THE NFL TODAY
Sam Ryan joined CBS Sports in June 2006 as a contributor to the Network's NFL pre-game show, THE NFL TODAY, and the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. This year will be her fourth year as a reporter for CBS Sports' NCAA studio show, THE ROAD TO THE FINAL FOURŪ.
The past three years she served as sideline reporter for CBS Sports' coverage of Final Four and Championship Game.
She also serves as sports anchor for CBS 2 in New York. In 2009, she hosted the SEC TAILGATE show and the SEC POSTGAME SHOW for CBS COLLEGE SPORTS NETWORK. 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).
In 2006, Ryan won a New York State Broadcasters Association Award for best sportscast for her work at WCBS. 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 is an alumnus of New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury.
She also majored in communications at Hofstra University.
Ryan and her husband, Jeff, currently reside in Smithtown, N.Y., with their son, Nicklaus, 8 and daughter, Jensen, 5