Erin Andrews is considered one of ESPN’s sexiest sportscasters. The tall, blonde-haired beauty made headlines in 2009 when videos recorded by a peeping Tom were leaked onto the internet. Despite the unfortunate series of events, Andrews bounced back both personally and professionally. In 2010 she participated in Season 10 of “Dancing with the Stars”.
Erin Jill Andrews was born in Lewiston, Maine on May 4th, 1978. Her parents, Steve and Paula Andrews, had another daughter, Kendra, whom was their youngest. The family eventually moved to Tampa so that her father could begin working for WFLA-TV. As an investigative journalist, Erin’s dad was a six-time Emmy Award winner who had also taken home a medal from The Investigative Reporters and Editors Association in 1990. The latter was the nation’s most coveted award for investigative journalism at the time.
After attending Bloomingdale High School, Erin Andrews was a student at the University of Florida where she’d get her degree in Telecommunications in 2000. According to ESPN MediaZone’s biography , Erin, while there, was a part of the Gator basketball dance team (1997-2000). Upon graduating in 2001 she began her career as a freelance reporter with FSN Florida. Shortly afterwards she moved into the position of a Tampa Bay Lightning reporter, where she’d stay from 2001-2002. Andrews then joined Turner Sports, where she covered the Atlanta Braves and college football for TBS and Atlanta’s NHL and NBA teams for Turner Sports South.
Erin Andrews joined ESPN in May of 2004 when she was hired to report on their NHL coverage. It was in fall of this year that Andrews’ star really began to rise. After being assigned as a sideline reporter for ESPN’s College Football Saturdays, the young and attractive Erin had no problem connecting with the college crowd. In 2005 she took on reporting for the ESPN College Football Thursday Primetime series. She was also assigned to Major League Baseball. In 2009 Erin could be seen broadcasting during the season-long Monday Night Baseball telecast.
Over the past few years Erin Andrews has made the headlines for a few things outside of sports reporting. She was named “America’s Sexiest Sportscaster” by Playboy Magazine in both 2007 and 2008. The next year wouldn’t be so good for Erin, who became the victim of a peeping Tom who had secretly recorded her through hotel room peepholes. In July of 2009 ABC News reported that the ten video clips taken of Andrews made their way online, setting off millions of searches and forcing the 32-year-old to take a hiatus from reporting. The scandal deeply upset Andrews, who had to go underground to escape the efforts of the paparazzi. Her stalker, a 49-year-old insurance Executive from Illinois, was ordered to spend 30 months in prison. Immediately following the sentencing Erin Andrews insisted on harsher penalties for convicted stalkers. (ABC News)
Despite the stressful incident of 2009, Erin Andrews bounced back quickly. She became a contestant on Season 10 of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”, and a rumored romance with partner Maksim Chmerkovsky ensued. A writer for the New York Daily News praised Andrews’ inspiring performances, writing, ” A lot of women might hide under the bed. She’s rolling around on it” (Joanna Molloy, NYDailyNews.com). The reference comes from Erin and Maks having used a bed as a stage prop during one of their slower numbers. Although they didn’t win the competition, the duo placed third overall, and the experience was said to of helped Andrews tremendously. Not only did she connect with her partner, but she gained praise from the judges for putting herself out there and continually improving her dance skills. Of her experience on the show, Andrews told Fanhouse.com: “I don’t think I realized what I had really been through in the past year, and just to kind of overcome some fears and some confidence issues, it was just so big for me.”
Erin Andrews continues to work as an ESPN College Sports reporter. Following her successful run on “Dancing with the Stars”, Andrews’ career received a boost as a result of her now widespread recognition. She reportedly received contract offers from other networks, but ultimately opted to sign a new multi-year deal with ESPN/ABC where she now serves as a correspondent for “Good Morning America.” With her celebrity status solidified and other doors opened, Erin Andrews said that she feels compelled to give back. That feeling has led her to team up with NFL great Joe Montana as a face for Kraft’s Huddle to Fight Hunger campaign. USA Today revealed that the goal of the project is to provide 20 million free meals to needy Americans. By registering at the Kraft website, each user is able to generate one free meal. “With everything that’s happened with me, and my name, and kind of being in the spotlight now, I’ve realized how important it is to be an advocate,” Andrews says. “You have a name, you just need to use it.”