Born on December 17, 1964 in Manhattan Beach, California, she joined CBS Sports in 1994 as a reporter and host for CBS Television Network's sports anthology show CBS Sports Spectacular and college basketball coverage. She got her high school education and college education in California.
Tafoya graduated from University of Southern California with a degree in business administration. She also received a B.A. in mass communications from the same university. Tafoya, first worked as a host and reporter for KFAN-AM in Minneapolis. She also worked for the Midwest Sports Channel, as a host and a sideline reporter. In the year 1994, she joined CBS Sports as a reported and host for sports anthology show CBS Sports Spectacular and college basketball coverage. There, she also served as a host of "At The Half" program. Tafoya made a history at CBS in 1996 by becoming the first woman to call television play-by-play of an NCAA tournament game. She also served as a reporter for NFL, college football and co-host of 1998 Nagano Olympics. Tafoya joined ABC Sports and ESPN in 2000. By that time, she was a well renowned sportscaster in the country. She worked as a sideline reporter for ESPN Monday Night Football from 2006 NFL Season and ABC Sports' Monday Night Football in 2004-2005. Her career was flowing smoothly, but she dragged herself in an issue back in 2003, when she poured beer over two fans at Metrodome. Later she issued a public apology for her behavior. Tafoya also worked at NBA games on ABC and ESPN. She retired from her NBA sideline reporter duty on October 21, 2008. In 2011, Tafoya left ESPN and joined NBC Sports. On May 2011, she was announced as a new sideline reporter for NBC Sunday Night Football. She replaced the then sideline reporter Andrea Kremer and re-united with her former co-worker Al Michaels.
Tafoya is a married woman. She married a financial advisor named Mark Vandersall in 2003. The couple shares 2 children, one she gave birth to in 2005 and another the couple adopted in 2007. Currently there are no rumors of her having an affair with a guy, which means, she does not have a boyfriend, as of July, 2015. The relationship with her husband is going smoothly according to some sources and the couple have a minimal chance of having a divorce in the near future.
Tafoya is active in social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook. She is a woman standing 5 feet 7 inches tall and having an estimated net worth of almost $2 million. Her annual salary is believed to be in the range of $200 thousand per year. Tafoya was given Gracie Awards for “Outstanding Achievement by an Individual On-Air TV personality” in 1997. She is also two times winner of prestigious Emmy awards for outstanding sports personality in 2011 and 2013.
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Published on: July 20, 2015
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