Jennifer Hale enters her sixth FOX NFL season in 2016, serving as a sideline reporter with the Chris Myers/Ronde Barber announce team. Hale also covers the New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA for FOX Sports Southwest.
Through her work for the NFL on FOX and FOX Sports Southwest, Hale has covered premier players for both leagues during their largest events, including the Super Bowl and All-Star Weekend. She joined the NFL on FOX in 2011 and as a sideline reporter for New Orleans’ NBA franchise in 2012.
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When she’s not covering the sidelines, Hale utilizes her versatile talents to host events such as the Final Four’s Oscar Robertson Trophy Presentation, mediate discussions like the Laureus Foundation’s Legend-to-Legend Series, or emcee various charity events, including the Lighting of the French Quarter Balconies benefitting Children’s Hospital. Hale has won multiple Emmy, Edward R. Murrow and Associated Press Awards for both her sports and news coverage.
She began her journalism career as a political and investigative reporter/anchor after earning a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and attending the Fund for American Studies’ Institute on Political Journalism at Georgetown University. In 2009, the prestigious RIAS Commission chose her as a fellow to travel to Germany and study US-German relations, as well as the evolution of former East German cities since the fall of Communism. After completing the RIAS Fellowship, Hale proceeded to anchor a four-hour morning show for WVUE-TV in New Orleans, covering a wide variety of topics from politics and sports, to the city’s culinary and musical scene.
A native of New Orleans, Hale received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Louisiana State University, where she captained the school’s cheerleading program. She completed her undergraduate studies at LSU’s Honors College, and was named LSU’s Homecoming Queen and Miss LSU.
Hale published her first book, “Historic Plantations of Alabama’s Black Belt,” in 2009 and currently is working on her second publication. A proud resident of New Orleans’ historic French Quarter, Hale spends her free time soaking up the local music scene, cooking, cycling, and writing. She also is an avid TRX and Cross Fit enthusiast. In addition, Hale recently launched “All Access Sideline Pass,” an organization that focuses on educating and empowering young women in the New Orleans community through outreaches and seminars, and in 2014, signed on as the Women’s Health spokesperson for Thibodaux Regional Hospital in New Orleans. You may follow her on Twitter at @JenHale504.