Kristine Leahy


One of sports media’s breakout stars, Kristine Leahy anchors the news desk on THE HERD WITH COLIN COWHERD.


Leahy currently hosts NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior,” a role she has held since March 2015. She previously spent three years in the CBS and Turner Sports families as a sideline reporter for March Madness, regular-season college basketball and college football. Leahy also filled in as a host on the CBS Sports Network show “Lead Off,” while working as an anchor/reporter for the CBS Los Angeles and KCAL duopoly. She even made a bit of history, becoming the first woman ever to call a horse race in California.

Before moving to Los Angeles, Leahy was the lead sports anchor at FOX Boston. She also worked for the Boston Celtics as the team reporter from 2009-11, and for the New England sports radio station WEEI as a host and reporter.


Leahy anchors the news desk on Colin Cowherd’s THE HERD WITH COLIN COWHERD, providing regular updates and injecting her trademark lighthearted banter. Since the show’s launch, the duo has developed an easy chemistry that resonates with viewers across television and radio. In 2016, Leahy was honored with a Gracies Award in the category of On-Air Talent, Sports, for her outstanding work on the show.


Leahy has a bachelor of science in journalism from Boston University, where she was part of the team that created BUTV’s first sports talk show, which she co-anchored for three years. She currently lives in Los Angeles.