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October 16, 1986
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Alma mater||Boston University|
|Occupation||Talk show host|
|Known for||The Herd, American Ninja Warrior|
Kristine Leahy (born October 16, 1986) is an American television host and former sports reporter. She is most known as a host on NBC's American Ninja Warrior. She is the former co-host and newswoman of Fox Sports 1's simulcast of The Herd with Colin Cowherd and was also a former anchor and reporter for KCBS-TV in Los Angeles.
Leahy was born in Chicago, where she became interested in sports. She attended Prairie Ridge High School in Crystal Lake, Illinois. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree from Boston University.
After college, Leahy got a job at the sports radio station WEEI in Boston. After a two-year stint at WEEI, she transitioned to a position as an official reporter of the Boston Celtics and Celtics.com. She turned that into a job at FOX Boston, where she covered all Boston area sports teams.
Leahy moved to Los Angeles in 2012 and covered a variety of different sports, most notably as a sideline reporter for Turner Sports' March Madness coverage. She worked for a variety of CBS affiliated sports outlets, including the local CBS Los Angeles news. Leahy then became the sideline reporter for American Ninja Warrior on NBC. In September 2015, she took a job to join former ESPN Radio host Colin Cowherd on his new show after his exodus to FOX. Cowherd cited a lack of female voices in sports talk radio as a reason for Leahy's addition to the show, as well as Leahy's history of developing useful sources as a sports journalist.
On May 17, 2017, Leahy received what were seen as potentially sexist remarks from LaVar Ball on The Herd with Colin Cowherd. He never faced in Leahy's direction for the whole interview, apparently trying to talk only with Colin Cowherd on the other side of the studio. Ball argued with Leahy about if Big Baller Brand should market to both men and women, asserting that his brand is not for women, and when she asked him how many shoes he had already sold, he said, "Stay in your lane." During the segment, Leahy expressed that she believed Ball was disrespecting women, and he responded by calling her a "hater" for her previous criticism of his parenting. He also commented, "She scares me. I don't look over there because I'm scared of her. I'm thinking of Assault right now. Leave me alone." Later that day on The Herd, Leahy issued a response about her argument with Ball, saying, "So he was upset at me for what I said there, and that’s completely fine. But you can't come at me and disrespect me and not look me in the eye and threaten me. That's just not OK." Ball, however, denied threatening her.
On April 25, 2018, Leahy announced that she was leaving The Herd with Colin Cowherd for an upcoming new show on FS1. Later in 2018 she apologized and regretted criticizing Lavar Ball’s parenting and she also announced that this will be her final season covering American Ninja Warrior.
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