Kathryn Tappen will serve as a team reporter for Pro Football Talk during NBC Sports Group’s Super Bowl XLIX coverage, her first Super Bowl assignment with NBC Sports Group. In addition, Tappen will serve as a host for NBCSN’s NHL Live coverage, which will originate on-site from “Super Bowl Central” in downtown Phoenix in the week leading into Super Bowl XLIX.
Tappen works as a host and reporter for NBC Sports Group, covering NHL Live, Football Night in America, Notre Dame Football, and more. She will join NBC Sports’ coverage from Super Bowl XLIX, and NBC Olympics’ production of the 2016 Rio Olympics and 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.
Tappen previously worked with NBC at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, hosting men’s and women’s hockey. She also hosted NBCSN’s NHL Live at times during the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals.
With seven years of experience at the NHL Network and NESN, Tappen brings her in-depth hockey knowledge and award-winning reporting skills to the NBC Sports Group’s NHL and football coverage. She serves as a host for NHL Live and NHL Overtime, and contributes as a reporter to Football Night in America and Notre Dame Football.
She joined the NHL Network in 2011 as the host of NHL Tonight, the network’s nightly highlight show. Prior to that, Tappen spent five years with the New England Sports Network where she was the lead studio host for Boston Bruins games. She was a weekend anchor as well as a weekday sports reporter at NBC affiliate, WJAR in Providence, R.I., and she began her career in 2003 at College Sports Television.
In 2006, Tappen earned an Associated Press award for her sports feature “Swim Meet.” Her sports feature reporting has been nominated for two Boston/New England Emmy Awards by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
Tappen was Academic-All American at Rutgers University (N.J.) where she was a member of the track and field and cross country team. During her career as a Scarlet Knight, she was a Big East Academic All-Star and the former record holder in the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase.
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