Professional Sports Broadcaster
With her broadcast and radio career spanning almost three decades, Jeanne Zelasko is a prolific and versatile sports journalist, a true pioneer for women sportscasters, and “one of the most recognizable women working in sports television,” says the Los Angeles Times.
With her vast and intuitive knowledge of collegiate and professional sports – players, managers, stats, scores, organizations and the woven history that is behind the happenings of today, she has been tapped by such industry titans as FOX Sports, ESPN, and the MLB Network to cover the NFL, NHL, MLB, NASCAR, as well as NCAA’s College Football, Basketball and Softball.
Zelasko’s lengthy career with FOX Sports has had her as a studio host, anchor, and analyst, as well as a sideline reporter for FOX NFL Sunday covering the Super Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl broadcasts. Initially hired as a member of the original broadcast team anchoring FOX Sports Net’s National Sports Report by Ed Goren, former FOX Sports Vice Chairman, who had been a fan since her days on XTRA Sports 1150AM where she held her own again Steve Hartman and the late Chet Forte.
Goren also slotted Zelasko to cover NASCAR as the first female Pit Reporter, which also made her the first woman sportscaster to ever work the Daytona 500. “Whatever was thrown at her, she’s done extremely well,” Goren has said about this versatile sportscaster.
In 2001, Goren elevated Jeanne Zelasko to replace Kevin Olbermann as Host of the Emmy-Award winning MLB on FOX studio pregame and postgame shows alongside Kevin Kennedy. “There was no question that she was rock solid,” Goren said. “She wasn’t just reading a script; she knows what she was talking about.”
Called a “Superanchor” by the LA Daily News, this groundbreaking role made Zelasko the first woman in more than a decade to host a Major League Baseball show for a broadcast network. From the regular season, National League and American League Championships, to the All-Star Games and World Series, for almost a decade Jeanne Sandoval lead the coverage of Major League Baseball for FOX.
In 2009, Zelasko made her MLB Play-by-Play debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers, making her the first woman ever to do so for the organization. She also took on multiple roles and special assignments for the MLB Network and its MLB Tonight, as well as the DogersWIN Network working alongside former Dodger Mark Sweeney, who is served as the analyst.
“We are thrilled to welcome Jeanne to the Dodger family,” said Jamie McCourt, Dodger Chief Executive Officer said of Zelasko when he hired her. “Her track record and knowledge of the game speaks for itself.”
After a stint covering NCAA Softball Tournaments for ESPN, Zelasko joined The Beast 980AM as Co-Host of the Home Team, a popular sports talk morning-drive radio program sitting alongside five-time NBA All Star Marques Johnson. Veteran Los Angeles Times Columnist Bill Plaschke replaced Johnson and the show was renamed Plashke and Zelasko. Premiering in 2014, the program ran for 2 years until the radio station was ultimately sold to a foreign language station.
Most recently, you can catch Zelasko as a rotating host for Clippers Live, the pregame and postgame show for Los Angeles Clippers broadcasts on FOX Sports West. Clippers Live keeps fans informed and entertained with player and coach interviews and exclusive features all season long.
Multi-talented and versatile, Zelasko has also appeared in feature films, primetime and syndicated television series. She had a guest role on the CBS series Diagnosis: Murder. In 2002, she had a cameo as an Anchorwoman in the Swiss motion picture Birdseye.
She played herself in the sports comedy film Juwanna Mann, and also played the role of a sports reporter in the hilarious motion picture Fever Pitch. For several years, Zelasko filled the role of court reporter on the syndicated television series Judge Joe Brown.
Zelasko started her career in college at KDCI-TV News in San Diego anchoring the weekend newscasts and hosting a talk show on KCEO-AM. It didn’t take long for Zelasko to get noticed and she quickly moved on to Co-Host the San Diego Padre’s pregame show on FOX Sports Net West. While also working as an assignment reporter for the network, she covered a variety of sports including the NFL, NHL, college basketball and auto racing.
Jeanne Zelasko resides in a suburb outside Los Angeles with her husband, longtime ABC7 Eyewitness News Sports Anchor and Emmy Award winning journalist Curt Sandoval, along with their two children. Both Jeanne and Curt have battled cancer at different times in their lives, and with the support of their family, friends, legions of fans and the professional sports community, they are now cancer free. When they are not on the air, these dedicated parents are shuffling their highly-athletic teenagers to practice, games and competitions. They also commit much of their time and efforts to raising money and awareness for cancer-related causes, and to community outreach through their church.