Michele Tafoya Vandersall is an American sportscaster. Currently, she is working for NBC Sports as a reporter. Previously, she has worked for several high profile media houses including ABC Sports, ESPN, and CBS Sports.
Tafoya was born on December 17, 1964, in Manhattan Beach, California. since her early age, she used to watch sports alongside her father Orlando Tafoya who attended several sports event at Kezar Stadium. At 23, she graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication. In 1991, she under graduated from the University of Southern California.
She married to Mark Vandersall, private wealth advisor Ameriprise Finance in 2000. In 2005, Tafoya got the privilege to be a mother. The couple had also adopted a baby girl and residing happily at Edina, Minnesota. No rumors regarding their divorce have been heard.
Lifestyle and Measurements
Tafoya is a beautiful journalist with the radiant mind. She seems absolutely energetic and youthful while flaunting her long sexy legs with short skirts. Her height is 5 feet 9 inches whereas body measurements are 36-25-35 inches. She is very trendy when it comes to dressing and hairstyles.
Her astonishing figure is maintained through regular work out and games. She likes to score in basketball since her childhood days. She loves her family very much and spends much of her time with them. This charming sportscaster doesn’t mind spending money for her cosmetics and wardrobe.
At the beginning, Tafoya worked for KFAN in Minneapolis, as an anchor and reporter of Minnesota Vikings and University of Minnesota women’s basketball broadcast. She became the first female analyst to entitle UNC-Charlotte men’s basketball games while working for WAQS-AM in Charlotte.
She also operated as a sideline reporter and host of Minnesota Timberwolves for Midwest Sports Channel. While working there, she became a commentator of Women’s Big Ten basketball and volleyball. Besides that, she served for three years as a sportscaster plus reporter at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis.
In September 1994, CBS Sports announced that Tafoya as its reporter and host of sports compilation program CBS Sports Spectacular and College Basketball. Later, she also anchored for At The Half and covered College Football matches. Her on-air debut was at 1994 U.S. Open Tennis Championship. There she established herself as a first woman to call television play-by-play of a NCAA tournament game.
Additionally, she served as reporter of NFL that includes the 1998 National Championship Orange Bowl, late-night host of the 1998 Nagano Olympics in Nagano alongside her co-host Al Trautwig. She resigned at Cin at the fall of 1999, after serving five years for the network. Prior to her resignation, she hosted CBS’ NCAA Tournament selection program, Goodwill Games, and the U.S. Open Tennis Championship coverage.
In January 2000, she signed a contract with ESPN and ABC Sports where she worked as a sideline reporter for ESPN Monday Night Football starting in 2006 NFL Season. She co-anchored for show Mike Tirico on ESPN radio. At ABC Sports, she was a sideline reporter for Monday Night Football from 2004-2005. Besides that, she along with sideline reporter Suzy Kolber covered Super Bowl XL in Detroit.
She moved to NBC Sports for reporting Rhythmic Gymnastics the 2000 Sydney Olympics as well as the play-by-play woman for softball. Tafoya also previously worked as chief NBA sideline reporter on ABC and ESPN and resigned from her position on 21 October 2008.
She also became fill-in anchor of Pardon the Interruption and panelist for The Sports Reporter II. Her other roles in ESPN were calling WNBA games, presenting Skiing telecasts and reporting of ESPN’s college basketball selection. She also worked in SportsCenter and Outside the Lines as a correspondent.
She left ESPN at the end of the 2010-2011 NFL Season for joining NBC Sports. Tofaya also served for WCCO-AM as a new evening drive time talk radio anchor on June 1, 2009, which stopped on January 27, 2012. She is working as a sideline reporter for NBC Sunday Night Football with Al Michaels since 4 May 2011. Apart from NBC, she worked as co-anchor of The KQ Morning Show for KQRS-FM with Tom Barnard on 8 September 2016.
Achievements and Awa
Tafoya is the notable face in Sports journalism. She has won Sports Emmy Award in 2012 and 2014 respectively. Moreover, she has been nominated thrice for the same award. She was also honored with Gracie Award for “Outstanding Achievement by an Individual On-Air TV Personality” especially for her WNBA work.
Net Worth and Salary
Extremely talented and inspirational, Michele Tafoya's estimated net worth is around $2 million. Her salary consists of huge amount of $200k per annum. Being an eminent and proficient journalist, she has collected million of dollars to her net worth. The million dollar she has collected is the outcome of her hard work and diligence toward his profession.