Who is Michele Tafoya?
Michele Tafoya is a retired American sportscaster and former analyst best known for her work as a sideline reporter for NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Initially, she began her career as a host and reporter for Minneapolis’ KFAN-AM radio station.
Additionally, Tafoya has also served as a reporter on KFAN-AM, ABC Sports, and ESPN before joining NBC Sports in 2011.
Profile of Michele Tafoya
|Full Name||Michele Joan Tafoya Vandersall|
|Popular As||Michele Tafoya|
|Birthdate||17th December, 1964|
|Place of Birth||Manhattan Beach, California, USA|
|Profession||Sportscaster, Former Analyst, Radio Host|
|Race / Ethnicity||Mixed|
|University||University of California & University of Southern California|
|Age||58 Years Old|
|Height||5’6” (167 cm)|
|Parents||Orlando Tafoya (Father) & Wima Conley Tafoya (Mother)|
|Children||Tyler Vandersall & Olivia Vandersall|
|Net Worth||$2 Million|
Michele Tafoya is a well-recognized figure in the sports broadcasting industry. She hails from the United States and is widely recognized for her association with NBC Sports as a sideline reporter.
Early-life, Education & Family Background
Michele Joan Tafoya was born on 17th December, 1964 in Manhattan Beach, California, USA. As of 2022, she is 58 years old while her star sign is Sagittarius. In addition, she is the daughter of Orlando Tafoya and Wima Conley Tafoya and holds mixed ethnic ancestry. Apparently, her father was a civil engineer while her mother taught at South Bay Union High School.
In regards to her academic background, Michele received her education from the University of California, where she graduated in 1988. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication under her belt. Eventually, she enrolled at the University of Southern California where she earned her master’s degree in Business Administration in 1991.
Michele Tafoya’s Professional Career
Soon-after her University graduation, Michele commenced her career reporting the Minnesota Vikings and women’s basketball at the University of Minnesota. Ever since, she has worked with various of sports news outlets, including ABC Sports, CBS Sports, CBS Sports Spectacular, ESPN, NBC Sports, and KQRS Radio.
Nonetheless, she also covered men’s basketball for UNC-Charlotte and was the first female analyst in the program’s history. Eventually, Michele worked for CBS in 1994, where she covered college basketball for ‘CBS Sports Spectacular’. However, Tafoya parted with CBS after five years with the network in 1999.
Later on, she began working for ESPN and ABC Sports in January 2000 and remained there until 2011. After that, she worked for NBC since May 4, 2011, as a permanent sideline reporter for NBC Sunday Night Football.
In parallel to her TV journalism, Michele serves as a radio host. In 2009, she was hired as a reporter for ‘WCCO-AM’. Besides, she has also served as the night co-host of the Nagano Olympics in 1998. Likewise, she has also covered swimming events at the Summer Olympics. In addition, in the year 2018, she served as a reporter for Super Bowl LII.
Further, has also presented a number of events, including CBS NCAA Tournament Selection coverage, Goodwill Games, and coverage of the US Open Tennis Championship.
After her reporting from Super Bowl 56, Michele shockingly proclaimed that she will be exiting Sunday Night Football and NBC. Meanwhile, many believe that one of the prime reasons for her departure was her controversial appearance on “The View.” Michele, on the other hand, claimed that it wasn’t the reason because she had already planned to leave her position as a sportscaster in order to make a fresh start.
Honors & Achievements
Michele Tafoya is a two-time recipient of ‘Emmy Awards’ for Outstanding Sports Personality- Sports Reporter. Accordingly, she received the award in the year 2012 and 2014.
Tafoya’s Personal-life & Relationships
Michele Tafoya is married to her beloved husband, Mark Vandersall since 13th May, 2000. As per insiders, the couple dated for 7 years before tying the nuptials and has been married for over two decades now. Meanwhile, her husband is an American Private Wealth Advisor.
In addition, she is a mother of two, having given birth to her son Tyler in 2005. According to media reports, Michele and her husband struggled to have a child, so they went to adoption and adopted their daughter Olivia in 2007. Currently, Michele resides in Edina, Minnesota, with her family.
Tafoya measures 5 feet 6 inches (167 cm) tall and weighs around 62 kilograms. Additionally, her brown hair as well as brown eye color personifies her appearance.
Social Media Handles of Michele Tafoya
Michele has her personal Facebook and Twitter accounts, both of which have a significant following. Specifically, she has more than 24k followers on her personal Facebook account whereas she does not seem to be active on Instagram.
Net Worth of Michele Tafoya
Michele has successfully garnered recognition as well as fortune through her journalism career. The net worth of Michele Tafoya as of 2022 is projected to be around $2 million. Meanwhile, the average annual income of Tafoya as a sportscaster is expected to be over $200 thousand.