Ann Schatz Wiki – Ann Schatz Biography
Ann Schatz is a sports broadcaster who works for CBS Sports Network, ESPN, Pac-12 Network, Westwood One, and the Portland Thorns FC. She was the first woman in Portland to be a sportscaster. In 1989, Schatz and her family moved to Portland, Oregon. KOIN hired her to be the first female sports reporter for the Portland area, a position she held until 2005. Ten years after arriving in Portland, she was hired to be the Portland Trail Blazers sideline reporter, video feature writer, and producer. She is recognized nationally as being the first women’s sports reporter in two major markets, Omaha and Portland.
In 2005, she left the Trail Blazers and KOIN to begin a new broadcasting endeavor, calling sporting events for College Sports Television (CSTV). While at CSTV, she acted as a play-by-play announcer or analyst for women’s basketball, women’s soccer, and softball. She remained with CSTV through their transition to CBS College Sports and continues to call games with them today as part of the CBS Sports Network. When not working for CSTV, she acted in a similar position for Fox Sports Net, calling Pac-12 women’s games, and for the Mtn., calling women’s Mountain West Conference games. In 2013, FSN lost broadcast rights to the women’s games and Mtn. closed its doors, but she did not lose her place. She was hired by Pac-12 Network to be one of their many basketball analysts.
She was also hired by ESPN to call select WNBA games and to work on feature stories. Her ESPN work was featured heavily during the 2014 Winter Olympics. She received national recognition for the special feature on Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding 20-years later. Schatz had been asked to do a profile on Harding while she was at KOIN. That profile would be used and credited as part of the 20-year recap. Today, she continues to be recognized for her sporting broadcasts. Among her many broadcasts are the Summer and Winter Olympics (KOIN), the Boston Marathon (ESPN), men’s and women’s basketball (CBS Sports Network, Pac-12 Networks, Westwood One), the WNBA Playoffs (ESPN), the US Women’s Open Golf Champions (ESPN), and being the voice of the Thorns.
When she is not calling sporting events, she also works as a motivational speaker. Schatz attended Creighton University, where she played basketball and softball for the Bluejays. She graduated with a degree in journalism and mass communications. After graduation, she became the first female sports reporter ever in Omaha, covering the weekend sports news.
Ann Schatz Age
She was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, United States as one of six siblings.
Ann Schatz Partner – Ann Schatz Wife
She is married to her wife Lisa Hunefeld. They have been together for over 20 years.
Ann Schatz Twitter
Ann Schatz is on Twitter as @AnnSchatzPdx. Her Twitter bio reads, “Sports Broadcaster. Speaker. Mother of Atticus Finch and Cash. I throw lucky pennies over my shoulder. When I grow up I want to be like my mother…”