Jeanne Zelasko

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Jeanne Zelasko (born October 26, 1966 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a journalist and sportscaster who is currently working for THE BEAST AM980 KFWB in Los Angeles, CA. Prior to taking that position Zelasko had a relatively lengthy career working for Fox Sports as a reporter and analyst for various programs, as well as reporting for MLB Network, ESPN and as the court reporter on Judge Joe Brown.

Biography[edit]

Early life and career[edit]

Zelasko started her broadcasting career during her college days at San Diego State University doing metro traffic reports and then hosting a talk show on KCEO-AM radio. Her television career began at KDCI-TV News in San Diego in 1993 anchoring the weekend newscasts.

Early in her career, Zelasko co-hosted the San Diego Padres pre-game show for Prime Sports West, a regional sports network in Southern California (now Fox Sports Net West). While working as an assignment reporter for the network, she covered a variety of sports including the NFL, NHL, college basketball and auto racing.

Fox Sports[edit]

Zelasko was hired by Fox Sports in 1996 as part of the original broadcast team anchoring the newly formed Fox Sports Net's National Sports Report, as well as a sideline reporter for Fox NFL Sunday. In February 2001, Zelasko joined Fox's NASCAR broadcast team as a pit reporter.

Fox network cancelled the Major League Baseball pre-game show (as a cost-cutting measure) following the 2008 season.[1]

MLB Network and Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

In April 2009, Zelasko took on multiple roles including special assignments for the MLB Tonight, on the MLB Network; she made her MLB play-by-play debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 20, 2009, making her the first woman to do play-by-play for a Dodgers game. Zelasko worked alongside former Dodger Mark Sweeney, who is serving as the analyst.

ESPN[edit]

In May 2013, Zelasko began covering the NCAA Softball tournament for ESPN.

Filmwork[edit]

In 1997, she had a guest role in the fourth season finale of the CBS TV series Diagnosis: Murder. In 2002, she had a cameo as an Anchorwoman in the Swiss motion picture Birdseye, played a reporter in Fever Pitch.

From 2011–2013, she filled the role of court reporter on Judge Joe Brown.

Personal[edit]

In 1998, Zelasko married Curt Sandoval, a sports anchor and reporter for ABC-owned KABC-TV in Los Angeles and a triathlete who completed the Ironman in Hawaii.

On December 30, 2007, Fox announced that Zelasko was being treated for thyroid cancer. She was still scheduled to host Fox's on-site pregame show, and serve as a sideline reporter on Fox's Cotton Bowl Classic and Orange Bowl broadcasts. Fox spokesman Dan Bell said: "She'll be out for as long as her treatment takes. We can't wait to have her back in her MLB studio chair in April."

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gintonio, Jim (December 26, 2008). "Zelasko seeks Dodgers' play-by-play gig". Arizona Republic. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 

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