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Michele Tafoya is the sideline reporter for NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Tafoya joined NBC Sports Group in 2011, and in her first year with NBC, Tafoya was awarded the Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality – Sports Reporter.
Prior to joining NBC Sports Group, Tafoya spent more than a decade at ABC/ESPN where she saw her profile rise steadily since 2000 through a variety of on-air roles, most notably as a reporter for Monday Night Football and ESPN’s NFL studio programs.
Prior to ABC/ESPN, Tafoya worked for CBS Sports from 1994-2000 as a game reporter and studio host for NFL, college football and college basketball telecasts. In addition to hosting CBS’ late night Winter Olympics programs in 1998, she also hosted CBS’ NCAA Tournament selection show, 1998 Goodwill Games and U.S. Open coverage. She was also a WNBA commentator on Lifetime from 1997-99.
Earlier in her career, Tafoya worked as a host and Minnesota Vikings sideline reporter for KFAN-AM in Minneapolis (1994-98). During that time, she also served as a Minnesota Timberwolves host and sideline reporter for the Midwest Sports Channel and play-by-play commentator for Big Ten women’s basketball and volleyball. From 1995-1998, she was a sports anchor and reporter at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis. Prior to her roles in Minnesota, she worked for WAQS-AM in Charlotte (1993), where she was the first female analyst to call UNC-Charlotte men’s basketball games.
A native of Manhattan Beach, Calif., Tafoya graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in mass communications and earned her master’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California.
In 2014, Tafoya won the Gracie Award for Outstanding On-Air Talent in a Sports Program for her work on Sunday Night Football. The American Sportscasters Association voted Tafoya among the top female sportscasters (No. 4) in 2009, while the Davie-Brown Index ranked her among the most likeable TV sports personalities in 2006, including “Biggest Trend-Setter.” The American Women in Radio and Television honored Tafoya twice with a Gracie Award: in 2014 for “Outstanding On-Air Talent in a Sports Program” for her work as a sideline reporter on “Sunday Night Football” and in 1997 for “Outstanding Achievement by an Individual On-Air TV Personality” for her WNBA work with Lifetime.