MARIA TAYLOR, NBC SPORTS HOST AND CORRESPONDENT, TO HOST 22ND GREATER CLEVELAND SPORTS AWARDS
Taylor officially joined NBC Sports with coverage of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics where she joined Mike Tirico as host for Prime Plus. Additionally, she served as a host and contributor for NBC’s Football Night in America and coverage of the Super Bowl.
During an eight-year stint with ESPN, Taylor hosted NBA Countdown, NCAA college football and basketball coverage and the NCAA Women’s Final Four studio show. She served as a recurring co-host on ESPN’s “Get Up!”, a reporter on College GameDay and a sideline reporter on the network’s biggest college football and basketball weekly games.
Taylor’s NFL coverage included hosting the 2021 NFL Draft, held in Cleveland, and sideline reporting for Monday Night Football’s 2020 opening week.
She also provided analysis on SEC Network and ESPN telecasts, including volleyball and women’s basketball, has worked on ESPN’s NBA Draft coverage and served as host of SEC Network’s traveling SEC Nation pregame college football show.
Previously, Taylor served as an analyst on ESPN’s NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Show, NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Preview Show and coverage of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament and Women’s Volleyball National Championship.
A graduate of the University of Georgia, she played basketball and was a three-time All-SEC volleyball player and member of the USA A2 National Volleyball team. She graduated in 2013 with a Master’s of Business Administration and a degree in broadcast news (2009). She delivered the commencement address at her alma mater in May 2021, marking the 60-year anniversary of the university’s integration.
In 2015, Taylor co-founded The Winning Edge Leadership Academy, a non-profit committed to educating and fostering professional mentoring relationships, providing networking opportunities and enriching scholarships to ethnic minorities and women who are seeking careers in the sports industry.
Taylor will take center stage during Greater Cleveland Sports Awards, the premier annual sports fundraiser supporting Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, to celebrate a year of athletic achievements in Northeast Ohio from high school stars to professional athletes.
20th Sports Awards: Mike Golic
19th Sports Awards: Hannah Storm
18th Sports Awards: Tom Rinaldi
17th Sports Awards: Jay Crawford
16th Sports Awards: Desmond Howard
15th Sports Awards: Eddie George
14th Sports Awards: Cris Carter
13th Sports Awards: Scott Van Pelt
12th Sports Awards: Erin Andrews
11th Sports Awards: Mike Tirico
10th Sports Awards: Kirk Herbstreit
9th Sports Awards:Jim Nantz
8th Sports Awards: Bill Walton
7th Sports Awards: Robin Roberts
6th Sports Awards: Greg Gumbel
5th Sports Awards: Ahmad Rashad
4th Sports Awards: Roy Firestone
3rd Sports Awards: Chris Rose
2nd Sports Awards: Dan Patrick
1st Sports Awards: Bob Costas
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