Kathryn Tappen was born in Morristown, New Jersey. She attended Rutgers University on academic and athletic scholarships and was an Academic All-American as a member of the track and cross country teams, the same Rutgers Scarlet Knights that produced 2012 Olympian Julie Culley.
Kathryn began running as a freshman in high school (1995) as a way to stay in shape for her other athletic activities, namely basketball in the winter, and softball in the spring. She continued running every season through senior year. Due to a back injury, she had to Redshirt freshman year cross country and indoor.
Tappen began her career at CSTV in 2003, where she hosted a variety of programs. She then spent a year and a half at NBC affiliate WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island as the weekend anchor and weekday sports reporter.
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