Recognized as a pioneer in the broadcast booth, Doris Burke has risen to the top of her profession as a sportscaster.
This articulate, knowledgeable and insightful broadcaster knows her stuff. She regularly shares her brilliant basketball mind during NBA, WNBA and college hoops coverage on ESPN and rightly deserves her place among the guys.
Burke got her start as a basketball radio analyst in 1990, but basketball was already in her blood.
Few round ball fans know that Burke excelled as a Big East point guard for the Providence Friars in the 1980’s. A 2000 inductee into the school’s athletic Hall of Fame, Burke was known as an aggressive and heady player during her college years.
In 1986, Doris was named Providence College’s female athlete of the year. She graduated from the New England school as holder of seven individual records for free throws and assists.
Immediately following her playing days, Doris ventured into broadcast journalism. She credits her former husband Gregg who encouraged her to embark upon an improbable career as a sportscaster in an industry overwhelmingly – and perhaps exclusively – dominated by men.
But, Burke’s poise, strength and talent in the booth became immediately evident. Her keen insight and spot on basketball commentary were soon recognized and got her the gig as the first female to ever cover the New York Knicks and Big East college basketball games.
This trailblazing woman had made her mark and certainly deserved sharing the courtside microphone with respected male counter parts.
In 2003, Burke’s smooth delivery and likeable personality earned her the Rudy Award for best new face in sports television. Sure, she was an attractive face, but her confidence and astute basketball analysis are what gained her fans.
Besides smashing through the glass ceiling in college and pro basketball reporting, Burke has emerged as one of the top five overall basketball analysts at ESPN. She covers marquee college hoops match-ups, calls key NBA games and serves as the lead commentator for the WNBA.
In 2013, ESPN recognized her basketball knowledge and sports casting excellence when it named her studio host, along with Jalen Rose and Avery Johnson, for the network’s KIA NBA Countdown.
ESPN’s Jeff Van Gundy brazenly gushed that Doris Burke is not just the best woman broadcaster, she’s the best broadcaster period. That’s a bold endorsement from a venerable basketball guru.
Doris is substance over style. She radiates smooth over schmaltz. She reveals her worth as far more than an attractive sideline reporter.
She’s shines brightly as an accomplished basketball analyst who’s rendered gender irrelevant in NBA reporting. Without doubt, she’s paved the way for other deserving, talented female sportscasters in an entrenched male dominated profession.
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