Julie Moran

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Julie Moran
Born Julie Bryan
(1962-01-10) January 10, 1962 (age 54)
Thomasville, Georgia
Residence Atlanta, Georgia
Occupation TV anchor & Host
Years active 1984 – Present
Religion Christianity
Spouse(s) Rob Moran
Children 2
Parent(s) Paul Bryan, Jr.
Barbara Dixon

Julie Moran, (née Bryan, born January 10, 1962), is an American journalist, television host, and sportscaster.[1] She was the first woman host for ABC’s Wide World of Sports.[2] She was the weekend anchor and co-host for Entertainment Tonight from 1994 – 2001, and hosted the Academy Awards pre-show in 2001.

Early life and education[edit]

Julia was born on January 10, 1962 to Paul and Barbara Bryan. Her father, Paul Bryan Jr. received two full athletic scholarships to University of Georgia (UGA), playing baseball and basketball.[3] While at UGA, he earned his Master's degree in Forestry in 1961. Paul was the owner of Metcalf Lumber Company in Thomasville, Georgia.[4] Julie’s mother, Barbara Dupree (née Dixon) also attended UGA and was named Homecoming Queen in 1960. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in 1961. Barbara was a high school English and Spanish teacher.

Julia graduated high school from Brookwood Academy in 1980, where she was named “Miss Brookwood” during her junior year.[5] She was also an All-State Basketball player for the warriors and still holds the school’s rebound record to this day.

In 1980, Julie won the title of America's Junior Miss, which was televised nationally on CBS.[6] Moran became one of the most well known Junior Miss participants of the decade, following Diane Sawyer the decade before her. She later hosted the competition in 1988, the programs last yearly event on a major television network.

In 1984, Moran graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at The University of Georgia.


Early work[edit]

In 1980, as America’s Junior Miss, Moran earned an internship at the CBS affiliate WCTV-TV in Tallahassee, Florida.[7] As an intern, Julie conducted office work, filing reports on the University of Georgia and Florida State University football games.

Moran’s first job after graduating college in 1984, was in Los Angeles, California as a reporter for ESPN’s Sports Focus with Dr. J, Julius Erving.

From 1986 – 1987, Julie co-hosted Movietime with Greg Kinnear. Movietime was a movie trailer and entertainment news service that later evolved into E! Entertainment Television.[8]

In 1989, Moran moved to New York City to co-host NBC SportsNBA Inside Stuff with Ahmad Rashad.[9] In 1990, she eventually transitioned to ABC Sports Network, as a sideline reporter for college football with Brent Musburger and Dick Vermeil, and college basketball with Jim Valvano and Brent Mustburger.

In 1992, Moran began anchoring the Emmy award-winning ABC’s Wide World of Sports, following legendary sportscasters, Jim McKay and Frank Gifford.[10] She was the show’s third anchor ever, and the first woman to host the show.

In 1990, Julie became the first woman to have an NBA Trading Card created in her honor.

Entertainment Tonight[edit]

On May 5, 1994, Julie began working for Entertainment Tonight (ET) as an anchor and correspondent in their New York City office. By 1995, she eventually transitioned to ET’s Los Angeles headquarters.

Shortly after joining Entertainment Tonight in 1994, Julie was named one of People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People.”[11]

While at Entertainment Tonight for 9 years, Julie interviewed several high-profile celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey and Julia Roberts. Julie hosted The Weekend Show and was the primary substitute anchor for Mary Hart. She also covered exclusive reports on major television and film sets. In 1996, she launched a signature weekly segment called, “ET One to One with Julie Moran.”

In 1996, Moran was the head anchor from ET covering the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia.[12]

From 1994 – 2001, Moran was the primary substitute anchor, weekend anchor, and senior correspondent for ET.

2001 – Present[edit]

After leaving Entertainment Tonight in 2001, Moran began spending time raising her daughters and working seasonally as a host for special events.

In 2001, Moran co-hosted the prestigious 73rd Academy Awards pre-show for ABC with Chris Connelly and Jim Moret. She also co-hosted the Grammy Awards pre-show for CBS in 1999 with Ellen DeGeneres.[13]

In 1998, 1999, and 2000, Julie hosted the Miss Universe pageant,[14] Miss USA pageant,[15] and the Miss Teen USA pageant.[16] In 2002, Julie co-hosted the Miss America pageant again with Wayne Brady.

