The number of female reporters has seen an increase in sports and it’s only a matter of time before they equal and surpass the number of men on the networks. Not only do these women look stunningly beautiful, but they also have great knowledge about the sport they are covering. Gone are the days when a network only hires former athletes as analysts.
Unfortunately the reality is that women are still sometimes hired because of their looks because the usual viewers for sports such as football, basketball, baseball, hockey, mixed martial arts, boxing, soccer, and other sports are males. They like hearing it from former athletes or people who have experience in playing the sport. It became apparent that these viewers enjoy looking at women while players are on a break. The same can be said of Latin networks because they are more famous for hiring tantalizing women who were former models as sportscasters.
Look at Sara Carbonero at the 2010 World Cup or Mirella Grisales at Super Bowl XLVII. Carbonero was an unknown Spanish reporter back then before she became one of the most searched people on the internet during that time. Grisales, on the other hand, quickly became a fan favourite of Telemundo viewers after her photos with the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers during the Super Bowl Media Day went viral.
So here are the 15 Spanish-speaking female sportscasters that will drive you crazy. We found them not only in South America but also in the United States and even in Europe. I’m sure you’re going to nuts for these fine women who are mostly of Spanish descent.
15 Mary Gamarra
Better known for her work on politics, science, fashion and entertainment, Mary Gamarra also had experience covering sports. The 39-year-old hosted NBC’s Sports Latin on Ice back in 2013 while also reporting for MSNBC. Gamarra started her career at CNN en Español before working on Telemundo. Some of the other shows Gamarra has hosted include the Latin Billboard Music Awards and Un Nuevo Dia.
The Peruvian reporter is the current host of the Xfinity Latino Entertainment Channel, wherein she explains the different programming options Comcast offers to the Hispanic community. Gamarra is also the host Telemundo’s Al Rojo Vivo, a highly-rated news magazine show for that features famous personalities. She currently lives in Miami with her husband and they have two children, Sebastian and Valentina.
14 Marisol Gonzalez
Marisol Gonzalez is a former beauty queen who represented Mexico at the 2003 Miss Universe pageant held in Panama City. Although Gonzalez did not win the crown, she used her popularity to go into the entertainment industry. She became an actress as well as a well-known television personality in Mexico. Gonzalez had roles on TV shows such as La Verdad Oculta and Contra Viento y Marea.
However, it was in sportscasting where she became famous in Mexico. Gonzalez started as a reporter for Mexican sports channel Televisa Deportes covering sports such as soccer and American football. She has covered NFL games during her career. Gonzalez was also previously engaged to boxer Saul “Canelo” Alvarez before marrying footballer and current Fox Sports Mexico analyst, Rafael Márquez Lugo, in 2014.
13 Lara Alvarez
A famous journalist and TV presenter in Spain, Lara Alvarez has a degree in Journalism from the Villanueva University Center in Madrid, but she is originally from Gijon. Alvarez got her first break as a contributor for Telemadrid before working for TeleAustrias and Marca TV. Besides football, she is also a reporter of MotoGP races for Mediaset España and she attracted the attention of Fernando Alonso.
You can’t really blame the two-time FIA Formula One World Champion for falling in love with Alvarez and her gorgeous figure. Alvarez split with Alonso last year but her career seems to be getting better. She has hosted popular television shows such as the Spanish versions of Big Brother and Survivor. Alvarez was also linked with Real Madrid superstar Sergio Ramos.
12 Sara Carbonero
One of the stars of the 2010 World Cup, Sara Carbonero made headlines when she allegedly distracted Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas during a match against Switzerland while she was reporting. The distraction led to Spain losing the match but thankfully, the Spaniards were able to shake it off and win the World Cup. Carbonero became an overnight sensation becoming one of the most photographed people of the 2010 World Cup.
You cannot fault Casillas for getting distracted because Carbonero is one gorgeous woman. And just in case you did not know, Casillas has been in a relationship with Carbonero since 2009. The couple got married in 2016 and they have two sons together, Martin and Lucas. Carbonero worked for Spanish channel Telecinco until 2015 when her husband transferred to FC Porto and they had to relocate to Portugal.
