Who is Kathryn Tappen?
Kathryn Tappen, born on the 9th of April, 1981, is an American sportscaster who is known for her work on NBC and its Sports Group coverage of games in the National Hockey League (NHL), “Football Night in America”, and the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, to name a few of her achievements.
Kathryn Tappen’s Early Life
Tappen was born in Morristown, New Jersey and is the daughter of Sheila and Richard Tappen; she has a sister named Amanda. Growing up, she fell in love with various sports including golf, tennis, basketball and baseball. During her last year in high school at Villa Walsh Academy, she decided to focus on track, and her determination and talent eventually landed her an academic and athletic scholarship to attend Rutgers University. Tappen continued her education at Rutgers, taking advantage of her scholarship and majoring in journalism. While in college she continued her passion for sports, and joined the school’s cross-country and track team. She was a four-time Academic All-American and Big East All Star as a Scarlet Knight during her years in college, graduating in 2003.
Kathryn Tappen’s Career
Right after college, Tappen immediately joined the work force and became part of College Sports Television. After gaining experience, she decided to move to WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island. working as the network’s weekday sports reporter and weekend anchor. Her early years in the news industry helped establish her career and also her net worth. After her stint at WJAR, Tappen moved to New England Sports Network (NESN) in 2006, where she spent almost five years hosting various games until she moved to NHL in 2011. During her time at NHL she became known as the host of “NHL Tonight.” Her years working in various networks and show also helped increase her wealth.
— Kathryn Tappen (@KathrynTappen) August 21, 2018
In 2014 Tappen achieved a big career breakthrough when she joined the NBC network. While at NBC, she hosted most of the Sports Group’s coverage of the network, including games from NHL and Notre Dame Football, as well as the Olympics. Her move to NBC certainly boosted her career, and tremendously helped her net worth.
Kathryn Tappen’s Awards
With her incredible body of work, it’s no surprise that Tappen has been recognised for her efforts. In 2014, she received the “Women of Inspiration” award from the Boston Chapter of Women in Sports and Events, and her prowess has also gained her two nominations for New England Emmy Awards for sports reporting.
In 2006, Tappen’s feature “Swim Meet” won her an award from the Associated Press.
Kathryn Tappen’s Net Worth
As of 2018 and based on authoritative sources, Tappen’s net worth is reported to be over $1 million, acquired from her years working in the news industry as a sports caster for various networks.
— Kathryn Tappen (@KathrynTappen) June 1, 2018
Kathryn Tappens Body Measurement
In terms of her body measurement, Tappen is 5ft 9ins (1.80 m) tall, and has a fit body with vital statistics of 36-25-36; there is no information available regarding her weight.
Kathryn Tappen’s Personal Life
In terms of her personal life, Tappen is currently single, and there are no reports of her actively dating. Tappen was married to NHL defensemen Jay Leach; the two met in 2008 and started dating soon after. In just a year they decided to marry, and tied the knot in 2009. Although they apparently enjoyed some great years, they went their separate ways in 2015. They didn’t have any children during their marriage.
Jay Leach is a former American professional ice hockey player, and is now the head coach of Providence Bruins. He played from 2001 to 2013 before deciding to become a coach.
Kathryn Tappen’s Philanthropy
Aside from her successful career as a sports caster, Tappen is also a philanthropist actively working with various organizations and charities, such as with Star Child Foundation. Tappen is also an Ambassador for the MARSOC Foundation, which provides support for US Marine Corps personnel and their families, regardless if they are on active duty or medically retired.