Katie Osborne is an American sportscaster and reporter, who became well-known to the viewing public especially the motorsports and automotive enthusiasts, when she hosted “PowerNation TV.”
Early life and family
Katie Osborne was born on 31 July 1987, in Indianapolis, Indiana USA, to Catholic parents, Brad and Meg who celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary in March 2020. She was raised along with her siblings, Rob and Scott, in Carmel north of Indianapolis. Meg, a cancer survivor, was a high school teacher and swim coach for more than three decades. Brad was a residential realtor for 42 years, and in 2015, he became a school bus driver, which he considers as a bucket-list job.
In 2008, Meg became the founder and president of Meg and Associates, an event planning and marketing company that organizes mostly fundraising events for charities in the Indianapolis area. Brad is one of the vice-presidents of the company.
Her older brother, Rob, is married and has a son named Aiden James, whom she has a fondness for. Her younger brother nicknamed Scottie is into sculpture and illustration arts and design. One only needs to look into her social media posts to know they are close as a family. Despite their busy schedules, they always make time to be together, and not just on special occasions or when celebrating milestones. Her parents are vocal about how proud they are of Katie’s achievements.
Her grandfather on her mother’s side was Ralph F. Gates, the 37th governor of Indiana from 1945 to 1949.
Katie matriculated from Heritage Christian School in Indianapolis in 2006. She attended the University of Iowa for Sports and Health Studies to major in journalism for one year (2006-2007) in which she became a member of the swimming and diving team. Then she transferred and eventually graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Communication-Broadcast from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2010, in which she was part of the Student Foundation Steering Committee. During her university years, she became involved in the dance marathon student organization, that supports young cancer patients and their families, as well as a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority.
While attending university, she worked as an administrative assistant at St. Vincent’s Sports Performance center for year (2007-2008), followed by a seven-month client service internship at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home to the Brickyard 400 and Indianapolis 500. Her first experience in sports reporting came in January 2008, when she became part of the NIKE field reporter program that lasted for almost two years.
In 2009 she worked for a short while as a unit marketing director for the American fast food restaurant, Chick-fil-a, and then from 2010 to 2011 as a sports intern at Sports-TV Channel 8, as an in-game TV host for Pacers Sports and Entertainment, and the host and content producer of “In the Passenger Seat” for IndyCar, an open wheel racing series.
Katie continued honing her skills in sports reporting, as she worked as a sideline reporter and host from 2011 to 2013 for various sporting events and shows, including the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, USA Swimming Indianapolis Grand Prix, Speed’s AMA Supercross, and Indianapolis Colts (American Football) pre-game shows.
Katie kept a busy schedule working as a TV reporter and host for ESPN, NBS Sports, Fox Sports, and other sports networks, with which she gained not just experience but also a wider audience. She was the executive producer and host for the X Games/Global Rallycross web content, and produced a radio show that was affiliated with it. In 2014 she became the host for Fox Sports baseball San Diego “PadresPOV” weekly, and served as the occasional sideline reporter for Padres telecasts.
It was in 2015 that she covered the “TORC: The Off-Road Championship” series as a trackside reporter for Fox Sports.
One of the biggest breaks that came her way was hosting “PowerNation TV,” which mainly caters to automotive enthusiasts as it features shows with how-to formats such as “XOR,” “Detroit Muscle,” “Truck Tech,” and “Engine Power.” Her first episode as host of “Power Nation” that aired on Spike was on 4 January 2016, also broadcast on the History Channel, CBS Sports, and NBCSN. She also hosted “Power Nation on the Road” from June 2016 to January 2020, and the shows are available on Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV digital media players.
She said that in living in the racing capital of the world which is Indianapolis, one can’t help but become interested in what’s happening in the automotive world, although in her case it is much more personal than that, as her parents were part of Indianapolis 500; they were directors of the 1993 500Festival, which is a nonprofit community organization which organizes events and programs in celebration of the Indy500. Her dad is into cars, and talked much about it with her, and she has come to love them as well. She has worked covering shows of both two‑wheel and four‑wheel racing programs.
Some of the programs she is currently on include Mecum Auctions since August 2016, Red Bull Signature Series on FS1 since October 2018, and NASCAR since January 2020.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, she has been covering sports and conducting interviews online for shows such as “Redbull Homestretch.”
Katie is 32 years old, and is dating Tanner Foust, who is a television host and professional racing driver. It is not revealed when they started dating, but her earliest Instagram posts with him were back in August 2013 when they visited the Children’s Healthcare in Atlanta, then in February 2014 for the “Make A Wish” event. Between 2014 and 2019, they were able to spend time together, and Tanner even spent holidays with her family. No recent photos with him have been posted; the last one was back in April 2019, when she talked about both of them being busy and not being able to meet often.
Tanner Foust is mostly known for Rallycross and drift racing, and has won numerous medals in racing events. He made “Formula Drift” history when he won back-to-back series championships (2017-2018), and had most games won in Fox Sports’ “X Games” with nine medals. Foust was the host of the motoring TV series “Top Gear,” and Speed Channel’s weekly show “SuperCars Exposed.” He also worked as a stunt driver for movies such as “The Dukes of Hazzard” and “The Fast and the Furious Tokyo Drift.”
Interesting facts and rumors
- Katie’s been practicing yoga since 2008, and she teaches her 5-year-old nephew how to do it via zoom.
- Her official website KatieOsborne.com was officially launched in February 2015.
- She has been hosting “The Joy Project” podcast with episodes available on SoundCloud.
Upped that mileage on minty chip riding around town looking for (and chasing down) mopars for an upcoming project. Fun PM of shooting. And… those 2 wheels are looking mighty fineeee under the lights if I do say myself.✨ #newportbeach https://t.co/kQULudbZkh pic.twitter.com/zzCDcUK4Dm
— Katie Osborne (@ktmosborne) June 17, 2020
She has created and organized “Make-A-Wish” events, and worked with other foundations to help enrich the community, including with Homes of Hope as she was part of the group that built a house in Mexico for a family in need.
She is 5ft 9ins (1.7m) tall, weighs 120lbs (54kgs), and has a slim build. She has blonde hair and blue eyes.
Katie has been working non-stop since her university years, and has become successful as a sports host and reporter. Her net worth is estimated at $500,000 as of May 2020, according to authoritative sources.