Tony Reali made the headlines when he, Michael Wilbon, and Tony Kornheiser got the once in a lifetime opportunity to have dinner at the White House with the then president of the United States, Barack Obama on the 12th of July 2013.
The American-born television host and sports personality nicknamed The Ultimate Sports Guru, Stats Boy, and Caca is known for using the word “Squadoosh” to refer to shutouts and zeros. His career on ESPN took off on the program titled Drill-A-Quiz as an ordinary stats boy but presently, he has come in as a competent host of several popular shows on the network and has taken charge of important issues in the past.
His present position at ESPN is that of a host on the program popularly known as Around the Horn. His time on the show has brought him more fame. The versatile sports guru has made appearances in several other programs which include; Good Morning America, Pardon the Interruption and others.
Bio Of The TV Host
Tony Reali was born with the given name Anthony Joseph Paul Reali in Staten Island, New York on the 4th day of July in 1978. His country of birth indicates that he is of American nationality, but his ethnicity is a mixture of Italian and American ancestry. As a devout Catholic, Tony leans towards the spiritual and harbors the belief that faith is of an essence to his life. He is not averse to going public with his faith in God, every Ash Wednesday, he comes on air on ESPN complete with ash on his forehead. Tony’s formative years were spent in Marlboro, New Jersey, where he achieved his early education from Christian Brothers Academy located in Lincroft.
After his graduation, he joined Fordham University where he bagged a degree in both Communication and History. Tony was already trying his hands at broadcasting even while he was a student at the university. The records have it that while he was a budding presenter, he worked with WFUV as a sportscaster from 1997 to 2000, and covered other sporting events.
He became a part of ESPN in the year 2000, working as a writer and researcher for Drill-A-Quiz. The next year, Tony Reali became part of a more popular program known as Pardon the Interruption. His role on the program was that of a stats boy charged with the responsibility of fact checking and correcting Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser who were the main hosts of the program at the end of each episode.
The television personality has been earning a good salary since the debut of his sportscasting career, his net worth has been estimated to be at a tidy $2 million and his annual salary which consists of his incentives, basic pay, fees, and bonuses is pegged at over a million dollars. Tony Reali earned a good income when some local sports club picked him as their brand ambassador. He also earns money as a sports announcer and from shows.
Another source of income for Tony is through his roles in movies and TV series and also from endorsements. He made well over $200,000 from movies last year.
Tony Reali Family – His Wife and Son’s Death
The sports personality’s relationship status reads married, his significant other, Samiya Edwards works as an African Policy consultant. They tied the knot on 3rd July 2008. The details of how they met are not readily accessible but based on what we gathered, their engagement was sort of a drama. Tony lost the engagement ring meant for his marriage proposal to Samiya but he managed to find it and eventually proposed to his heartthrob in an airport bathroom. They have been married for ten years and still going strong together.
Their union became more solidified in 2014 when his Stat Girl (Tony’s pet name for Samiya) gave birth to their first child, a beautiful baby girl named Francisca Zahra Reali. Tragedy struck in 2018 when the couple lost one of their twin sons, Amadeo Reali, even before he was born. Even though Tony and his wife were devastated, they are grateful that the second twin Enzo Reali was delivered alive and healthy.