Jeanne Zelasko (born October 26, 1966 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a journalist and sportscaster who is currently working for ESPN. Prior to taking that position Zelasko had a relatively lengthy career working for Fox Sports as a reporter and analyst for various programs and worked as the court reporter on Judge Joe Brown.
Early life and career
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.
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.
MLB Network and Los Angeles Dodgers
As of April 2009, Zelasko has taken 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 is currently working alongside former Dodger Mark Sweeney, who is serving as the analyst.
In May 2013, Zelasko began covering the NCAA Softball tournament for ESPN.
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.
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."
- Gintonio, Jim (December 26, 2008). "Zelasko seeks Dodgers' play-by-play gig". Arizona Republic. Retrieved 2009-09-04.