Bob Costas. It’s a name synonymous with sports broadcasting. Bob has been with NBC Sports since 1979. He has covered nearly every major sport, though he is perhaps most identified with the Olympics and baseball.
He has won 20 Emmy awards—16 for outstanding sports host or play-by-play, two for writing, one for his late night interview show, “Later…with Bob Costas” on NBC, and one for feature reporting. Bob has also been named “National Sportscaster of the Year” an unprecedented eight times by his peers – in 1985, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1997, and 2000.
Nowadays, Bob hosts NBC’s “Football Night in America” and recently signed a long-term deal to join the MLB Network. Bob’s love for baseball is no secret. His book, “Fair Ball, A Fan’s Case for Baseball” published in 2000, earned excellent reviews and remained on the New York Times best-seller list for several weeks. Bob has been involved in the coverage of ten League Championship Series, and seven World Series for NBC, and even said the eulogy at Mickey Mantle’s funeral.
And to think, he got his start in Syracuse at WSYR-TV while attending Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Publication and Communications (Class of ’74).