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For over a quarter of a century, Chris Fowler built a career as a sports announcer in ESPN, steadily rising to the peak and taking part in many flagship programs especially those related to college football. He has become one of the most renowned play-by-play commentators as far as sports in America is concerned. Fowler’s career achievements are enviable, to say the least, from being a mainstay at coveted positions to being part of a couple of Emmy-winning programs. He joined ABC in 2014 to become the play-by-play announcer for Saturday Night Football. Here is a look at the highlights of Chris Fowler’s life and career.
Chris Fowler – Bio
Christopher Fowler hails from Denver, Colorado, a town where he was born on the 23rd of August 1962. His father Knox Fowler is an academic who taught theater as a professor at State Collge Pennsylvania – a place where Chris would spend part of his childhood. Chris Fowler also did some growing up at Rockford, Illinois as well as Colorado Springs where he attended General William J. Palmer High School from where he’d come to graduate in 1980.
Immediately after high school, Chris Fowler enrolled at the University of Colorado where he studied Radio and Television News, graduating in 1985. His interest in TV began in high school and he would come to be the first benefactor of the Denver Press Club’s Alan Berg Memorial Journalism Scholarship Award. While he was yet to earn his degree, Chris Fowler got busy working a handful of jobs to gain hands-on experience in his chosen field of study.
About a year into college, he began covering sports for the Denver daily newspaper, Rocky Mountain News. Simultaneously, Chris Fowler produced and co-hosted a weekly magazine program aired via cable TV in Boulder, Colorado. He also contributed to his university’s radio station KAIR-AM as a sports director.
With a wealth of experience as an undergrad, Fowler had made landing jobs post-college an easy feat. He interned at the ABC-affiliate KMGH-TV and worked briefly with the NBC Denver affiliate KCNC-TV. Barely a year after earning his college degree, ESPN came knocking. His first role at the sports giant was as a host/reporter of Scholastic Sports America, a position he served in for two years from 1986 to 1988. He then got promoted to college football sideline reporting.
Chris Fowler began serving as the host of College GameDay in 1990, a role that lasted for over two decades ending in 2014. With Fowler at the helm of affairs, the show won 5 Sports Emmy for Best Weekly Studio Show (2008, 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2015).
In addition to covering college football, Fowler also covered tennis and soccer. He has headed play-by-play for tennis tournaments such as Wimbledon, Australian Open, French Open, and the US Open. For years, Chris Fowler also covered the ESPN’s Summer X Games (1995 – 2000) and Winter Games (1998 – 2000).
Since 1994, the year that ESPN began her coverage of the Heisman Trophy Presentation, Fowler has been the host. When ESPN covered for a month the 2010 FIFA World Cup, they employed the services of Fowler alongside longtime NFL play-by-play commentator, Mike Tirico, to serve as an anchor.
As with most sports announcers, Chris Fowler has found himself in a couple of controversies but they haven’t been enough to outshine his laurels.
Chris Fowler has not let his love for sports take away his romantic life. He found a wife in Jennifer Dempster – a model and instructor whom he married sometime in 2006. Dempster is also a lover of the cameras and has made a handful of TV appearances. In 1988, she appeared on ESPN’s fitness and exercise TV series, BodyShaping. Chris Fowler’s wife has a thing for acting and has at least four acting credits to her name including On the Make (1989), and It’s About Time (2005). She appeared in a 2017 episode of the food and lifestyle TV series The Chew.
Net Worth And Salary Of The American Sports Announcer
Chris Fowler has enjoyed a steady rise in his career as a sports announcer and his loyalty to ESPN as well as his dedication and competence have been well rewarded. His salary rose from hundreds of thousands to $1.5 million and to $3 million as of 2019. Thanks to proper financial management, Chris Fowler has built a net worth estimated at $7 million.