Nicole Zaloumis Brings Experience and Strong Female Presence to NFL Network

Mark Staffieri@@MarkStaff100Contributor IIJune 24, 2013

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Serving as the co-host of NFL AM on the NFL Network, Nicole Zaloumis provides close to a decade of sports journalism experience. Following in the footsteps of renowned female sports reporters such as Pam Oliver, Lisa Guerrero and Erin Andrews, she is quickly making her mark as a highly respected and knowledgeable personality.

Her first brush covering the NFL came in 2004 while working in her first major media market. As the weekend sports anchor at WRC-TV in Washington, DC, she also hosted a weekly show on the Washington Redskins. She would also cover the Arizona Cardinals (along with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Suns) as a weekend anchor for ABC 15 in Phoenix.

In addition, Zaloumis (whose birth name is Sarah) has also worked for The Big Ten Network providing sideline reporting for their football games. Other stints included coverage for the Comcast SportsNet regional networks in the Bay Area and in New England.

Since July 30, 2012, Zaloumis has brightened mornings for NFL fans on a daily basis. Joined by Steve Wyche, Eric Davis and Mark Kriegel, she provides fans with their daily dose of NFL coverage through news reports, analysis and thoughtful debate and discussion.

Like Chris Berman with NFL Primetime on ESPN and James Brown with the NFL Today on CBS, Zaloumis looks comfortable and confident in her role as anchor of NFL AM. While there is no denying that Zaloumis is attractive, she is far from just eye candy. Her experience covering NFL teams for almost a decade gives her remarkable credibility.

One of the most emotional moments in her career actually involved basketball. It happened early in her career when she worked in Medford, Oregon. Kyle Singler, who would go on to be a Duke Blue Devils basketball player, had lost the Oregon state high school championship game. After the game, Zaloumis had to interview a tearful and distraught Singler. Since that moment, she has followed his career with interest.

While NFL AM mixes celebrity appearances and the odd bit of comedy (such as the Caption This and the Say What segments), Zaloumis is the glue that holds the broadcast together. Complemented by great interviews with NFL stars, the broadcast is a great alternative to other programs on rival sports networks.

Not only does she mesh well with the other co-hosts and bring great experience to the anchor position, but the show is still fresh and lively in the off-season. Whether it is debating the NFL Top 100, free agent signings or predictions, NFL AM is quickly serving as the perfect complement to the NFL Network’s Total Access evening broadcasts.

On a personal note, Mike Jones, a former first round pick of the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2001 Major League Baseball draft is her husband. In nine minor league seasons, Jones (who was plagued by numerous injuries) accumulated 31 wins and an ERA of 3.75.

Zaloumis also displayed great candor as she discussed her husband’s career on a recent broadcast. It was connected to the NFL Rookie Symposiums being held, and she talked about how her husband’s injuries impacted his career. She emphasized how NFL rookies need to prepare for injuries and consider life after football.

The NFL Network has a gem in Zaloumis. Not only does her knowledge of the game give her credibility among her female peers, but her on-air presence will serve as crucial in getting more women interested in following the NFL. Although the rest of the NFL AM panel is filled with men, Zaloumis has proven she can hold her own with the big boys, a key quality that any female football fan can admire.  


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