Hannah Storm


Hannah Storm

Infobox actor



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caption = Hannah Storm at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival
birthname = Hannah Storen
birthdate = birth date and age|1962|06|13
location = Oak Park, Illinois, USA
occupation = Television Journalist, Television personality, Author, Sports anchor
yearsactive = 1984-present
spouse = Dan Hicks (1994-present)

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Hannah Storm (born Hannah Storen on June 13, 1962, in Atlanta, Georgia) is co-anchor of ESPN's Sportscenter airing live from 9 a.m. until noon weekdays. From 2002 until 2007, Storm was one of the hosts of CBS's "The Early Show".

Early life and career

Storm is the daughter of sports executive Mike Storen, who was a commissioner of the old American Basketball Association and the president of the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA. She graduated from Westminster Schools of Atlanta in 1979 and the University of Notre Dame in 1983, with degrees in political science and communications.

Storm took her professional surname during her stint as a disc jockey for a hard rock radio station in Corpus Christi, Texas, in the early-1980s. While at Notre Dame, she worked for WNDU-TV, the Notre Dame-owned NBC affiliate in South Bend, Indiana. After graduation, she took a job as a disc jockey at KNCN-FM (C-101) in Corpus Christi, Texas. Six months later, she got a job at a Houston rock station as the drive-time sportscaster. Storm stayed in Houston for four years doing a variety of radio and television jobs, including hosting the Houston Rockets halftime and postgame shows and also hosted Houston Astros postgame shows on television.

Professional career

CNN

After a brief stint in Charlotte at WPCQ in Charlotte (now WCNC) as a sports anchor and reporter, Storm's national television experience began as the first female host of "CNN Sports Tonight" from 1989 -1992. She also hosted "Major League Baseball Preview" and reported from spring training, the playoffs and Daytona 500. During her time at CNN, she met fellow sportscaster Dan Hicks, whom she later married in 1994 and with whom she has three daughters.

NBC Sports

In 1992, Storm left CNN and was hired by NBC. She hosted for the Olympic Games, as well as NBA and WNBA basketball, the National Football League, figure skating, and Major League Baseball. Storm became the first woman in American television history to act as solo host of a broadcast network's sports series when NBC had her host Major League Baseball games from by|1994 to by|2000. She then hosted "The NBA on NBC" from 1997 to 2002. Storm also anchored NBC Sports coverage of Wimbledon, Notre Dame football, NBC SportsDesk, Women's U.S. Open and various college bowl games. Storm also made history as the first play-by-play announcer for the WNBA in 1997. Hannah's extensive sideline and feature reporting includes coverages of the NFL, NBA, professional tennis, men's and women's golf college football and figure skating.

While covering the 1995 World Series for NBC, Storm unwittingly came into the crosshairs of volatile Cleveland Indians slugger Albert Belle. Prior to Game 3, Storm was waiting in the Indians' dugout for a prearranged interview with Indians leadoff man, Kenny Lofton. Then out of nowhere, Belle came screaming profanities towards Storm.

"The Early Show"

In October 2002, she moved to CBS News and became one of the hosts of "The Early Show". As co-host of "The Early Show", she covered major news events, including the Iraq war, Hurricane Katrina, Super Bowls XLI and XXXVIII, the 2004 Democratic National Convention, the Presidential campaigns of 2004 and 2008 and the London terror bombings. Storm burnished her reputation as a skilled interviewer through her conversations with major newsmakers such as: President George W. Bush, First Lady Laura Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Senators John McCain, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, as well as many sports and pop culture icons, including: Elton John, Paul McCartney, Peyton Manning, Tiger Woods, Jamie Foxx, Halle Berry and Jennifer Aniston.

In addition to her duties on "The Early Show", Storm hosted shows for the award-winning CBS newsmagazine, "48 Hours". She also served as co-host of the network's "CBS Thanksgiving Day Parade" for five years. In 2007, Storm conceived and wrote a daily blog for CBSNEWS.com, which featured behind-the-scenes insight and stories of inspirational women.

During an "Early Show" on-air segment, Storm revealed on camera that she had a congenital defect known as port-wine stain under her left eye.

In November 2007, CBS announced that Storm was leaving "The Early Show". Storm's last day as an "The Early Show" co-host was December 7, 2007.

ESPN

Storm joined ESPN on May 10, 2008. On August 11, 2008, she anchored "SportsCenter" on weekdays from 9 a.m.-Noon. Her duties are to deliver highlights and to question analysts about sports topics.

Other notable accomplishments

Storm is the mother of three daughters with her husband, NBC golf host, Dan Hicks. She has written two books, as well as contributed extensively for several magazines, including "Cosmopolitan", "Nick Jr.", "Family Circle", "Child", and "Notre Dame Magazine".

In 2008, Storm created the Hannah Storm Foundation, which raises awareness and provides treatment for children suffering from debilitating and disfiguring vascular birthmarks. She also sits on the boards of the Tribeca Film Festival, Colgate Women's Sports Awards, 21st Century Kids 1st Foundation, and has done extensive work with the March of Dimes, Partnership for Drug-Free America, Boys and Girls Club, Special Olympics, the Women's Sports Foundation, Vascular Birthmark Institute, University of Notre Dame, and Diocese of Bridgeport. Storm also founded "Brainstormin' Productions" for the creation of educational and inspirational programming.

Storm has written two books. "Go Girl", a parenting guide for raising daughters to participate in sports, which is in its second printing, and "Notre Dame Inspirations", which funds a journalism scholarship in her name at her alma mater.

Career timeline

*1989-1992: CNN Sports Tonight Anchor [http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/10/14/earlyshow/bios/main525455.shtml Hannah Storm, - CBS News ] ]
*1995, 1997, 1999: World Series Host
*1997-2002: NBA on NBC Host
*1997: WNBA on NBC Play-by-Play
*2002-2007: The Early Show Co-Host
*2008: Sportscenter Anchor

Books

*"Notre Dame Inspirations: The University's Most Successful Alumni Talk About Life, Spirituality, Football-and Everything Else Under the Dome", Doubleday, 2006. ISBN 978-0385-51812-3
*"Go Girl! Raising Healthy Confident and Successful Daughters through Sports", Sourcebooks, 2002

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