11 Mirella Grisales
Currently one of the most gorgeous sports reporters in the world, Mirella Grisales became an instant hit in 2013 when Telemundo assigned her to cover Super Bowl XLVII between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Grisales captivated fans as she posed with players from the Ravens and 49ers during media day that went viral.
Grisales is also famous for dating Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo on two separate occasions. The Colombian model and reporter first dated Ronaldo in 2007 when he was still a member of Manchester United. They rekindled their relationship a year later but it once again ended. Besides sportscasting and dating Ronaldo, Grisales also worked as an actress for Spanish TV shows, Tomalo Suave and Aurora.
10 Jimena Sanchez
You know you can drive people crazy when you’re called the Mexican Kim Kardashian. Jimena Sanchez was born in Mexico City and raised in Veracruz. She is an avid sports fan and she got her start as a sports writer for Medio Tempo before becoming popular for her lovely curves like Kim K. She currently works as a presenter for Lo Mejor de Fox Sports, the Latin American sports channel of Fox Sports.
The 30-year-old voluptuous beauty has a whopping 3.1 million followers on Instagram but she does not like being compared to Kim K. They are very different, according to her, and she’s focused on her sportscasting career. Some of the teams Sanchez loves to support include the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Lakers, Oakland Raiders, and Las Chivas de Guadalajara. She also likes to surf in her free time.
9 Ines Sainz
One of the most recognizable Spanish speaking sportscasters in the world, Ines Sainz has been broadcasting since 2006 but her career started as a model in 2001. It was a surprising choice of livelihood for the Mexico City native because she has a bachelors and masters degree in law. Instead, she focused on sports and obtained a degree in sports business administration.
Sainz has been the face of Azteca Deportes and she has her own Spanish-language sports interview show, DxTips. Besides her native language, Sainz is also fluent in English. Some of the events she has covered include the NBA Finals, Super Bowl, FIFA World Cup, Summer Olympics, and many boxing fights such as Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito. She is married to television producer Héctor Pérez Rojano and they have four children together.
8 Andrea Ocampo
Andrea Ocampo is a very talented woman, describing herself as a blogger, actress, model, public speaker, and sports reporter. Let’s focus on her sports career, where she has worked for ESPN, Fox Sports, and the NHL. Ocampo, who can speak both English and Spanish, became the first Spanish speaking female public address announcer in the NHL in 2015 when she worked the NHL Draft. She has also covered ESPN’s Marmot Boca Raton Bowl.
Ocampo was hired by the WWE in 2016 and she worked on NXT and the main roster as an interviewer and announcer. She was given the name Andrea D’Marco and she has interviewed many WWE superstars such as Chris Jericho, Daniel Bryan, Enzo Amore, and Alexa Bliss. Ocampo was released from her contract in April of this year but she has nothing but gratitude for the WWE.
7 Alanna Rizzo
Thank you to Kevin Crust, of the @latimes, for this feature. Great timing on the release. Women can & do cover sports as well as their male colleagues. I have an amazing amount of respect for many awesome women & men in my industry. Love my job, I’m lucky to have it, but I earned it. Photos: Mel Melcon. Hair/Makeup: @karinamartinmakeup. Article can be found http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/la-ca-conversation-alanna-rizzo-20171005-htmlstory.html. #Dodgers #MLBReporter #MLBHost
If you’re a Los Angeles Dodgers fan, you probably know who Alanna Rizzo is. She is the current sideline reporter for the Dodgers on SportsNet LA. It is surprising to note that Rizzo is a Colorado native, earning an M.A. in broadcast journalism in 2003 at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Rizzo started her broadcasting career as a sports anchor for many CBS Stations around the United States.
The 43-year-old had stints on CBS Wichita Falls, CBS Texas, and CBS Wisconsin. She then became a reporter for Root Sports Rocky Mountain wherein she won three Regional Emmy Awards. Rizzo then got hired by the MLB Network in 2012, working for shows such as Intentional Talk and Quick Pitch until 2013, when she got signed by SportsNet LA.
