Gold Zone & Gymnastics Host

Alex Flanagan returns for her fifth Olympics with NBC Sports Group serving as a Gold Zone and gymnastics host during the Olympic Games in Rio.

Flanagan  handles sideline reporting duties for NFL Network’s coverage of its Thursday night games. Flanagan has been a host and reporter for numerous programs on the NFL Network since 2006.  Flanagan formerly served as  NBC Sports Group’s veteran sideline reporter for Notre Dame Football games, and reporter for NBC’s Football Night in America. In February of 2012, she was teamed with Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya as a sideline reporter for NBC’s broadcast of Super Bowl XLVI.  She served in the same role for NBC’s broadcast of Super Bowl XLIII.

Prior to joining NBC, Flanagan worked at ESPN where she spent five years reporting from the college football sidelines. She also served as a sideline reporter for the College World Series, the Women’s Tennis Association’s Tour Championships and the NCAA women’s basketball tournament. As a reporter for SportsCenter she covered the NBA playoffs, MLB spring training and the NCAA’s Men’s basketball tournament. While at ESPN she also did a weekly segment for NFL Monday Night Countdown and served as a co-host of the Home Depot College Football Awards and ESPN Classic Road shows.

Before joining ESPN, Flanagan worked for the FOX Sports Network. She was the featured reporter on The Keith Olbermann Evening News, served as a reporter for The National Sports Report and was a producer/reporter on the Emmy-nominated weekly sports investigative magazine show Goin’Deep.

A native of Sonoita, Ariz., Flanagan graduated from the University of Arizona.