Chris Berman

Chris Berman was born to Peggy Shevell and James Keliner Berman on May 10, 1955 in Greenwich, Connecticut. He was raised in Irvington, New York with Jewish values. He was a student at Hackley School and in the year 1977, he graduated from Brown University with a degree in History.

Berman began his all famous sports casting career with WVIT-TV at Hartford. He was then given the job of a sports anchor for a weekend program. He then joined ESPN in the year 1979, which was a budding channel back then. Berman still continues to be with the channel, witnessing all the phases it has gone through. Even the vice president of ESPN remarks him as one of the most important persons at ESPN. His 30 years of relationship with ESPN was showcased by the Associated Press in the year 2008. Sometime back, Berman remarked that his contract with the channel would be complete by the time he was 55; to everybody’s surprise and relief the channel extended his contract for an undisclosed period of time.

His more than three decades of stability in the sports field, with the same channel is proof of his hard work and popularity amongst the masses. He is loved for his style of presentation, be it an interview, news or commentary. His catchy, energetic and expressive style of commentary brought him nick names like ‘the Swami’ and ‘Boomer.' The addition of pun to it is extra icing over the cake. At present Berman is the anchor for SportsCenter, Monday Night Countdown, Sunday NFL Countdown etc.

Chris is a natural sportscaster and owing to his talent he has been honored with a number of awards. Prominent amongst them are the National Sportscaster of the Year (1989, 1990, 1993, 1994.1996, 2001) by National Sportscaster and Sportswriter Association, Sportscaster of the year (1995, 1997, 1998) by the American Sportscasters Association, Best cable Sportscaster (1987, 1988, 1990) by CableACE Awards and many more television and radio awards. Apart from these, Brown University felicitated him with an honorary degree and he has also a received a star in the Hollywood walk of Fame.

Berman has also appeared in small scene sequences in certain movies. Some of these movies are The Waterboy(1998) , The Longest Yard(2005), Necessary Roughness(1991), Little Big League (1994) etc. In most of the movies he is casted as himself where he could use his trademark phrases and actions. He also appeared the commercial of Nutrisystem.

Talking about his personal life, he is a family man at heart. He got married in the year 1983 and has been one woman man since then. The name of his wife is Katherine Alexinski and they have two children named Meredith and Douglas. The family resides in Connecticut.

His passion towards sports journalism has not only brought him awards and honors but also put him in the league of top ten Sportscaster of the year 2015. His annual salary is marked to be $3 million and in the year 2015, his net worth is rated to be about $18 million.

Last Modified: Apr 10, 2020

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