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Samantha Ponder
BornSamantha Steele
(1985-12-11) December 11, 1985 (age 34)
Phoenix, Arizona
ResidenceAustin, Texas
NationalityUnited States
EducationLiberty University
OccupationESPN Sideline Reporter
EmployerESPN
ReligionEvangelical Christian
Spouse(s)Christian Ponder
Website
http://www.samanthasteele.com/

Samantha Ponder (born Samantha Steele on December 11, 1985) is an American sportscaster from Phoenix, Arizona who is currently a reporter/host for ESPN college football and basketball sideline reporter.[1] Ponder is best known as the replacement for Erin Andrews on College Gameday Saturdays at 10 AM ET on ESPN, as well as co-host of the Saturday 9 AM ET edition on ESPNU.[2] In addition to her duties on College Gameday, Ponder has been the regular sideline reporter for ESPN's Thursday Night Football with Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, and David Pollack since August 2012, replacing Jenn Brown on the sidelines. [3] Ponder also appears on the ESPN-owned Texas-oriented regional network Longhorn Network.

BiographyEdit

Ponder attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, where she worked as a sideline reporter during Liberty's football, men's basketball and women's basketball television broadcasts.[4] After graduating in 2009, she worked for Fox Sports Net and Fox College Sports as a sideline reporter for Pac-10 and Big 12 college basketball and football games. On July 7, 2011, ESPN's Longhorn Network announced that they had hired Ponder as a sideline reporter.[5] Ponder, along with Kevin Dunn and Lowell Galindo, were the newly created network's first three talent hires.[4] After accepting her position with the Longhorn Network, Ponder relocated to Austin, Texas.[4] After a brief courtship, she married Minnesota Vikings quarterback, Christian Ponder, on December 17, 2012 in Hudson, Wisconsin.[6] She started appearing on ESPN/ABC broadcasts by her married name, starting with the January 1, 2013 broadcast of the CapitalOne Bowl.[7]

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