015.
  16. ^ "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore: Season 1, Episode 8". IMDb. Retrieved February 24, 2015.[unreliable source?]
  17. ^ Dougherty, Pete (February 18, 2015). "FS1 creates show for Nolan, hires Balboni from ESPN". The Times Union. Retrieved February 24, 2015.
  18. ^ Burke, Timothy (April 13, 2015). "Katie Nolan Devastates Co-Worker's Horrible Blog On Garbage Time". Deadspin.com. Retrieved December 21, 2016.
  19. ^ @sportsemmys (May 10, 2016). "Katie Nolan Wins Sports Emmy" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  20. ^ Koo, Ben (September 8, 2016). "Katie Nolan is the New Host of NFL Films Presents, so why isn't Fox Promoting it?". AwfulAnnouncing.com. Retrieved December 21, 2016.
  21. ^ McCarthy, Michael (February 23, 2017). "FS1 has plans for 'five times as much Katie Nolan'". Sporting News. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  22. ^ Tornoe, Rob (October 4, 2017). "It's been a bad 24 hours for Fox Sports". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  23. ^ Bonesteel, Matt (October 4, 2017). "To the surprise of no one, ESPN is hiring Katie Nolan". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  24. ^ Joseph, Andrew (October 19, 2017). "Katie Nolan started her ESPN career by reminding everyone that she's from Boston". USA Today. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  25. ^ "ESPN's Katie Nolan". Sports Illustrated Media Podcast. Sports Illustrated. November 26, 2019. Retrieved November 27, 2019.
  26. ^ Morona, Joey (November 8, 2017). "Katie Nolan getting her own podcast, digital show on ESPN". The Plain Dealer. Cleveland, Ohio. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  27. ^ Fang, Ken (November 15, 2017). "What does ESPN hope to accomplish with SportsCenter on Snapchat?". Awful Announcing. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  28. ^ "Sports? with Katie Nolan Show - PodCenter - ESPN Radio". ESPN Radio. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  29. ^ Lucia, Joe (May 2, 2018). "New ESPN digital shows include Katie Nolan late night show, daily SportsCenter series in ESPN app". Awful Announcing. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  30. ^ Always Late with Katie Nolan "Season 1, Episode 1, aired on September 5, 2018" at IMDb
  31. ^ Traina, Jimmy [@JimmyTraina] (November 29, 2019). "SI MEDIA PODCAST w Katie Nolan. Topics: - 'Always Late with Katie Nolan' moving from digital to TV - Doing comedy vs. doing monologues - Issues w people who cover sports media - RedZone is porn - Why she loves soccer - Wanting to become a wrestling fan" (Tweet). Retrieved December 2, 2019 – via Twitter.
  32. ^ Rigdon, Jay (July 6, 2021). "Katie Nolan confirms Always Late was canceled last year". Awful Announcing. Retrieved February 3, 2022.
  33. ^ Jacobs, Melissa (September 30, 2021). "ESPN should have built around the brilliant Katie Nolan. Her exit is their loss". The Guardian. Retrieved September 30, 2021.
  34. ^ "Big Metal Bird". United Airlines.
  35. ^ "Introducing Big Metal Bird". www.flyertalk.com. December 15, 2015. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  36. ^ Chen, Joyce (February 13, 2018). "'Drunk History': Abbi Jacobson Plays Gloria Steinem, Undercover Playboy Bunny". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 3, 2020.
  37. ^ Swartz, Tracy (January 28, 2019). "'Drunk History' puts a unique spin on the 1919 Black Sox scandal". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 3, 2020.
  38. ^ Admin (2018-11-08). Katie Nolan stacks doughnuts blindfolded for Guinness World Record | Always Late with Katie Nolan. Originally retrieved from https://newsdaily.today/katie-nolan-stacks-doughnuts-blindfolded-for-guinness-world-record-always-late-with-katie-nolan-8/. Archived on 2018-11-21 at https://web.archive.org/web/20181121072843/tps://newsdaily.today/katie-nolan-stacks-doughnuts-blindfolded-for-guinness-world-record-always-late-with-katie-nolan-8/.
  39. ^ "KATIE NOLAN JOINS NBC OLYMPICS TEAM FOR 2022 WINTER GAMES". NBC Sports Pressbox. February 3, 2022. Retrieved February 3, 2022.

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