Sam Ryan joins CBS Sports and WCBS-TV, it was announced today by Tony Petitti, Executive Vice President and Executive Producer, CBS Sports and Peter Dunn, President and General Manager, WCBS-TV – New York. Ryan will serve as a contributor to CBS Sports’ coverage of THE NFL ON CBS and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, and will serve as weekend sports anchor and reporter for CBS 2.
“We are delighted to have Sam Ryan join our team,” said Petitti. “She is a versatile host, reporter and broadcaster. Her wide-ranging experience in covering the Stanley Cup Playoffs, World Series, the Olympics, college football, and other major sporting events will serve her well in her new position at CBS Sports.”
“Ryan is a seasoned reporter and sports enthusiast with a diverse background and vast knowledge of the sports world,” said Dunn. “Her reporting and delivery is a welcome addition to the CBS 2 news team.”
Ryan joined ESPN in 2003, serving as sideline reporter for ESPN and ESPN2’s coverage of the National Hockey League playoffs, including the Stanley Cup Finals on ESPN and ABC. In 2004, she added reporting duties for ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball telecasts. Ryan also has served as a college football sideline reporter for ABC since September 2002, as well as fill-in reporter for the 2005 Monday Night Football season.
Before joining ESPN and ABC Sports, Ryan worked as a sports anchor and reporter for WABC-TV. In addition, she also has reported for WFAN radio in New York, News 12 Long Island, N.Y., WVIT Hartford, Conn., and Fox Sports Net New York, where she served as a reporter and anchor for the “New York Sports Report.”
During her career, Ryan has reported on many diverse sporting events, including 2005 Monday Night Football on ABC, Super Bowl XL pre-game (ABC), the Little League World Series (2003-05), the 1996 Summer Olympics (ABC Radio Network), the 2000 Subway Series between the Yankees and the Mets (FOX Sports NY and Madison Square Garden Network) and women’s college basketball (FOX Sports). She won a local New York Emmy Award in 1999 for “Outstanding Series Feature” and garnered a local Associated Press Award in 2000.
In addition to her on-air work, Ryan is a national spokesperson for the March of Dimes, helping to generate awareness of its Prematurity Campaign.
Ryan and her husband, Jeff, currently reside in Smithtown, N.Y., with their son, Nicklaus, 4 and daughter, Jensen, 1.