Zelasko Lands Her Dream Job

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Zelasko lands her dream job

By SHARON GINN

© St. Petersburg Times, published June 1, 2001

Keith Olbermann’s departure from Fox this month provided the opportunity of a lifetime for Jeanne Zelasko.

Keith Olbermann’s departure from Fox this month provided the opportunity of a lifetime for Jeanne Zelasko.

Fox has snatched Zelasko out of the NASCAR pits and elevated her to Olbermann’s old job as the network’s major-league baseball host. Zelasko will do pregame and post-game coverage alongside Kevin Kennedy, the former Rangers and Red Sox manager. Kennedy will provide analysis and deliver breaking news.

Zelasko has been an NFL sideline reporter and in February took over as one of Fox’s pit reporters at Winston Cup races.

“Whatever was thrown at her, she’s done extremely well,” Fox Sports president Ed Goren said. “There had never been a female working the Daytona 500 on television. By the time we left Daytona, Jeanne had earned her stripes.”

Zelasko, 34, is the first woman in more than a decade to host major-league baseball for a network. (Gayle Gardner did it for NBC in 1989.) “I have a special place in my heart for baseball, so I couldn’t be happier,” she said. “I don’t look at it like I’m carrying some kind of torch (for female announcers). … I don’t approach the job that way. I just kind of do my thing.”

Fox, which is in its first season as MLB’s sole broadcast network, begins its weekly game coverage Saturday.

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