Jenn Brown is an two time Emmy Award winning sports reporter. She currently serves as a host for NFL Network and NBC’s American Ninja Warrior.
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, NFL Draft, National Signing Day and the ESPYS. Jenn was 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. She also guest hosted SportsNation on ESPN2.
Before joining 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 also reporter ring and cage side for Showtime Sports and CBS’s boxing and mixed martial arts programing.
In the summer of 2009, Jenn co-hosted ABC’s primetime hit show The Superstars where athletes and celebrities and competed against each other in sports competitions.
In 2008, Jenn was a host at E! Entertainment working on their online news show E! News Now. In her role at E!, Jenn also appeared as an entertainment correspondent on CNN Showbiz Tonight along with Chelsea Lately.
Jenn got her start in television by hosting and producing travel shows for Bennett Productions in 2004. For three and one 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 Cannes and watched the Monaco Grand Prix from a yacht in the harbor.
NCAA COLLEGE 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 her senior year 3rd on the all-time career stolen bases list. 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, four time SEC Academic Honor Roll, National Society of Collegiate Honors, two time academic President's List and two time academic Dean's List. Jenn also started a mentoring program to help teenage girls in foster care. After graduation, Jenn applied to 17 law schools with the intention of becoming a Sports Agent, but was offered a job to host a travel show and moved to LA. To this day, Jenn has not opened any of the potential acceptance letters from law schools and her mother has them in a box at her home in Florida.
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.
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 coaches, 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 athlete 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 Athlete's 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 as well as was chosen as Miss Bishop Moore her senior year.
Jenn has an active presence in The Carrie Brown Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Jenn’s family in memory of her younger sister, Carrie. 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 on the board of Kids in the Game, a non-profit focused on inspiring kids to thrive in life through sports. Kids in the Game provides financial assistance to help youth from low-income families, youth that are physically or mentally challenged and kids that are “at-risk” gain access to sports programs.