6 Siera Santos
Siera Santos is a sportscaster working for Comcast SportsNet Chicago, reporting on the Chicago White Sox and serving as an anchor for SportsNet Central. Santos has a lot of experience in sports reporting and she is also the first woman to win the award for Best Television Sports Anchor from the Broadcast Education Association. A Magna Cum Laude in Broadcast Journalism from Arizona State University, Santos started at KOAA in Colorado Springs.
Santos then got hired by KWTV in Oklahoma City where she covered the 2014 Western Conference Finals and Big 12 games of the University of Oklahoma. She followed it up with a stint as a reporter for KCBS/KCAL in Los Angeles before joining Comcast SportsNet Chicago. Santos speaks three languages, English, Spanish, and Dutch.
5 Ana Jurka
A native of Honduras, Ana Jurka currently serves as a TV presenter for a sports show on Telemundo. Jurka started as the host of Sobre Reudas, a show about cars on Canal 11 in her native country in 2004. She then got hired by Mas TV in 2007 where she worked on the show Zona Joven, a youth-oriented program focused on politics, culture, and world events.
After several more years of working for different Honduran channels such as Canal 6, Jurka decided to move to Florida with her husband, Joshua Jurka. The 32-year-old reporter was signed by Telemundo Orlando in 2012 to work on their sports show. But despite her job in the United States, Jurka returned to Honduras to host a show called Stellar Soccer.
4 MJ Acosta
MJ Acosta is one of the hosts of NBC’s Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge along with Apolo Ohno, Kelvin Washington, and Nick Swisher. Acosta is also the lead sports anchor for KNSD-TV and the NBC O&O in San Diego, California. She started her career as a dancer for Telemundo and as a cheerleader for the Miami Dolphins. After that, she worked as an anchor for Generation Nexxt Youth Sports Network for several years, reporting entirely in Spanish.
Acosta then started covering sports such as soccer, mixed martial arts, and boxing before catching her big break. She was hired as a sports and entertainment reporter by WPLG-TV, an affiliate of ABC. Acosta then got hired by NBC and the rest is history. She grew up in New York City to a Dominican father and an American mother.
3 Kate Abdo
Probably the most recognizable female sports journalist in the world, Kate Abdo has hosted the FIFA Ballon d’Or ceremony twice, in 2014 and 2015. Abdo is fluent in four languages – English, French, German, and Spanish – because she is from England but lived in France, Germany, and Spain. She also has a bachelor’s degree in European Languages from the University of Salford.
Abdo started her career in Germany, working for Sky Sports and DW-TV. She has also worked for Sky Sports in England, as well as Fox Sports in the United States. Abdo was previously married to German businessman Ramtin Abdo but she was recently spotted with former boxer and current boxing analyst, Matthew Macklin. Her favourite sport is soccer and she is a diehard fan of Manchester United.
2 Adriana Monsalve
Adriana Monsalve is one of the best female sports reporters in the world today. She may be 40 years old already but she is still appetizing to look at. Monsalve started her career as a singer in her native Venezuela before moving to the United States in 2002 to pursue acting. She appeared in several commercials and stage productions before getting hired as a sports anchor by Telemundo in Orlando.
After two years with Telemundo, Monsalve was hired by ESPN where she became the sports Anchor of ESPN Deportes, getting broadcasted in North, Central, and South America. Monsalve left ESPN in 2014 to join Univision Deportes. In just her second year with the network, Monsalve was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding On-Air Talent in Spanish.
1 Vanessa Huppenkothen
The daughter of former German footballer Dieter Huppenkothen, Vanessa was born and grew up in Mexico City with her mother but she also lived quite often in Duisburg with her father. She is fluent in both German and Spanish, and she aspired to be the Mexico ambassador in Germany. However, Vanessa was started modeling in 2007 before she got hired as a sports journalist by Mexican station Televisa Deportes in 2008.
The 32-year-old blonde stunner covered the 2008 Beijing Olympics in her first year before reporting on the Mexico National Football Team in the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups. She spent nine years with Televisa before joining ESPN Mexico last year. In regards to her personal life, Vanessa was married to private banker Juan Fernández Recamier from 2011 to 2013.