Jenny Taft is a prominent sports reporter known for her adorable personality. She started her career in journalism in 2011 as a sideline reporter for Fox Sports North before she was promoted to join FOX Sports 1 in 2013. Since this remarkable elevation, Jenny has become a regular face in the sports industry, anchoring various shows, including Skip and Shannon: Undisputed.
The TV personality did not just follow a career path in sports reporting; she has always been passionate about sports and made a significant mark as a college athlete. She even took it a notch higher by playing in the United States National Soccer team. Jenny Taft’s remarkable work in sports reporting has sparked curiosity about her and here are some salient facts you may want to know.
Jenny Taft’s Dad and Brother Were Equally Sports Standouts In College
Born on September 5, 1987, in Edina, a beautiful city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, Jenny Taft is from a family of four. Her father has been identified as John Taft – a college athlete who played in the men’s ice hockey and won different NCAA titles while her mother’s name is Mary Taft. Who competed as a speed skater.
The sports journalist has one brother that goes by the name Charlie Taft – another hockey player in the family who played hockey for Colorado College in Colorado Springs. The siblings spent a greater part of their formative years in Minneapolis in Minnesota. Jenny Taft attended Edina High School where she also served as the captain of her high school’s hockey team. She later moved to Massachusetts’ capital where she attended Boston University.
At the university, the sports journalist majored in Broadcast Journalism bagging a bachelor’s degree in 2010. We can say that Jenny Taft followed in her dad’s footsteps during her school days with an active sports life that led her to display exceptional prowess in hockey, lacrosse, and tennis. She also played 11 games for Boston University Terriers women’s lacrosse team, recording three goals and two assists. In 2009, she played nine games for the Terriers as a junior and recorded four goals with one assist.
She Remained Active As She Carved A Niche For Herself In Sports Journalism
Jenny Taft’s entire experience with sports motivated her to begin a career in sports reporting immediately after graduation. Her first job was as a “FOX Sports Girl” and she worked as a FOX Sports North sideline reporter for the Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA.
While she was carving a niche for herself in sports journalism, Jenny Taft didn’t let her active sports life wear out as the Minnesota native continued exhibiting remarkable prowess in sporting contests. In 2005, she won NSLA player of the year for her outstanding performance in lacrosse which led to her being admitted into 2005 MSHSL/NSLA ALL-Star Team and 2006 MSHSL All-State Team. Taft recorded one goal and one assist for two points in six games. Her performance also led to two draws, one against Vermont in 2007 and another against Havard.
Jenny Taft joined the US Women’s National Soccer Team during the FIFA Women’s World Cup. After playing a total of 11 games with the team in 2008, she went on to dish out accurate reports and analyses of the team since the world cup qualifiers in 2015.
And although her soccer playing days are over, Jenny’s career in sports journalism has experienced growth since 2013 when she was promoted to join FOX Sports News. She has since anchored and moderated different sports programs on FOX Sports 1 including hosting the channel’s new show Skip and Shannon: Undisputed.
Just like many other celeb journalists, Jenny Taft is copiously active on several social media platforms; her presence can be felt on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram where she enjoys nothing less than 55k followers keeping up with her updates.
What We Know About Jenny Taft’s Marriage To Matt Gilroy
Celebrities are not exactly famous for long-lasting relationships, but Jenny Taft seems to be of a different ilk. The sportscaster has added a fine difference to the standard belief that has been sustained for many years. She has been married to her longtime boyfriend, Matt Gilroy – an American professional ice hockey defenseman for a long while. The blue-eyed 5 ft 10 in beauty hardly discusses her love life, so details of how she met Gilroy and how long they dated remain unknown.
However, speculations abound that the couple met during their university days while Matt was one of the star hockey players in the varsity team. The rumors also have it that they dated for five years before deciding to make things official. Conversely, the one thing that is known about their union is that they exchanged wedding vows in 2015. The couple is currently keeping a long-distance relationship, while Jenny is busy with work in the United States, her husband resides in Switzerland, though they are known to be supportive of each other’s career. On the issue of kids, it is not known whether they have any, but fans are optimistic that the little ones will soon join the family.
Who is Matt Gilroy?
Born on the 20th of July 1984 in North Bellmore, New York Matt Gilroy is one of eight children born to Peggy Ann and Frank Gilroy. Just like his wife’s family, the Gilroys are also enmeshed in sporting activities. For one, his dad earned a place in the field of sports as a member of the St. John’s Basketball Hall of Fame who played for the Philadelphia 76ers.
On his own part, Matt spent his high school days at St. Mary’s High School Manhasset, captaining the institution’s hockey team to a couple of New York state championships. He was equally a lacrosse standout in high school earning the title of team MVP in his junior year and all-league selections in both junior and senior year
Matt Gilroy, who started his professional career in 2009 with the New York Rangers, currently plays for the SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers of NL. The hockey player from North Bellmore previously played for Tampa Bay Lightning and the Florida Panthers, among others in the National Hockey League. Jenny Taft’s husband was a member of the 2018 United States’ Men’s Olympic Hockey Team in South Korea.