For many sports lovers, one person who is not unknown is Michele Tafoya. The woman has become famous as a sports reporter for NBC and is highly respected even though she is in a male-dominated field.
While she is very interesting to watch doing her thing on TV, her real life seems more interesting. Here are things to know about the woman:
Biography and Age
Michele Joan Vandersall Tafoya, which is her complete name, was born on December 17, 1964, in Manhattan Beach, California. While growing up, Michele who was very close to her dad was always glued to the TV watching one sports program or the other because her father who was an engineer was a sports lover. This would go on to influence her life as she came to love sports first by participating as a basketball player as a teenager, and then going on to become a sports reporter after she was done with her education.
It was in Minnesota that the NBC sportswoman was raised by her parents alongside siblings. Since the age of 3, Tafoya began putting on shows at home for her siblings. She had wanted to become an actress but for the love of sports. The NBC sportswoman got her education from the University of California where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication. From here, she went to the University of Southern California where she obtained a master’s degree in business administration.
Looking at her career, she has been in the business of reporting for almost forever. She began with KFAN-AM in Minneapolis as a sideline reporter from 1994 to 1998. From here, she went to CBS before going to ESPN in 2004. The Manhattan Beach native would go on to leave the Network for NBC. In 2009, she also worked for the radio station WCCO (AM).
With a CV that is easy to envy, Michele Tofoya has, through her years in the sporting world, been a part as either a host or a sideline reporter of a lot of things including the Super Bowl, NBA, and the Olympics.
Born in 1964, Tafoya’s age has now crossed the 50s.
Net Worth and Salary
Having worked hard for many years, Tafoya has a net worth of $2 million. The main thing that makes her wealth is her career. What she takes home annually has been put at $200 thousand.
5 Facts You Should Know About Michele Tafoya
Tafoya is married to Mark Vandersall since 2000 after first meeting in 1993. Just like the sportswoman, Vandersall is also a Minnesota native and he is a lover of sports whose father was into sports as a great fan and once a sportsman himself. Although Michele is a few years younger than her husband, the two seem perfect for each other
Michele and Vandersall have a rather small family as they only have two children; a son, Tyler and a Daughter, Olivia. While Tyler is their biological child, Olivia was adopted from Colombia. The family lives in Edina
Struggles with Anorexia
When she was much younger as a teenager, Tafoya has had to struggle with an eating disorder. This, however, was as a result of peer pressure as she wanted to be as slim as other girls. It was pretty bad for her health, that she revealed she was grateful that she was able to work through it.
Recognition and awards
Because of her ingenuity in her arts, Michele Tafoya has worked home with a lot of nominations and a good number of awards and she has got her good share of recognition. The woman has got as much as 6 Outstanding Sports Personality-Sports Reporter nominations, making her the only person to get that much. The NBC sportswoman has also won the awards twice. Much earlier in her journey, the woman was also awarded the “Outstanding Achievement by an Individual On-Air TV Personality” at the Gracie Awards.
Although the Minnesota ambassador began with the Radio, she later found herself rocking the Television, all as a sports reporter and host. Michele Tafoya also works with KQRS on the morning show. Here, she doesn’t have to always go to work as she broadcasts from home.
Body Measurements of Tafoya
A good looking woman even as she has walked beyond mid-age, the woman is nicely built. Her height is 5 feet 9 inches as well as a weight of 62 kg (136 lbs). She has a bra size of 32B and body measurements of 36-25-35 inches.