Abby Chin’s love for sports makes her come off as a genie sometimes. It almost feels as if wherever you put a group of players, some spectators, and a leather ball together, Chin is likely to show up unannounced.
There are few sports journalists that love sports the way Abby does. And this doesn’t just mean only “leather ball” sports, either. Chin has been immersed in the world of sports her entire life, first as a diehard fanatic, then as an athlete, and presently as a sports reporter.
The sportswoman has reported for networks of different sizes from a few local networks and radio stations to big brands like NBC Sports. She is mostly known as a sideline reporter for the Boston Celtics.
Abby Chin – Bio
The journalist was born Abigail Chin in 1982. The month and exact details of her birth remain unknown. It is clear from her facial appearance and her last name that Abby probably had an Asian parent, something that the sportscaster has since confirmed.
Besides the fact that her grandparents lived in Ohio and that she had two sisters, nothing else is known about her family. Growing up, Abby Chin and her sisters were sports lovers and their parents didn’t try to force them into any other mold. They let them be free to enjoy sports however they wanted. Chin and her sisters would go on to play different sports throughout their growing years.
Abby, in particular, before and during her time at Desert Vista High School, was involved in soccer, skiing, snowboarding and much more. She was also part of her school’s track & field and gymnastics team.
After high school, she attended the University of Colorado where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. Abby Chin didn’t wait until after school to start training herself for the big leagues. While at Colorado she took up the task of sideline reporter for UPN 20 Denver.
The journalism student also took on additional internships for the likes of 850 KOA, Fort Collins Coloradoan, and 760 Zone Radio.
Sometime after graduation, she got a job as a reporter for Comcast SportsNet New England (CSNNE), now known as NBC Sports Boston. In 2014, the network decided to switch up her job description. Chin then started her work as a courtside reporter for the Boston Celtics.
In 2018, the reporter made another individual milestone, reporting in her first Olympic event. She was the ski jumping reporter for NBC Sports during 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
Before her time at NBC Sports Boston, she was part of NBC Sports Northwest (formerly Comcast SportsNet Northwest). Here, she covered sporting news and events for the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA as well as PAC-12 football.
She has also been a production assistant for ESPN’s Monday Night Football, as well as a sports reporter for CBS42 in Birmingham.
Married – Husband and kids
The short answer is yes. Same as in her career, Abby Chin is having the time of her life on the home front. She is married to her longtime boyfriend, Mike Schmidt. Schmidt makes a living as a freelance, work-from-home Software Engineer.
According to a few online sources, the couple met at ESPN, in Connecticut, in 2014. And they have been together ever since. It is not clear when they tied the knot.
On Christmas Eve of 2015, Abby Chin delivered the couple’s first child, a daughter they named Mabel Schmidt. Their second child, a son, Silas John Schmidt arrived on January 11, 2019.
Other Facts About the Reporter
1. Abby did the recording for her then-new program Celtics Insider on December 21, 2015. Heavily pregnant at the time, she only took her maternity leave after the recording that day and her daughter, Mabel arrived three days later
2. Both of her children arrived at least a week before their due dates
3. Abby Chin’s first child Mabel weighed 4 pounds 10 ounces at birth. Her second, Silas was born at 6 pounds 13 ounces
4. At 13 days old, Abby’s daughter, Mabel, had to undergo open heart surgery after an examination at Boston Children’s Hospital discovered she had a severe blockage in her heart that was not letting it pump blood to her lower body
6. Chin and her husband have lived in many places before Boston. These include Seattle, Oregon, and Alabama.