Who is Lisa Salters?
Lisa Salters was born on 6 March 1966, in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA, and is a sports journalist, best known for her work with ESPN as she’s covered various professional sports leagues such as the National Football League (NFL). She previously worked with the ABC as a reporter, covering various high profile news and world events.
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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 gain high profile contracts. She’s traveled around the country, and abroad as a reporter on several occasions.
Early Life and Education
Lisa grew up in King of Prussia, and at a young age she showcased a strong interest in sports, and an inclination towards participating in athletic activities. She played basketball during her youth, and it led to her playing with her high school team at the Upper Merion Area High School in the Philadelphia metropolitan area, and her achievements would later on net her a Hall of Fame induction.
After matriculating, she enrolled at Penn State University where she joined the Lady Lions basketball team, playing in the guard position, actually the school’s shortest player in history as she stood at just 5ft 2ins (1.40m).
PSU is considered as one of the Public Ivies, schools with educational quality on par with 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 following her graduation she quickly gained offers to work for a major network.
In 1988 Salters joined the cast of ABC News, which she served as a correspondent based in Baltimore, until moving to Los Angeles. She served with the company for the next five years, and primarily worked on broadcasts of the program “World News Tonight” where she worked alongside Peter Jennings.
The program is the flagship evening program of ABC News and has been anchored by various high profile talents since its inception in the 1950s. During her time there, she often worked as a field reporter, appearing in location at high profile events.
One of her most notable reports during her five-year tenure was coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing and the subsequent trials. The event was a truck bombing that occurred in 1995 and killed over 160 people and leveling a good portion of the building it was set 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 friend. Other events she reported on include the TWA Flight 800 crash, and the murder of Matthew Shepard.
Moving to ESPN
In 2000, Lisa moved to ESPN as a general assignment reporter. She worked her way up in the company, and eventually became a co-producer for ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” which as the name denotes, does coverage of high-profile NFL games.
She also worked as a sideline reporter, and often appeared on the field in NFL games. Apart from American Football, she also did coverage of 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 show which tackles 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 a thorough coverage of the murder conspiracy trial of Rae Carruth, who was at the time the wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers.
ESPN also sent her on trips abroad, and she covered the FIFA Soccer World Cup held in South Korea in 2002, and the next event when it was held in Japan. In 2004, she covered the Olympic Games held in Athens, and then the 2006 Winter Olympics held in Italy.
In 2006, Lisa was assigned as the lead sideline reporter during the NBA Finals, filling in for Michele Tafoya who at the time was on maternity leave. The opportunity was successful and it led her to do more coverage of the NBA Finals when given the opportunity. She also traveled to Qatar and several war zones during the start of the Iraq War, as a part of her work for “Outside the Lines” and “SportsCenter”.
In 2007, she was put into a bit of controversy when she was covering the college football Big 12 Championship game in San Antonio. During one report, she had expressed the frustration of quarterback Chase Daniel on-air not knowing that her microphone was also broadcasting to the stadium’s PA system. This led to a bewildered Daniel who was surprised at an unexpected report about him. Salters continues to work as a part of the “Monday Night Football” , at first assigned as a full-time solo sideline reporter.
She remained with the team following a change in commentary in 2018, which saw her begin working with Booger McFarland and Joe Tessitore.
Lisa is single – she isn’t one to talk about any of her romantic endeavors, past or present. She is not married though she decided to adopt a son, and showcases a few pictures with her son from time to time on her social media accounts. Apart from her diligence with reporting, a lot of her fans know about 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.