Jen Lada is an American award-winning journalist, ESPN anchor and content creator. She is known for her work on ESPN’s Sportscenter and other shows like College GameDay, Mike and Mike as well as Baseball Tonight.
Jen Lada Bio
Her birth date is January 14, 1981. She was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and grew up with her parents and three siblings. Like many other celebrities in recent times, not much is known about her family. However, what is known is that Jen aspired to be a journalist as a child. She was/is also an athlete who enjoys running and cycling.
In an interview, the ESPN anchor shared her favourite childhood moments. According to her, she remembers with so much delight her family’s traditional St. Patrick’s Day and their unforgettable trip to Atlanta for the Summer Olympics in 1996. Speaking of her favourite season, Jen is the typical Summer girl. Back in the day, they would go boating, swimming, tubing and skiing.
For her education, Jen was a student of Marian Central Catholic H.S in Woodstock, IL, where she made her mark in both cross-country and track & field events. At the age of 22, she graduated from Marquette University’s College of Communications where she bagged a degree in Broadcast Electronics. Jen’s athletic skills earned her a scholarship to the University. For the next one year, the sports enthusiast worked as a non-paid sports intern. To make ends meet while waiting for her dream job, she also worked as a waitress.
Even after landing her dream job in sports broadcasting, Jen still makes time to participate in outdoor sporting events. She has competed in several triathlons and has run three times in the Chicago Marathon. Jen resides in the suburb city Bristol, Connecticut.
Is She Married? Husband, Divorce
Jen Lada is a married woman and mother of one. Her husband, Dario Melendez is a former ESPN anchor for the SportsCenter show. It is not clear where and how they met but we speculate they used to be work colleagues since they both have a work history with ESPN. The sports-loving couple got married in 2006 in a quiet ceremony witnessed by family and friends.
Dario Melendez, now a soccer coach was once a footballer who played for Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut. He worked for Fox Sports Radio and other sports broadcasting platforms. Prior to his job with ESPN, Dario was Sports anchor and reporter for WISN-TV, Milwaukee, Wisconsin for 3 years(2010-2013).
Jen and Dario have a son, Chase. The happy family enjoy going to baseball games together. From time to time, Jen uploads beautiful moments of the family in pictures on Instagram. There’s no information suggesting a crack or potential divorce in Jen and Dario’s marriage. They are still together.
While in school, Jen Lada took up a job with a local paper. After that, her first broadcasting job ever was as a reporter for Fox affiliate in Milwaukee in 2006. For the next six years, Jen covered general news and special events like the NFL’s The Packers, NBA Bucks, Brewers (MLB), Admirals (AHL), Wave (MISL), as well as high school and university athletics. She also worked with White Sox pro and Bears sports beat. In 2013, Jen landed another job with Comcast SportsNet where she worked for more than two years. She anchored shows like SportsNet Central and High School Lights.
By 2015, the sportscaster joined ESPN as a contributor to College GameDay and the radio digital platforms where she works as the content creator. She also works on shows like ESPN’s Highlights, Mike and Mike and SportsCenter. Jen still works with ESPN.
She describes her job experience so far as a dream come true. However, in 2016, the beautiful broadcaster shared her unfortunate first job interview experience. Withholding the name of the TV Station, Jen in the heat of sexual scandals in the American media, took to Twitter to recount how an unnamed sports director sexually harassed her in what was supposed to be an official job interview. She resisted the best way she could at the time and ended up not getting the job. With an annual earning of $85,000, the currently successful media personality has an estimated $1 million net worth.
In 2011, Jen Lada won the Best Sportscast 1st Place honour award by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association for her contribution in WITI-TV. The quite popular sportscasting diva has more than 38k followers on Twitter, over 7k on Facebook and more than 14k followers on Instagram.
Jen Lada’s body measurements and statistics are not available on the internet. The only thing known is that Jen has a height of 5 ft 7 inches.