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Michele Tafoya Vandersall is a veteran American sportscaster. Michele Tafoya Vandersall is famous as the on-air reporter of NBC Sports, predominantly featuring as a sideline reporter on NBC 'Sunday Night Football'. Her astonishing career has touched almost every big stations and networks of America that includes ABC, NBC, and CBS.

Quick Info:

  • Birthday: December 17, 1964 (age 53)
  • Ethnicity: White
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Sportscaster

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1. Family and Personal Life

Michele Tafoya Vandersall is wife of financial analyst husband and mother of two kids. She had four miscarriages before she finally gave birth to a son.

Born on December 17, 1964, Tafoya grew up in a middle-class family in Manhattan Beach, California. Her late father Orlando with whom she enjoyed watching sports was an engineer and sports-obsessed- basically the TV in her home tuned into every other match and tournaments. Tafoya as well, loved sports, she pliably cheered and took fandom for San Francisco 49ers which perplexed and confused her friends.

Given the love for sports, teenaged Tafoya played basketball for quite a time but she never played competitive tournaments. By the time 27, she was graduated from University of California with B.A. in mass communication. After which she earned her master’s in business administration from the University of Southern California. While Tafoya was studying remarkably, she was also watching the sports industry very closely.

Talking about her personal life, Tafoya is living an ecstatic life with financial analyst husband Mark Vandersall and two kids. Vandersall who was previously a basketball player for the University of Minnesota was introduced to Tafoya by a common friend.

Tafoya who is now mother to two kids has undergone four miscarriages. After the heartbreaking loss of four kids, Tafoya finally gave birth to son Tyler. She has also adopted a daughter.

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  • Parents: Orlando Tafoya
  • Husband: Mark Vandersall
  • Children: 2
  • Marital Status: Married

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2. Body Measurements and Lifestyle

Michele Tafoya Vandersall, the NBC sportscaster is blessed with perfect body measurements. Besides, she is as energetic and frisky as she was during the day when she started her career.

The nimble veteran of NBC Sports, Michele Tafoya looks scintillating whether it’s on-air or off-air. In case of Tafoya, it seems like age has just stopped to a number. Even at her 50s, she’s sparkling and energetic than any other co-friends on the business. Moreover, her beautiful dark brown eyes and shiny brown hair goes very nice with her looks and personality.

Most of the time Tafoya is busy with her ongoing projects and works but whenever she is not working she goes for an outing with her kids.

Quick Info:

  • Height: 5 feet 9 inches                   
  • Weight: 62 kg
  • Body Measurements: 36-25-35 inches
  • Bra Size: 32B

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3. Professional Career

Michele Tafoya Vandersall is currently working as NBC sideline reporter for Sunday Night Football. She has also served some big media houses and networks including CBS and ABC.

Career Timeline:

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.

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4. Salary and Net Worth 2018

Michele Tafoya Vandersall, a well-known reporter of NBC has an estimated net worth of $2 million.

Michele Tafoya, a renowned sportscaster and NBC sideline reporter has earned an estimated $2 million net worth from her astounding career. Her annual salary is calculated $200k which she has entirely earned from the career in the television.

Quick Info: 

  • Net Worth: $2 million
  • Salary: $200k

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