- 1 Who is Allie LaForce?
- 2 Early Life and Education
- 3 Modeling and Pageantry Career: Following the Footsteps of Her Mother
- 4 The Nascent Phase of Allie’s Reporting Career: Sportstime Ohio, WJW Channel 8 and an Emmy Award
- 5 A Broadcasting Star: CBS, SEC Football and Basketball and NBA on TNT
- 6 Personal Life: Is Allie LaForce Married? Does She Have Any Siblings?
- 7 Body Measurements: How Tall is Allie LaForce?
- 8 Net Worth: How Rich is Allie LaForce?
- 9 Social Media Presence
Who is Allie LaForce?
Born on 11 December 1988, in Vermillion, Ohio, USA, under the fire sign of Sagittarius, Alexandra Leigh LaForce is a 30-year-old American journalist, broadcaster, actress, former model, college basketball player and beauty pageant competitor. She is best known for her current position as a sideline reporter for Turner Sports, covering National Basketball Association (NBA) games for the NBA on TNT. Before this endeavor, she was one of the lead reporters for American Football games in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
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In addition to her reporting duties, Allie also worked as the host of “We Need to Talk” on the CBS Sports Network, as well as being the co-anchor of several important sports-related shows on WJW, a FOX Sports affiliate in Cleveland, Ohio. With her charisma and basketball-related expertise, LaForce is a force (pun intended) to be reckoned with in the world of sports reporting.
Early Life and Education
Allie is the daughter of Wade LaForce and his wife Lesa, a former Miss Ohio USA 1977 titleholder. Her father was a prominent athlete in his youth, but had to give up his dreams due to a ligament injury.
We do know that Alexandra harbored an interest for sports, broadcasting and, with the influence of her mother – pageantry. In 2006, she matriculated from Vermillion High School, and enrolled at Ohio University, where she majored in Broadcast Journalism. Despite not being on a basketball scholarship, Allie was on the Ohio Bobcats team, where she was coached by Semeka Randall, but only played five games before focusing on her academics. An outstanding student, she graduated from the institution Magna Cum Laude in 2010, however, LaForce earned her place in the limelight long before we could see her on the sidelines during NBA games.
Modeling and Pageantry Career: Following the Footsteps of Her Mother
As a teenager, Allie successfully balanced school and pageantry. However, she only started taking pageants seriously after winning several competitions around Ohio. In 2005 she took home the title from the Miss Teen Ohio pageant, blowing every other competitor out of the water. While she wasn’t a known face in the world of pageantry before, this surprising and decisive victory made her one of the favorites for the Miss Teen USA crown. Unsurprisingly, she won the competition, which took place on 8 August 2005, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. As the winner, she was awarded a one-year contract with Trump Modeling Management, which resulted in some minor campaigns on a regional level.
Allie also received a grant for the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, but decided to forego it to attend Ohio University. Due to her sudden fame, she made a guest appearance in the hit NBC soap opera “Passions”, actually her only acting credit to date. In 2006 she spent most of her time traveling around the country, speaking about the perils of drugs and alcohol, a remarkable act by such a young person.
The Nascent Phase of Allie’s Reporting Career: Sportstime Ohio, WJW Channel 8 and an Emmy Award
While still a senior at Ohio University, Allie’s reporting career began rather unexpectedly. When one of their best reporters called in sick at the last moment, Sportstime Ohio approached the former Miss Teen USA and asked her to fill in.
Thus, she worked as a sideline reporter during the 2010 Mid-American Conference (MAC) men’s American Football tournament, as well as the 2011 MAC men’s basketball tournament. Given the fact that she’d played basketball all her life, she showed an exceptional ability to analyze plays, tactics and give insightful comments on various occurrences on the court. After obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree, Allie was immediately hired by WJW Channel 8, a FOX Sports affiliate. In 2011, she won an Emmy Award for her work as an anchor for FOX 8’s “Friday Night Touchdown”, a section dedicated to high school football. Afterwards, she would go on to be a sideline reporter for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA, which allowed her to make some valuable connections throughout the world of sports. Fans loved her sense of humor and uncanny way of giving insights as she was watched the game.
A Broadcasting Star: CBS, SEC Football and Basketball and NBA on TNT
In August 2013, LaForce moved onto the CBS Sports Network, where she was mainly tasked with reporting from the sidelines at various NCAA men’s football and basketball games. As a reward for her hard work and exceptional performances, she became the main reporter for the SEC on CBS segment, replacing Tracy Wolfson. Given the fact that she was already a star in the broadcasting world, CBS allowed her to work on segments for other networks and organizations. Thus, she was the sideline reporter for NBA TV during the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Nevada, for multiple years. On most days, she would interview the rising stars of the league and then join the post-game show to give some fantastic insights about what took place on the court.
In June 2018, CBS wouldn’t give her a raise and more responsibilities, so she left the network. As one of the best reporters in the nation, she was immediately “snatched” by Turner Network, where she was given the role of main sideline reporter for NBA games. Allie thus joined forces with Kenny Smith, Shaquille O’Neal and various other former NBA players to form the best basketball reporting team in the country.
A Revolution in Sports Broadcasting: We Need to Talk
In 2017, Allie LaForce became one of the founders of the first all-female sports talk show in the history of the US – “We Need to Talk” is named after the popular stereotype about trouble being on the way whenever a woman says this sentence. The show is still running, even without Allie, but athletes, reporters and people from all around the country praised the creation of the show as an important step in the movement towards total gender equality.
Personal Life: Is Allie LaForce Married? Does She Have Any Siblings?
Allie LaForce is married to Joe Smith, a baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). They first met in 2012 when Joe was attending a college football game, but they didn’t quite see eye to eye. It wasn’t until 2013, when they started exchanging direct messages on Twitter that they developed a liking for each other. In July that same year, he staged a heart-melting proposal to his belle on Ohio Beach, one of Allie’s favorite places in the world. On 17 January 2015, they tied the knot at a private ceremony in Allie’s home state of Ohio. Despite being a professional baseball player, Smith decided to honor his wife by holding a basketball during the ceremony. Allie has a brother named Jack, who is a football linebacker for the Mount Union Purple Raiders, and her younger sister AuBree is a four-sport star at Vermillion High School.
Problems with Having Children
When Allie and Joe married, she stated that she wanted to have four children, however, they weren’t able to conceive through normal sexual intercourse; this is because Joe found out that his mother, Lee Smith, has Huntington’s disease, giving him a 50% chance of inheriting the same condition. This malady leads to the slow, but unpreventable death of nerve cells in the brain, rendering the person unable to live a normal life. Despite the difficulties, the Smiths are willing to try anything to be able to have a family. In early 2019, they opted for in vitro fertilization (IVF) – this method of insemination allow doctors to analyze all embryos for the presence of any mutations on the IT15 gene, which might result in the onset of Huntington’s disease later in life. They successfully implanted healthy embryos, but not one made it to the final stage; Allie announced this heartbreaking development via Instagram. However, she also stated that she will try many more times until her dream of having four kids becomes reality.
Body Measurements: How Tall is Allie LaForce?
Allie LaForce is 5ft 8in (173cm) tall, weighs around 121lbs (55kgs), and has an hourglass figure, which is evident by her vital statistics of 34-23.5-34.
Net Worth: How Rich is Allie LaForce?
Allie LaForce has a net worth of $2 million, as of August 2019. Her reported salary at TNT is $220,000/year, making her one of the best paid reporters in the country.
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— Allie LaForce (@ALaForce) June 5, 2019