January 4, 1965
West Islip, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||Providence College|
|Occupation||television sports reporter, color analyst|
|Years active||1988 - present|
|Spouse(s)||Gregg Burke (Divorced)|
Doris Burke (born Doris Sable on January 4, 1965) is a sideline reporter and color analyst for ESPN college basketball, as well as NBA on ESPN and NBA on ABC games. Burke handles both men's and women's basketball at the college and pro level. She is primarily an analyst on Big East games for men's college basketball, often teaming with Mike Patrick or Dave O'Brien. She is also an analyst for WNBA games on MSG, and has worked on New York Knicks games. She was the first female analyst to call a New York Knicks game on radio and television.
Born in West Islip, New York and raised in Manasquan, New Jersey, Burke is the youngest of eight children. She started playing basketball in the second grade. She attended Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island, where she earned a bachelor's degree in health service administration/social work and later a master's in Education. Burke was a member of the women's basketball team, and was named the College's Female Athlete of the Year, and was the fifth woman inducted into the Providence College Hall of Fame.
Burke began her broadcasting career in 1990 as an analyst for women's games for her alma mater on radio. That same year, she began working in the same role on Big East Women's games on television, and in 1996 she began working Big East men's games. She has been the lead analyst for ESPN's coverage of the WNBA, and since 1997 has been the primary radio and television voice of the New York Liberty. In 2003, Burke was named to ESPN's top men's basketball team working with Dick Vitale on the men's games and working the sidelines for ESPN and ABC for their coverage of the NBA. In 2000, Burke became the first woman to be a color analyst for a New York Knicks game on radio and on television; she is also the first woman to be an analyst for a Big East men's game, and the first woman to be the primary analyst on a men's college basketball conference package. Since 2009, she has served as a sideline reporter for the NBA Finals for ABC Sports.
In October 2013, Burke signed a multiyear contract extension to serve as an NBA commentator for ESPN. On November 13, Burke debuted on ESPN's NBA pre-game show "Kia NBA Countdown," alongside analysts Jalen Rose and Avery Johnson.
In early 2014 Burke ignited controversy when she audibly laughed when Kevin Durant said he owed a victory against the Miami Heat to God. She pushed Durant asking "Are you sure you didn't have anything to do with it?"
- Dan Shulman
- Dave O'Brien
- Mike Breen
- Holly Rowe
- Jay Bilas
- Bill Raftery
- Jeff Van Gundy
- Sean McDonough
- Mark Jackson
- Mike Tirico
- Dave Pasch
Awards and honors
In 1999, Burke was inducted into the Providence College Hall of Fame. In 2003, she received from USA Today a Rudy Award as the Best New Face in Sports Television. In the spring of 2004, she was honored with induction into the Institute for International Sport's Scholar Athlete Hall of Fame, and in the spring of 2005 Providence College awarded her with an honorary doctorate degree. In October 2006, she was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame. Also in 2006, she became a member of the North Providence Hall of Fame. In January 2012 she received the Silver Anniversary Award in recognition of her myriad athletic and professional accomplishments from the NCAA. In 2012 she called the Big East tournament and was a reporter during the championship game.
- "Notable Alumni: Doris Burke". Providence College. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
- "Doris Burke: Basketball Analyst & Reporter". ESPN Media Zone. April 8, 2010. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
- Ryan, Bob. "She knows whereof she speaks", The Boston Globe, March 1, 2012. Accessed August 10, 2012. "Little Doris Sable grew up in Manasquan, N.J., dreaming of playing in the NBA. How much of her male audience can’t relate to that?"
- Diane, Pucin. "ESPN's Doris Burke gets contract extension". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-11-13.
- "Kevin Johnson, David Robinson, Doris Burke among NCAA Silver Anniversary Award winners". Washington Post. January 13, 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2012.