Moran created, produced, and hosted The Insider’s List with Julie Moran starting in 2004. The weekly series aired on the Fine Living Network.[17]

Moran hosted the pre-show for the AFI Life Achievement Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, California in 2002, 2003, and 2004. The shows honorees were Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, and Meryl Streep.

In 2012, Julie became a special correspondent for Access Hollywood.[18]

Julie began hosting Lifetime’s morning show, The Balancing Act in 2013.[19]

Personal life[edit]

On April 12, 1987, Julie Bryan married actor Rob Moran. The couple began dating in 1985 after being paired together on a Ford automotive commercial. Rob graduated from Emerson College in 1982 and is an actor and producer.[20] He has had roles in Dumb and Dumber, There’s Something About Mary, King Pin, Hall Pass, Blended, Heaven is for Real, and the thriller You're Next, which won the Audience Award at The 2013 Toronto Film Festival.[21]

In 1999, the couple welcomed their eldest daughter Maiya Dupree.[22] In 2004, their second daughter Makayla-Amet was born.

Julie is the granddaughter to Sterling Dupree, Auburn University sprinter who held the 100-meter dash record for 21 years.[23] He was also a fullback for Auburn’s football, later coaching football at Auburn, University of Georgia, and University of Florida.

Julie supports several philanthropic organizations, including Project ALS, Joyful Heart, The Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential, and Agape.

In 2000, she became a spokesperson for the American Heart Association.[24]


  1. ^ Biography for Julie Moran at Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ With Minor Facelift, Abc's `Wide World' Still Going Strong At 33 at The Chicago Tribune; by Steve Nidetz; published January 7, 1994; retrieved March 25, 2016
  3. ^ Georgia Baseball Lettermen at Georgia Bulldogs; by The University of Georgia; retrieved March 25, 2016
  4. ^ Metcalf Lumber Company to change hands at Thomasville Times-Enterprise; by Staff Reporter; published December 9, 2005; retrieved March 25, 2016
  5. ^ Brookwood graduates 34 at Thomasville Times-Enterprise; by Teresa Williams; published May 16, 2009; retrieved March 25, 2016
  6. ^ Past National Winners at Distibguished Young Women Scholarship; retrieved March 25, 2016
  7. ^ News and Public Affairs at American Radio History; published September 17, 1990; retrieved March 25, 2016
  8. ^ Hollywood East? E! Co-founder Larry Namer Breaking New Ground Taking Western Entertainment To China at Los Angeles Informer; by Nicole Muj; published July 13, 2012; retrieved March 25, 2016
  9. ^ NBA INSIDE STUFF CO-HOSTS JULIE MORAN & AHMAD RASHAD DISCUSS SHOW at NBC Universal Archives; published October 23, 1990; retrieved March 25, 2016
  10. ^ Wide World of Sports at TV Guide; retrieved March 25, 2016
  11. ^ 50 Most Beautiful People at People Magazine Archive; published May 9, 1994; retrieved March 25, 2016
  12. ^ https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/134566237/
  13. ^ Cast & Crew at Turner Classic Movies; published 2000; retrieved March 25, 2016
  14. ^ Notable Past Judges & Hosts at Miss Universe; by Megan; published September 26, 2012; retrieved March 25, 2016
  15. ^ Notable Past Judges & Hosts at Miss Universe; by Megan; published September 19, 2012; retrieved March 25, 2016
  16. ^ Notable Past Judges & Hosts at Miss Universe; by Megan; published September 18, 2012; retrieved March 25, 2016
  17. ^ Paparazzi won’t crowd Moran family at Thomasville Times-Enterprise; published January 17, 2008; retrieved March 25, 2016
  18. ^ Reese Witherspoon Loving Life at Access Hollywood; published February 17, 2012; retrieved March 25, 2016
  19. ^ http://www.thebalancingact.com/hosts/julie-moran/
  20. ^ About This Person at The New York Times; published 2012; retrieved March 25, 2016
  21. ^ Rob Moran at IMDb; retrieved March 25, 2016
  22. ^ Julie Moran with Her Daughter Maiya Dupree at Corbis Images; by Julie Brothers; published July 1, 2000; retrieved March 25, 2016
  23. ^ Smith: Julie Moran always will be a 'Georgia girl' at Online Athens; by Loran Smith; published November 27, 2011; retrieved March 25, 2016
  24. ^ Few Women Realize Heart Disease Top Killer at ABC News; published August 22, 2000; retrieved March 25, 2016

External links[edit]

Media offices
Preceded by
Frank Gifford
ABC's Wide World of Sports host
Succeeded by
John Saunders