Sarah Kustok

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Sarah Kustok
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Kustok at the Barclays Center in January 2020
Born (1981-12-17) December 17, 1981 (age 39)
Alma materDePaul University
Occupationsports journalist
Years active2005–present
EmployerYES Network
Fox Sports

Sarah Grace Kustok (born December 17, 1981) is an American sports reporter who works for the YES Network and Fox Sports. In 2017, she became the first female full-time analyst for an NBA team's local TV broadcasts, when the YES Network promoted her from sideline analyst for Brooklyn Nets games.[1]

Biography[edit]

Kustok began her career as an analyst and sideline reporter for ESPN and Fox Sports, covering college football, basketball (men's and women's), and high school football. She also worked as a TV sideline reporter for the Chicago Bulls, Blackhawks, Cubs, White Sox and Fire for Comcast SportsNet Chicago and was a substitute anchor for the network and filled in as sports anchor for WMAQ-TV.[2] She has hosted College Sports Minute and was a freelance sports anchor/reporter for WFLD-TV. She also worked for Versus.[3] She is the color commentator for the WNBA's Connecticut Sun home games. She also is the substitute anchor and contributor on FS1's First Things First. Kustok previously worked as a sideline reporter with the Brooklyn Nets (succeeding Michelle Beadle) before being promoted to TV analyst in 2017, making her the NBA's first ever female solo analyst.[1] She also contributes to Nets Magazine.

Personal life[edit]

Kustok grew up in Orland Park, Illinois, where she played high school volleyball and basketball. She later attended DePaul University, where she played on the Blue Demons women's basketball team. Her older brother, Zak, is a businessman who formerly played quarterback for the Northwestern Wildcats football team.

Sarah's father, Allan Kustok, has been tried for the shooting and killing of Anita "Jeanie" Kustok, her mother, while she slept in their home in 2010. Sarah testified before the jury and maintained her father's innocence in March 2014.[4] Allan was convicted of murder in December 2014 and is currently serving a 60 year prison sentence.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Let's Normalize This: Meet Sarah Kustok, the NBA's First Solo Female Analyst". Bleacher Report. December 22, 2017.
  2. ^ "Sarah Kustok joins YES as Nets reporter". YES Network. August 6, 2012.
  3. ^ "Sarah Kustok Joins NY's YES Network; To Be Inducted Into Chicagoland Sports HOF". Chicagoland Radio and Media. August 7, 2012.
  4. ^ "Sarah Kustok Defends Father at Murder Trial". ABC 7 Eyewitness News. March 11, 2014.
  5. ^ "Allan Kustok Sentenced to 60 Years for Killing Wife". Chicago Tribune. December 10, 2014.