Who is Lisa Salter?
Born on March 6, 1966 in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA, Lisa Salters is a sports journalist, best known for her work for ESPN, as she has covered several professional sports leagues such as the National Football League (NFL). She previously worked at the ABC as a reporter covering various high profile news and world events.
The Wealth of Lisa Salters
As of early 2020, Lisa Salters net worth is estimated to be over $2 million, earned through a successful career in sports journalism. Her work with ESPN has helped her land high-profile contracts. She traveled around the country and abroad several times as a reporter.
Early life and education
Lisa grew up in King of Prussia and showed a strong interest in sports at a young age and an inclination to participate in athletic activities. She played basketball throughout her childhood, and it led to her playing with her high school team at Upper Merion Area High School in the Philadelphia metropolitan area, and her accomplishments would later earn her a Hall of Fame induction.
After graduating from college, she enrolled at Penn State University, where she joined the Lady Lions basketball team and played in the guard position, actually the school’s shortest player in history, as she was only 5 ft 2 in (1.40 m). inches) wash.
PSU is considered one of the Public Ivies, schools with an educational quality comparable to that of the prestigious Ivy League, and has one of the largest student populations of any university in the US. She completed a degree in broadcast journalism and soon after graduating she started receiving offers to work for a major network.
In 1988, Salters joined the cast of ABC News, serving as a Baltimore correspondent until she moved to Los Angeles. She served with the company for the next five years, working primarily on broadcasts of the “World News Tonight” program, working alongside Peter Jennings.
The program is ABC News’ premier evening program and has been anchored by several high-profile talents since its inception in the 1950s. During her time there, she often worked as a field reporter and appeared on location at high-profile events.
One of her most notable reports during her five-year tenure was coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing and subsequent trials. The event was a truck bombing that took place in 1995 that killed more than 160 people and razed much of the building it was to destroy. Before the 2001 attacks, it was considered the deadliest terrorist attack in the country’s history.
She also covered the high-profile trial of former professional football player OJ Simpson after he was charged with the murder of his ex-wife and her boyfriend. Other events she reported on included the crash of TWA Flight 800 and the murder of Matthew Shepard.
Moving to ESPN
In 2000, Lisa moved to ESPN as a general assignments reporter. She worked her way up in the business, eventually becoming a co-producer of ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” which, as the name implies, covers high-profile NFL games.
She also worked as a sideline reporter and often appeared on the field in NFL games. In addition to American Football, she also covered the National Basketball Association (NBA) in ESPN’s partnership with her former employer ABC.
She is also one of the correspondents of the program “E:60”, a news magazine covering various issues and news in sports. Over the years, her reports have earned her nominations and awards, including a Sports Emmy Award. She was responsible for providing ESPN with thorough coverage of the murder trial of Rae Carruth, who was the wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers at the time.
ESPN also sent her on trips abroad, and she covered the 2002 FIFA Soccer World Cup held in South Korea, and the following event when it was held in Japan. In 2004 she covered the Athens Olympics and then the 2006 Winter Olympics in Italy.
In 2006, Lisa was appointed as the lead reporter during the NBA Finals, replacing Michele Tafoya who was on maternity leave at the time. The chance was successful and it led her to do more coverage of the NBA Finals when she got the chance. She also traveled to Qatar and various war zones during the beginning of the Iraq War as part of her work for “Outside the Lines” and “SportsCenter”.
In 2007, she drew controversy when she covered San Antonio’s college football Big 12 Championship game. During a report, she had voiced the frustration of quarterback Chase Daniel on the air, unaware that her microphone was also broadcasting to the stadium’s PA system. This led to a stunned Daniel being surprised by an unexpected report about him. Salters continues to work as part of the “Monday Night Football”, initially assigned as a full-time solo assistant reporter.
She remained with the team after a commentary change in 2018, which saw her begin working with Booger McFarland and Joe Tessitore.
Lisa is single – she’s not one to talk about her romantic endeavors, past or present. She is not married, although she decided to adopt a son, and occasionally shows a few pictures with her son on her social media accounts. Aside from her diligence with reporting, many of her fans know her witty personality, often making comedic or sarcastic remarks at some of the games she covers. She now lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her son.