|Born||August 23, 1962|
|Education||University of Colorado|
|Title||Host, College GameDay, ESPN Classic’s SportsCentury|
Chris Fowler (born August 23, 1962) is an American sports broadcaster for ESPN known best for his work on College GameDay for college football. Since 1989, Fowler has been the primary studio host for college football.
In 2014 he was set to replace Brent Musburger as the play-by-play announcer for the Saturday Night Football series on ABC; he was also selected to announce a College Football Playoff Semifinal game and the College Football National Championship in addition to remaining on College GameDay.
Fowler joined ESPN in July 1986 as the host/reporter of Scholastic Sports America, a stint which lasted two years. In 1988, he began serving as a college football sideline reporter for two seasons. While on the college football beat, Fowler conducted an exclusive interview with former star University of Oklahoma quarterback Charles Thompson, who was in prison at the time on drug charges. After Charles Woodson won the 1997 Heisman Trophy over Peyton Manning, Tennessee fans blamed ESPN. In a response to the Tennessee fans Fowler made a statement that the outcome created a "trailer park frenzy" in Tennessee. ESPN's popular game day program was not permitted to visit Tennessee the next season for the Tennessee-Florida game.
Prior to joining ESPN, Fowler spent nearly two years at KCNC-TV, then the NBC affiliate in Denver, as a production assistant, a producer/writer and as a sports reporter. In 1984, he worked for several months at KMGH-TV in the same city as an intern in the sports department.
Until 2006, he was also the lead studio host for men's college basketball on ESPN. He started anchoring College GameDay in 1990 and then expanded to ESPN's other Saturday college football segments in 1991. Fowler has also worked with ESPN's Summer X Games from 1995–2000 and the Winter X Games from 1998–2000 as well as horse racing broadcasts, including the Breeders Cup World Thoroughbred Championship on ESPN. In addition, he is the head studio anchor for tennis tournaments broadcast on ESPN, including Wimbledon, Australian Open, French Open and for the US Open being broadcast for the first year in 2009 on ESPN. In 2010, he anchored, along with Mike Tirico, ESPN's and ABC's month-long coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup held in South Africa.
A graduate of the University of Colorado in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree, Fowler was the first recipient of the Alan Berg Memorial Journalism Scholarship, awarded by the Denver Press Club.
While an undergraduate, Fowler, a Denver-area native, served as a producer and co-host for a weekly magazine program aired over a cable television system in Boulder, Colorado from 1983–85. He also spent two years as sports director at KAIR-AM, the university's radio station. From 1982–84, he covered high school sports for the Rocky Mountain News.
- Michael Humes, Chris Fowler Signs Extension with ESPN Through 2023, ESPN Media Zone, March 13, 2014
|ESPN College GameDay host