Laura Rutledge

Laura Rutledge (née McKeeman; born October 2, 1988) is a reporter and host for CNN International, ESPN, and the SEC Network. She is an American beauty pageant titleholder from St. Petersburg, Florida, who was named Miss Florida 2012.[1]

Laura Rutledge
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Rutledge in January 2018
Laura McKeeman

(1988-10-02) October 2, 1988 (age 31)
Alma materUniversity of Florida
Years active2012–present
TitleMiss Florida 2012
m. 2013)
Beauty pageant titleholder
Miss America 2013


She won the title of Miss Florida on July 7, 2012, when she received her crown from outgoing titleholder Kristina Janolo. Her competition talent was ballet.[2] Rutledge is a graduate of the University of Florida, having majored in broadcast journalism.[3][4] She is currently working for ESPN and is featured in multiple shows, including the SEC Network's college football pre-game show, “SEC Nation”.

Sports journalistEdit

Rutledge worked for Fox Sports as a sideline reporter, previously covering Fox broadcasts of Tampa Bay Rays games[5] and then San Diego Padres games. She also provided on-field reporting for the Fox College Sports coverage of the NCPA's 2012 National Paintball Championship at Lakeland, Florida. She joined ESPN and the SEC Network in summer 2014.[6]

In 2014, Rutledge hosted the Coors Light PostGame show on Fox College Football and hosted halftime programming for FSN college football games.

Rutledge also hosted "Chargers Insider" for the San Diego Chargers in 2013 and "SD Live." She is the producer and host of SDLive, an original show she started at Fox Sports San Diego.

Personal lifeEdit

She married Josh Rutledge, a professional baseball player, in 2013. She attended Celebration High School in Celebration, Florida. They reside in Birmingham, Alabama. On October 2, 2019, Rutledge gave birth to a daughter, Reese Katherine Rutledge.


  1. ^ "Rays sideline reporter wins Miss Florida pageant". The Suncoast News. Tampa, FL: Tampa Media Group. July 9, 2012. Archived from the original on February 3, 2013. Retrieved December 12, 2012.
  2. ^ Sowers, Lloyd (October 2, 2012). "Ballet, baseball, and beauty: Meet Laura McKeeman". Tampa, FL: WTVT. Archived from the original on January 2, 2015. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  3. ^ "Laura McKeeman". Fort Lauderdale, FL: Fox Sports Florida. February 18, 2011. Retrieved December 12, 2012.
  4. ^ DeGregory, Lane (July 20, 2012). "New Miss Florida Laura McKeeman hopes to blaze trails for women in sports broadcast". Tampa Bay Times. Tampa, FL: Times Publishing Company. Retrieved December 12, 2012.
  5. ^ "Rays sideline reporter McKeeman wins Miss Florida pageant". The Tampa Tribune. Tampa, FL: Tampa Media Group. July 8, 2012. Retrieved December 12, 2012.
  6. ^ Dodson, Chris (July 31, 2014). "ESPN's College Football Commentator Pairings Announced". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 2, 2015.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Kristina Janolo
Miss Florida
Succeeded by
Myrrhanda Jones