Scott Van Pelt

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Scott Van Pelt
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Van Pelt at Stanford Stadium in 2013
Born1966/1967 (age 55–56)
EducationUniversity of Maryland
Years active1990–present
Notable credits

Scott Van Pelt (born 1966/1967)[1] is an American sportscaster and sports talk show host. He co-anchored the 11 p.m. edition of SportsCenter on ESPN, served as the co-host of SVP & Russillo alongside Ryen Russillo on ESPN Radio, and hosts various golf events for the network. In June 2015, Van Pelt left his radio show to become a solo anchor for a midnight edition of SportsCenter.

Early life and education[edit]

Van Pelt was born in Brookeville, Maryland,[2] and grew up in the Washington, D.C., area. He attended Flower Valley Elementary School in Rockville, Maryland. He graduated from Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring, Maryland, and from the University of Maryland in 1988 where he studied radio/television and film. He is a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.[3][4]


Van Pelt began his career in sportscasting in 1990 at WTTG-TV, a FOX affiliate in Washington, D.C. From 1995 to 2000, Van Pelt worked for the Golf Channel, where he was a studio host for some of the network's signature programs. He left the channel in 2001 to join ESPN, where he serves as a SportsCenter anchor, and is one of the network's top golf correspondents, covering major tournaments such as the Masters Tournament.[3] After acquiring the cable rights to the tournament, Van Pelt also appeared on ESPN's coverage of The Open Championship. He also is a prominent personality for ESPN Radio, where he was the co-host of Tirico and Van Pelt alongside Mike Tirico before the program was canceled and replaced with Van Pelt's own three-hour program, The Scott Van Pelt Show, in 2009. The show was renamed SVP & Russillo in October 2012. He is a studio presenter for the ESPN Network's Friday night College Football on ESPN.

Van Pelt has also appeared as a commentator in golf video games, alongside Kelly Tilghman on EA Sports' Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11[5] and in a comedic turn in Aqua Teen Hunger Force Zombie Ninja Pro-Am.[6][7]

In 2012, Van Pelt made the decision to stay with ESPN.[8] In May 2015, the network announced Van Pelt would leave the radio show SVP & Russillo to become a solo anchor for a midnight edition of SportsCenter, which began in late summer 2015. The midnight show covers sports events from the day, but includes additional commentary from Van Pelt and some popular elements from the radio show.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Van Pelt's grandfather, Lorenzo, immigrated to the U.S. from Italy and lived in Brooklyn.[10]


  1. ^ Shapiro, Leonard (May 29, 1999). "For Van Pelt, Golf Channel Reception Is Excellent". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 24, 2022. It was a fabulous career move for Van Pelt, 32.
  2. ^ "Scott Van Pelt". TV Guide. Archived from the original on October 30, 2012. Retrieved September 29, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Scott Van Pelt". ESPN Mediazone. November 17, 2009. Archived from the original on September 7, 2010. Retrieved October 23, 2010.
  4. ^ Buck, Justin; Miller, George. "Scott Van Pelt: Our Brother at ESPN". Shield & Diamond. Archived from the original on April 25, 2009. Retrieved January 4, 2023.
  5. ^ "Van Pelt's Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 Voice Over Session". March 6, 2009.
  6. ^ "Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Zombie Ninja Pro-Am review". GamesRadar. November 8, 2007. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  7. ^ "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Zombie Ninja Pro-Am Review". GameSpot. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  8. ^ Sherman, Ed (January 27, 2014). "Q/A with Scott Van Pelt: Looking back at decision to stay at ESPN; Radio show remains key component".
  9. ^ Livia Coelho, Ana (May 11, 2015). "Scott Van Pelt Signs Extension with ESPN; Will Take Over Midnight (ET) SportsCenter as Solo Anchor". ESPN MediaZone. Retrieved May 13, 2015.
  10. ^ Pelt, Scott Van (July 4, 2011). "Two Happy birthdays today: USA and my late grandpa Lorenzo from Italy via Brooklyn. I love and honor 'em both. The American dream is real". Retrieved August 2, 2017.

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