Dara McIntosh is an American journalist and television presenter. She has worked in sports as a sideline reporter, a domestic studio anchor, and as an American presenter for an international network. She has worked as a celebrity correspondent covering celebrities and red carpet events.
McIntosh worked in TV, radio, and newspapers at Purdue University. She left early to take an internship at CNN headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. She took classes toward her degree locally while working on the internship.
After graduation, she moved to Detroit to work for local radio and TV stations. She also worked for the NBA Detroit Pistons franchise. McIntosh took her next job at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, CT as a production assistant. Thereafter, she moved to New York to work for MLB productions, where she was part of a production team nominated for an Emmy for its work on historical chronicles of the legends of baseball. She interviewed Ken Griffey, Jr. and first stepped onto the Yankee Stadium field. She then moved south to take an on-air job at NBC affiliate KRBC in West Texas. She worked as an anchor/reporter, where she covered local high school sports and the Dallas professional sports teams.
She moved back to New York in 2005, where she auditioned for the role of host on the Nick at Nite network show Hi-Jinx. She did not get the job, but she did land a recurring acting role on the show, which included Hollywood stars partaking in pranks on kids. From that role, she was booked as a special reporter for an episode of the Tyra Banks talk show in its inaugural season.
In 2006 she joined the start up network, Al Jazeera International, in the Americas bureau as a sports presenter. She worked alongside Canadian sports announcer Brendan Connor. She attended the White House Correspondents Dinner during President George W. Bush’s last term.
She reported on various international stories, including the murder of Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer during the Cricket World Cup in Kingston, Jamaica. She reported on the return of the NFL New Orleans Saints franchise to the Superdome in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
As a football sideline reporter for the Fox Big Ten Network later that fall, she covered game day stories for the conference football action. She worked with analysts Chris Martin and Wayne Larrivee. She covered the NFL Combine and NFL Draft for the network before accepting a job at CBS College Sports Network in the spring of 2008. As co-anchor for the nightly news and highlight show College Sports Tonight show, she worked alongside Adam Zucker, Greg Amsinger, and Kevin Dunn. She hosted the game day halftime shows each Saturday. That program was cancelled by the end of the year.
McIntosh freelanced as a New York correspondent on E! Network. She reported on celebrities, red carpet events, and movie premieres for Ryan Seacrest, who hosted E! News' nightly show. Simultaneously, she filled in as studio host and reporter on Knicks Gamenight in place of Al Trautwig. She reported on the NY Knicks pre-game, halftime, and post-game shows on MSG network.
In 2009 she hosted a radio pilot for NYC affiliate of NPR called The Express.
McIntosh was invited to speak at the World Diversity Leadership Summit at the United Nations. She continued to host, speak and serve as a panelist for the group that holds conferences in Prague, Czech Republic, London, and Washington, D.C.
McIntosh has volunteered to tutor and mentor NYC youth with various organizations. She has helped New York’s homeless shelters for women and children. In February 2009 she joined the Jack Brewer Foundation President and Board of Director in ringing the NY Stock Exchange Closing Bell for the recognition of the charities' work with children in Africa.