Anne Doyle (sports broadcaster)

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Anne Doyle (born June 22, 1948 in South Bend, Indiana, United States) is an American woman leader who was one of the first women TV sports broadcaster in the United States.[1] As a sports reporter and anchor for WJBK, CBS-TV in Detroit, from 1978–1983, she played a leadership role in achieving equal access to sports locker rooms for women journalists.


Doyle became one of the first women hired in the US as a major TV sports anchor and reporter in 1978.[2] The Detroit Free Press reported in May 2006 about Doyle, "In places that reeked of testosterone, Anne Doyle spent years breaking barriers for women and letting in fresh air. From the locker room to the boardroom, she was a woman working and winning in a man's world." She tried countless times to enter into professional sports locker rooms to report but was continuously denied. For her pioneering work in the 1970s and early 80's, Doyle was named to the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame (2007) and listed in the "Who's Who of American Women in the South" (1987). She is an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association, founded in 1948 by pioneer Detroit Tigers announcer Ty Tyson. Doyle would cover the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, NASCAR, Formula One and the Big Ten and would report on the World Series, Super Bowl, and a number of Rose Bowls. Prior to covering sports, Doyle served as a radio and TV news reporter and anchor in Los Angeles, Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Lansing, Michigan. She was also a news editor for United Press International where she worked in the Atlanta bureau along with writing for the Detroit Free Press.[2]


She is the daughter of Detroit sports broadcaster Vince Doyle.[2]


  1. ^ Hilaire, Chris St.; Padwa, Lynette (2010-09-07). 27 Powers of Persuasion: Simple Strategies to Seduce Audiences & Win Allies. Penguin. pp. 26–. ISBN 978-0-7352-0451-5. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Pioneering TV Sports Journalist". Anne Doyle Strategies. Retrieved 14 April 2013.