Beadle and co-host Colin Cowherd on location for Veteran's Day at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Washington, D.C.
Living, Loving, Talking Sports
Michelle Beadle ’02 still
giggles about her job at ESPN. On a
recent Tuesday, she looked around
the Bristol, Conn., newsroom and
realized she was sitting next to
three Harlem Globetrotters.
“It’s so weird,” she said quietly
into the phone as she sized up the
7-foot-8-inch Tiny Sturgess, recently
named the tallest professional
basketball player in the world.
“There are days when you will be
sitting by your computer and someone
famous will walk by. Or Arnold
Palmer will be sitting in the cafeteria.
It’s like a weird Disney World
for sports fans. It’s kinda fun.”
This life-long sports fan, who
once cried as a teen when her beloved
Spurs lost to Portland, has
worked as a co-host at the network’s SportsNation since 2009.
She is also the co-host of Winners
Bracket, part of the new ESPN
Sports Saturday on ABC.
She still can’t believe her luck.
“I am always knocking on
wood,” she said. “For me it was
just a spur-of-the-moment career
decision that I threw myself in as
quickly as I could and I had some
really good opportunities that led
me here. It’s hard and you audition
your butt off and you hear ‘no way’
more often than you hear ‘yes.’ But
for me it has been really fun.”
After graduating from high
school, Beadle attended the University
of Texas at Austin. Just a
few courses shy of graduating, she
left school to do odd jobs across
the continent. For a while she lived
in Pensacola, Fla. Then she traveled
to Canada to help breed Great
Danes. She waited lots of tables
along the way.
Three years later she returned
home and decided to finish her
communications degree at UTSA.
“I had no idea what I wanted to
do,” she said. “The TV thing wasn’t
even something I had ever thought
about. I wasn’t outgoing in school. I
was kind of quiet and sarcastic. So
I think a lot of people that I went
to high school with find this funny,
what I’m doing now.”
An internship with the San Antonio
Spurs gave Beadle her first
experience in front of the camera.
It didn’t go well.
“When I tell you it was horrible,
I’m not even doing it justice,”
she said. “I looked like someone
who didn’t even know her name
She took a cameraman’s advice
to heart and it’s served her well
ever since: relax and be yourself.
The internship led to sideline reporting
for local channels then
eventually Fox Sports Net.
“And that was it,” she said. “I
was like, this is an awesome, fun
way to make a living.”
The girl from the ’burbs who
had never even been to a rodeo
started reporting on professional
bull riding for TNN, now known as
Spike TV. She had other jobs along
the way, including stints with Animal
Planet, Travel Channel, Major
League Baseball and the NFL. But
it was her job with College Sports
Television, now called CBS College
Sports, that finally took her to
New York City, the place that she’d
dreamed of calling home for years
Since then, Beadle has worked
for the YES Network, the New Jersey
Nets and People Magazine and
has been a Red Carpet reporter
for the Golden Globes, Grammy
Awards, SAG Awards and the Tony
Awards. She has appeared on Today Show, The Early Show, Extra, Access Hollywood and Entertainment Tonight.
When she’s not chatting about
sports on national television,
Beadle likes to watch wrestling
and “girlie” shows like Gossip Girls.
She admits to getting a kick out of
the violence of mixed martial arts,
a new obsession. But there’s nothing
like getting together with her
girlfriends, ditching the sports-talk
“I really don’t live sports,” she
said, adding that much of the
appeal of covering sports are the
stories behind the stats. “I feel like
to do my job well, I can’t just know
sports. You’ve got to be a good
human. You have to know what’s