Sage Steele

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Sage Steele
Sage Steele ESPNWeekend2010-072.jpg
Steele in February 2010
Born (1972-11-28) November 28, 1972 (age 41)
Panama Canal Zone
Education Indiana University
Occupation Sportscaster
Notable credit(s) Sportscenter
Title Co-host, reporter
Spouse(s) Jonathan Bailey (m.1999)

Sage Steele (born November 28, 1972) is an American television anchor who hosts the Friday and Sunday editions of NBA Countdown on ESPN and ABC. For 5 years prior to the NBA assignment, Steele was a full-time co-host of SportsCenter, ESPN's flagship show, and has previously contributed to ESPN First Take, Mike & Mike in the Morning, and SportsNation. Steele hosted SportsCenter's daytime coverage of the NBA Finals in 2012 and 2013, and has hosted the Scripps National Spelling Bee each year since 2009.

Early life[edit]

Sage Steele was born in 1972, of African-American and European-American descent into an American Army family living in the Panama Canal Zone. Her father was stationed all over the world during Sage's childhood. She attended high school in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Carmel, Indiana.

She graduated from Indiana University in 1995.

Broadcasting career[edit]

Steele's first television sports reporting job was at WSBT-TV the CBS affiliate in South Bend, Indiana, as a news producer and reporter from 1995 to 1997.

Steele then worked at CBS affiliate WISH-TV in Indianapolis, Indiana, from 1997-1998 as the weekend morning sports anchor and weekday reporter. Her reporting duties included the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 auto races, local college and high school sports.

Steele worked at ABC affiliate WFTS in Tampa, Florida, from 1998 to 2001, where she was a sports reporter with former WFTS sports director and current SportsCenter host Jay Crawford. She also worked at Fox Sports Florida as a reporter, continuing to cover teams throughout Central Florida such as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Orlando Magic, Tampa Bay Lightning and University of South Florida Bulls.

She then worked at Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic in Bethesda, Maryland, where she was an anchor and reporter for the network's nightly local sports news program, SportsNite. Steele was one of Comcast SportsNet's original personalities, joining that network when it launched in 2001. During her six years at CSN Mid-Atlantic (2001–2007), she was a main anchor and also the beat reporter for the Baltimore Ravens.

Steele then joined ESPN and debuted on March 16, 2007, on the 6:00 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter.

On July 28, 2013, she drove the pace car for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Brickyard 400. During the pace laps at the beginning of the race, she was bumped in jest by 6-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson. Beginning in the 2013–14 NBA season, Steele will be the host of NBA Countdown on ESPN and ABC.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Steele is the daughter of Gary Steele, who was the first African-American to play varsity football at West Point during the mid 1960s.[2] Steele was inducted into the Army Sports Hall of Fame in 2013 for his standout career on the Black Knights football and track & field teams. Her brother, Chad, is the Media Relations Director for the Baltimore Ravens football team.[3] She and her husband have three children.