Who is Jen Lada from ESPN?
Jennifer Nicole Lada was born on 14 January 1981, in Chicago, Illinois USA, and is an TV anchor and sportscaster, best known for her work with the sports network ESPN. She’s covered numerous professional sports and teams over the course of her career since 2002.
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The Wealth of Jen Lada
How rich is Jen Lada? As of mid-2018, sources inform us of a net worth that is over $1 million, mostly earned through a successful career in sports broadcasting. According to reports, she earns over $85,000 annually for her work with ESPN, and as she continues her career, it is expected that her wealth will continue to increase.
Early Life and Education
Jen was born in Chicago but her family later moved to Spring Grove, Illinois where she would grow up. She showed athletic prowess at a young age while attending Marian Central Catholic High School, becoming a part of the school’s track and cross-country teams. She also excelled in composition and speech, which would eventually become vital tools in her future career.
After matriculating, she attained a partial scholarship at Marquette University, a private Catholic college in Wisconsin, studying Broadcast Electronics, Television Broadcasting, and Sociology. She completed her degree in 2002, while also working for a local newspaper, and before her first sportscasting job, she worked as a waitress. She then got an internship for Watts Communications, and would start being affiliated with multiple stations, and building her experience as a sports reporter as well as a program anchor. She covered college sports for Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as reporting on high school athletics which included some human interest stories.
— Jen Lada (@JenLada) May 9, 2018
Sports Broadcasting Career
Lada soon started covering various professional sports teams including the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee Wave, and Milwaukee Admirals in the high profile sports leagues such as the National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Football League (NFL), and Major League Baseball (MLB). In 2003, she became a sports reporter and anchor for the Milwaukee local Fox affiliate WITI, working there for two years, and doing well enough to earn the Best Sportscast 1st Place honor from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association.
She then moved to WREX in 2006, where she was given a similar position, which saw her compile an award-winning feature in her coverage of a Milwaukee woman who ran across the US to raise awareness of multiple sclerosis. She also became a radio contributor for the weekly podcast entitled “Good Karma Broadcasting”. She stayed with WREX until 2013, and then moved to become a part of Comcast Sports Net Chicago as a Sportscaster. Finally, in 2015, Lada joined ESPN and was given a variety of roles as a part of the network.
Working with ESPN
Jen has made guest host appearances on both ESPN’s television and radio programs. She’s been featured in shows such as “First Take” and “Baseball Tonight”, while in 2016 she became a feature reporter, mainly covering stories for the Saturday morning college football pregame show entitled “College Game Day”. She can also be seen doing interviews and previews for sports headlines featured by ESPN, as well as being an active part of the ESPN Department of Highlights.
It is known that Lada has been married to former ESPN anchor Dario Melendez since 2006, and they have two children together. The family also owns a Jack Russell Terrier named Wrigley named after the stadium in which the Chicago Cubs play. The Chicago Cubs is Lada’s favorite sports team. Aside from work, she is known to compete in various endurance events, completing dozens of triathlons, and has run the Chicago Marathon three times.
In 2016, she revealed that she was a victim of sexual harassment and shared a few details on social media – in her first interview at a television station, the interviewer took of his pants, got drunk, drove her to his house instead of her hotel room, and tried to coax her to get into his pool.
Is Jen Lada on Social Media?
Similar to numerous sports broadcast personalities, Jen remains active online through various social media websites including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. She mainly reports on some of the latest news in college and professional sports, while also promoting some recent events. She can also be seen in photos of interviews, and behind the scenes of her coverage. She also features a lot of photos and stories of her child who was born early in 2018. Her Instagram account posts news and pictures, aside from her usual fare of work/home photos.