Jenn Brown is a two-time Emmy Award winning sports broadcaster and TV personality. A former Division I Collegiate Athlete for the University of Florida, you’ve seen her on the sidelines of the biggest college football and baseball games for ESPN. Jenn was the first female correspondent for Inside the NFL and can be regularly seen covering both boxing and MMA. She spent eight years as a reporter and host for ESPN and recently sidelined the smash-hit show American Ninja Warrior.
Most recently Jenn spent 2 years working for the NFL Network as a studio host and reporter. Prior to working with NFL Network, Brown spent 8 years as a reporter and host for ESPN. She spent 3 years reporting from the college football sidelines on ESPN’s Thursday Night Primetime Game along with ABC and ESPN’s Saturday Noon Package. She also served as a reporter for the College World Series, Little League World Series, Summer and Winter X Games, the NFL Draft, National Signing Day and the ESPYS. Jenn was also a Los Angeles based Bureau reporter for ESPN contributing interviews and reports for ESPN’s news-gathering operation for SportsCenter, College GameDay and College Football Live. She also co-hosted ESPNU’s popular college football show RoadTrip which covered the biggest college football and basketball rivalry games throughout the year.
Jenn has covered a range of sporting events including the Super Bowl, BCS National Championship Game, College Baseball World Series, the Little League World Series, NBA Finals, Monaco Grand Prix and Daytona 500.
Before ESPN, Jenn worked for Showtime Sports as the first ever female correspondent on Inside the NFL. She contributed special interest features on players as well as provided coverage of the Super Bowl and International Game in London. From 2008-2010, Jenn was also ringside and cage side reporter for Showtime Sports and CBS’s boxing and mixed martial arts programing.
In the summer of 2009, Jenn co-hosted ABC’s prime-time show The Superstars where athletes and celebrities paired up and competed against each other in various sport competitions. In 2008, Jenn was a host at E! Entertainment working on their daily online news show E! News Now. Jenn also appeared as an entertainment correspondent on CNN Showbiz Tonight and Chelsea Lately.
In 2004, Jenn got her start in television by hosting and producing travel shows for Bennett Group and HDNet. For three-and-a-half years she traveled to over 25 countries, taking viewers along on her many bold and electrifying adventures. She swam with sharks in Bora Bora, hang glided over the beaches in Brazil, paraglided off a mountain in Alaska, spent 2 weeks on a safari in Africa, cave dived in the Cenotes, swam with alligators in the Everglades, hung with the KGB in Russia, drove a Bugatti across the country in the Great America Run, drank 150 year old wine in the Ukraine, ran a 5K in Barcelona, watched Teahupoo surf contest in Tahiti from a helicopter, took surf lessons in Costa Rica, walked the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival and watched the Monaco Grand Prix from a yacht in the harbour. Viewers loved Jenn’s passion for travel and adventure and there was never a dull moment when she was around!
Over her career Jenn has been seen on NFL Network, NBC, ESPN, ABC, CBS, Showtime, E!, G4, Esquire, CNN, CMT, Direct TV, Versus and HDNet.
Brand Ambassador, Public Speaker & Philanthropist
Jenn has worked as a brand ambassador for several Fortune 500 companies over the years. She also travels the country as a motivational speaker and emcee for large events at Universities and High Schools as well as corporations and conventions.
Jenn has an active presence in many charitable organizations because she believes that it is important to give back to your community and help those that are less fortunate. Jenn, along with her mother, Created the Carrie Brown Foundation. The Carrie Brown Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created in memory of Jenn’s younger sister Carrie who was tragically killed in a car accident in 2000. The foundation was created to continue Carrie’s spirit of giving, with all proceeds going towards less fortunate children through scholarships and grants.
Jenn also serves as a board member for KIDS in The GAME. KIDS In The GAME is 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on inspiring kids to thrive in life through sports. It provides financial assistance to help youth from low-income families of all abilities gain access to after school sports programs and physical education programs in schools. KIDS in The GAME raises awareness of the importance of athletics in developing future leaders, with skills and values that transfer from the sports field into the classroom, workplace, family and community.
NCAA Career Highlights
Jenn attended the University of Florida on a full academic scholarship and played four years on the Florida Gator softball team. Making the team as a freshman walk-on and winding up its senior captain, she finished 3rd all-time in career stolen bases.
Jenn received several academic honors while at the University of Florida. She graduated Summa Cum Laude (with highest honors), was an active member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee as well as a member of the Florida Blue Key. She was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Academic All-American team, CoSIDA Academic All-District team, was a four time SEC Academic Honor Roll, a member of the National Society of Collegiate Honors, was a two time academic President’s List as well as a two time academic Dean’s List. Jenn also started a mentoring program to help teenage girls in foster care.
Jenn applied to 17 law schools with the intention of becoming a Sports Agent, but was offered a job to host a travel show. Jenn packed her bags and moved to Los Angeles, and the rest they say is history!
To this day, Jenn has not opened any of the potential acceptance letters from law schools, they sit in a box in a closet in her Mother’s house in Orlando.
High School Career Highlights
On October 14th, 2010 Jenn was inducted into Bishop Moore High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame, being recognized as an All-Around Athlete. She broke her high school’s record by earning the most varsity letters (14), by a male or female athlete.
An athlete at heart, her competitive nature began at an early age when she took up sports at 3 years old. Her parents, both former Olympic Gymnastics coaces, instilled Jenn with a passion for sports.
As a softball all-star, a Junior Olympic diver and a track and field superstar, her love for the game ultimately resulted in her breaking her high school’s record by earning the most varsity letters (14), by a male or female ahtlete while playing 7 sports in high school. She captained and played 5 sports in one year (diving, volleyball, basketball, softball and track & field) and was also chosen as one of the top 10 Athletes in Central Florida her senior year.
In addition to excelling in athletics in high school, Jenn served as class president, was on the honor roll every year, completed over 150 hours of service within her community.
A Word From Jenn
When Jenn was inducted into her high school hall of fame, here’s the advice she gave the student-athletes:
“When I was in high school and college I wish someone had sat me down and told me to really enjoy all of the special moments AS they happen and make sure I take it all in. I know it seems like something so obvious to do, but looking back, I realize that I kind of took for granted my life as it was happening and I was always focusing on tomorrow. See when you get older, you will find that life starts to fly by…and a lot of the time, it’s not until a moment has passed, that you look back and realize how truly special it was. So my advice to you is simple: Be sure you enjoy and remember TODAY, because those moments will be memories before you know it.”
– Jenn Brown