1998: Winter Olympics Late-Night Host
1994–1999: NCAA on CBS Sideline Reporter
1998: NFL on CBS Sideline Reporter
2000–2003: ESPN College Football sideline reporter
2002–2003: Monday Night Countdown reporter
2004–2011: Monday Night Football Sideline Reporter
2002–2008: NBA on ABC and NBA on ESPN Sideline Reporter
2009–2012: WCCO Radio Afternoon Drive Host
2011–present: NBC Sunday Night Football Sideline Reporter
From perched at the kitchen in Edina to the global platform, Tafoya has walked a long way this whole time to build an astonishing career. Below 30, she landed to her first professional gig at KFAN sports radio, predominantly covering the women’s basketball newscasts.
After some time with KFAN, she started working as a drive-time host for WAQS-AM in Charlotte where she earned a nickname Mickey Conley. Silently, the name became world famous as a brilliant host and reporter in the field of sports.
From there she served Midwest Sports Channel as a sideline reporter and host for Minneapolis, Minnesota based basketball team ‘Minnesota Timberwolves’. After the sturdy foot in the business, she became more sought after.
The next station for this Californian girl was CBS network where she presented sports anthology program ‘CBS Sports Spectacular’ and ‘College Basketball’. She continued to make great treads for women with her ambitious projects. In fact, she made the history by placing herself, the first woman to call television play-by-play of an NCAA tournament.
Tafoya is one of the most sorted journalists in the world; she carries several works and projects together without letting an excuse and spoiling someone’s hard work. It was evident when she carefully managed her time while reporting for NFL games and hosting late night show of 1998 Nagano Olympics with Al Trautwig in Nagano.
To add few more assignments to her list was NCAA Tournament show which includes Goodwill Games and U.S. Open Tennis Championships. At the fall of 1999, people read that Tafoya has resigned from CBS to whom she served more than five years.
The resignation was a good call from Tafoya as her resume steadily peaked up from there with plenty of on-air roles. She immediately made a contract with ABC Sports and ESPN. As per the agreement, Tafoya served both the networks as a sideline reporter-ESPN Monday Night Football preliminary in 2006 NFL Season and ABC’s ‘Monday Night Football’ in 2004-2005.
Tafoya’s experience in the business spoke for her once again when she was assigned ESPN’s Mike Tirico’. With diverse work assignments in the hand, she pushed herself to the off-limits finishing the work. During 2000 Sydney Olympics, NBC Sports also loaned her as a host for Rhythmic Gymnastics and play-by-play woman for softball. Before resigning from her work as ahead of NBA sideline reporter, Tafoya helped in coverage of NBA games.
A synonymous for professionalism, she was sighs of relief for ESPN after working as a substitute host for the sports show ‘Pardon the Interruption’ and a panelist on talk show ‘The Sports Reporters II’. The supremely talented Tafoya has several other ESPN roles that include calling ‘WNBA’ game, anchoring skiing and reporting college basketball show. Unstoppable, she also worked as a correspondent for SportsCenter and Outside the Lines.
Prior to her work in NBC, she has also worked as a host for WCCO-AM and KQRS-FM. In the mid of 2011, Tafoya replaced Andrea Kremer to become the sideline reporter for NBC Sunday Night Football.