Kathryn Tappen serves as co-host of NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the NHL, including NHL Live and NHL Overtime. In addition, Tappen works as a reporter for NBC Sports Group’s coverage of Notre Dame Football, Football Night in America, the Summer and Winter Olympics, and more. She also served as a reporter for NBC Sports’ coverage from Super Bowl XLIX, the most-watched program in U.S. television history.
With eight 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.
Tappen 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 2014, Tappen was honored with the “Woman of Inspiration” award by the Boston, Mass. chapter of WISE, for her values of leadership and mentorship in paving the way for women in the sports industry. Tappen also earned an Associated Press award in 2006 for her sports feature “Swim Meet.” Her sports feature reporting has also been nominated for two Boston/New England Emmy Awards by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
Prior to her broadcasting career, Tappen was an 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.
In addition to her work on air, Tappen is also involved in the MARSOC Foundation, which provides benevolent support to active duty and medically retired U.S. Marine Corp. personnel and their families who lost their lives in service to our nation.