Michele Tafoya Biography

Michele Tafoya is an American broadcaster and TV personality and she is mostly known for doing sport casting work for various networks. She is currently employed for the NBC Sports network and is featured in the sideline report for NBC Sunday Night Football.  Michele is a living legend, in a way, as she is the first woman to do the play-by-play report during an NCAA tournament. Besides this she would also go on and achieve many other important thigs in the field of broadcasting and sports.

After finishing her studies in Minnesota and after dabbling with some smaller local work, she got her first important role for CBS Sports. Michele started working for the CBS network in 1994 and where she mainly did commentary on college basketball through “At the Half,” but also covered US Open Tennis Championship in 1994, which was also her on-air debut. Her good work led her to become the first woman to do a play-by-play report on an NCAA tournament, after which she was honored by a Gracie Award for “Outstanding Achievement by an Individual On-Air TV Personality” and it came for her coverage of the WNBA game. Besides this, Tafoya also covered college football, NFL, the 1998 National Championship Orange Bowel but also the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano.


Michele Tafoya (2013)

She would crossover to ESPN in 2000 and she begin working as a sideline reporter for the ESPN Monday Night Football since 2006. Besides that she would also be the ABC Sports’ Monday Night Football between 2004 and 2005. While there she would also co-host the Mike Tirico show, cover the Super Bowel XL and also do the coverage for the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000. Her soaring popularity along the years lead Michele to reach most likeable TV sports personalities number one spot based on the Davie-Brown index. After the end of the 2010-2011 NFL season she would make the cross and join NBC Sports.

Net Worth and Salary Michele Tafoya

Michele Tafoya has really had a very busy career and she managed to reach the heights and set standards which other women reporters have only dreamt of. This has let her to forget about her personal life for a time, but now when she has done it all and managed to achieve everything she is getting back to spend more time with her family as she says that she has sacrificed enough. Nevertheless, she still makes 200.000 dollars a month as her salary is stated and has an estimated net worth of 2 million dollars.

Partner and Family


Michele Tafoya with her husband Mark Vandersall

Although professionally Michele is still referred to as Michele Tafoyra, personally she bears the name of Michele Tafoya Vandersall. Michele married Mark Vandersall in 2000. Mark is a Minneapolis-based financial advisor and is the co-founder of Hub Names LLC. They have been married for a 17 years now and have had a very good stint as it has never been rumored that they had an affair nor that neither of them cheated during the marriage. They even had two children together, first a boy which Michele gave birth to at the age of 40, which she was really scared to do as she was afraid of miscarriage. The second child they adopted as two years later they got a baby girl. Their family is living together very happily in Edina, Minnesota now.

Michele Tafoya Age

Michele Tafoya is 52 years old currently and she was born on December 17, 1964 in Manhattan Beach, California. But she spent most of her life in Minnesota where she is living now. She attended the University of California, Berkley where she graduated with a BA in mass communications and got her master’s degree in business administration at the University of Southern California. As her early career she worked as a reporter and a host on KFAN-AM in Minneapolis. She also worked on WAQS-AM in Charlotte under a pseudonym Mickey Conley. There she also became the first female analyst to call the UNC-Charlotte men’s basketball games


Michele Tafoya on NBC

Height and Weight

Michele Tafoya has recently admitted that she has been suffering from anorexia when she was a young girl. This led her to have all sorts of problems caused by her eating disorder. But luckily she did manage to overcome it and is not healthy and does not have any problems with her weight. She is now 60 kg and her height is 5 feet and 7 inches.

Is Michele Tafoya a Lesbian?

As rumors often go, some stated that Michele Tafoya was a lesbian. This is of course not true and we have never seen any pictures or heard any news that she might be into woman. She is a happily married woman now and enjoys her life with her husband and their two children, which confirms her sexuality.


Michele Tafoya with her kids

Nationality and Ethnicity

Michele Tafoya is an American newscaster and she is also Caucasian by ethnicity.

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Born:,December 17. 1964.
Profession:,American Sportscaster
Net Worth:,$ 2 million
Salary:,$ 200.000 per month
Hair Color:, Brown Dark
Eye Color:, Brown
Height:,5 feet and 7 inches
Weight:,60 kg
Married to:,Mark Vandersall
Affair with:,N/A
Children:,2 (son and daughter)
Birth Sign:,Sagittarius
Education:,University of California – Berkeley and University of Southern California

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