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    Bob Costas: Biography at a Glance

    • 26-time Emmy-winning journalist and one of the most respected broadcasters of his generation
    • Hosted the popular and critically acclaimed “Football Night in America”
    • Hosted pre-game coverage for Super Bowl XLVI on NBC, which was the most-watched program in U.S. TV history
    • Primetime host of the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio, his 11th Olympics for NBC Sports


    Bob Costas, a 26-time Emmy Award-winning journalist is one of the most respected and honored broadcasters of his generation. He has handled a wide array of assignments, including play-by-play, studio hosting and reporting. He served as the host of the critically acclaimed and most-watched NFL studio show Football Night in America, an exclusive and complete look at each Sunday in the NFL. He also hosted pre-game coverage for Super Bowl XLVI on NBC, at the time, the most-watched program in U.S. television history.

    Costas also co-hosts NBC’s coverage of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes and has hosted U.S. Open and Ryder Cup coverage. One of America’s preeminent interviewers, Costas is the host of Costas Tonight, an interview show that airs on NBCSN. He frequently contributes to the NBC News programs NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams and TODAY. In November 2011, Costas received critical acclaim for his exclusive interview with Jerry Sandusky. He also handles play-by-play duties and is a commentator for MLB Network.

    Costas served as a primetime host during the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, his eleventh Olympics for NBC Sports and tenth as a primetime host. After serving as a late night host in 1988 from Seoul, Costas has won acclaim and Emmy Awards each year for his work as a primetime host from Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney, Salt Lake City, Athens, Torino, Beijing, Vancouver and most recently, London, the most-watched television history. Costas, who has the longest tenure of the network’s sports announcers, joined NBC in 1980. Throughout his career, Costas worked on NBC's coverage of the MLB, NFL, NBA and college basketball.

    In April 2000, compiled his knowledge in his book, Fair Ball: A Fan’s Case for Baseball, which made The New York Times bestseller list.

    Costas also originated the popular Costas Coast-to-Coast nationally syndicated Sunday night sports radio talk show, and served as a regular host of the program through mid-1996. From August 1988 through January 1994, he hosted his own Emmy Award-winning late-night interview television show, Later with Bob Costas, on NBC.

    Costas began his broadcasting career in 1974 at WSYR-TV and Radio in Syracuse, N.Y. He later joined KMOX Radio in St. Louis, working as play-by-play voice of the ABA Spirits of St. Louis. He then went on to handle regional NFL and NBA assignments for CBS Sports.

    Costas won his first Emmy for play-by-play work on his call of the 1997 World Series; and won Emmys for writing in 1988 and 1995. The latter award was for his moving tribute to the late Mickey Mantle on NBC Nightly News. In addition to his 26 Sports Emmy Awards, Costas’ interview program Later with Bob Costas won the 1993 Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Series. Costas has been honored as Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association a record eight times and in June 2012 Costas was inducted in to the NSSA Hall of Fame. In March 2000, Costas was named Favorite Sportscaster at the TV Guide Awards, based on balloting by readers of TV Guide Magazine.

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