The United States has one of the biggest sports community on the planet in which exists Baseball, a sport with national popularity and history that makes it one of the cultural attributes of the country. Helping to maintain the influence and popularity of this sport is Heidi Watney, who is a sportscaster for the Major League Baseball (MLB) Network.
Fans and viewers of the MLB Network will certainly know Heidi Watney who has been working for the network since 2012 and has worked in different capacities as a reporter and a host. Before she joined the network, she has also worked as a sports anchor. Today, Heidi is one of the top names in sports journalism, particularly in Baseball. We examine her life and her journey to the top of the broadcasting game. Read on.
Heidi Watney Biography
Female sportscasters is a rare sight in American Sports journalism or even in the world, but Heidi Watney has been involved with sports all her life so much that a lifetime of reporting on it after she retired from active competition is a logical step.
Following her birth on the 19th of May, 1981 to Mike Watney and Paula Watney, Heidi Watney grew up in a household with a great affinity for sports. Her father, in particular, is a golf coach who began working just two years before she was born.
As one of four children born to the family, which includes a brother and two sisters, Heidi picked up her family’s love for sports and began to participate in them herself, starting at high school level at Clovis West High School. She participated in diving, gymnastics, hurdles and was also a cheerleader.
Heidi Watney was among those who were able to combine their sports commitment with their academics and this resulted in a National Merit Scholar award that eventually earned her a scholarship to attend the University of San Diego. Heidi Watney’s ability to combine two different things did not end in high school and she was able to combine her academics with activities such as the Miss California beauty pageant, finishing as a runner-up multiple time between 2000 and 2003.
Watney graduated with honors in 2003 and began a career in sports broadcasting. She began with a role on ESPN radio, 1430 KFIG as a sports talk show host. She managed to combine this role with a weekend gig as a sports anchor for KMPH-TV, giving her a chance to work on both radio and television.
After the initial experience garnered from her first two roles, she joined NESN, a Boston-based sports network where she worked as an on-field reporter for the Boston Red Sox. She also hosted two shows for the network, The Red Sox Report and The Ultimate Red Sox Show. She worked for NESN from 2008 up to 2011 when she got a bigger opportunity to work for Time Warner Cable Sportsnet, which was based in her birth state, California.
The talented journalist, however, didn’t spend a lot of time working for the network before her talent eventually took to the highest level, joining the MLB Network in September 2012. She has worked for the MLB Network since 2012 and in that time, she has worked as a host and an on-field reporter. As a host, she has been hosting the show, Quick Pitch since 2013 and has worked across various stadia in America as a reporter for the network.
Is She Married, Who is Her Husband?
Heidi Watney is currently married to Mike Wickham. The sportscaster has been married to Mike since 2014, getting married on a special day on the 31st of December, 2014. The beautiful wedding was held in Edgewater, New Jersey before they headed off to Bora Bora where the newly wedded couple got to dip their feet in the sand and take amazing pictures along the beach.
Her husband, Mike Wickham is also deeply involved in sports, baseball in particular. He is the Director of Baseball Operations at the sports company, Miami Marlins LLC. Their marriage has been blessed with a child, a boy named Jax who was born in 2018.
Before she came to fall in love with Mike Wickham, Heidi Watney had been in a couple of relationships with sports stars, including Jacob Edward Peavy, Jason Varitek, and Nick Green.
Other Interesting Facts About Heidi Watney
1. We mentioned earlier that Heidi comes from a sporting family and that includes her extended family. She is the cousin of the professional golfer, Nick Watney.
2. Heidi Watney has an above average height of 5 feet 10 inches.
3. She has a social media presence on both Twitter and Instagram. On both platforms, she uses the handle – @heidiwatney.