The two-time New England Emmy Award nominee Kathryn Tappen is a sportscaster who works on the coverage of the National Hockey League for NBC’s Sports Group. Kathryn also helps to cover Notre Dame Football, Football Night In America, as well as Summer and Winter Olympics for Sports Group. The excellent knowledge of sports that she expresses in her presentations has endeared her to her audience of sports lovers and has subsequently resulted in the huge fan base that the former athlete turned sportscaster now enjoys. Read on to get all the key facts that you need to know about her.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
Kathryn Tappen was born in 1981 and she lights the birthday candle yearly on April 9. Born to Richard G. Tappen and his wife Sheila M. Tappen, Kathryn’s birthplace and hometown is Morristown, New Jersey. She has always been a sports lover from her early years. While growing up, she was fond of playing baseball and basketball on boys’ teams all because there were no teams for girls in Morristown and its environs. Besides, she was known for playing tennis and golf, and for running cross-country.
Kathryn carried on this way right into her high school days at Villa Walsh Academy, Morristown where she was notably active in several sporting events including basketball, softball, and track events. But from her senior year at Villa Walsh, Kathryn began to focus more on the tracks which eventually earned her an athletic scholarship to attend the Rutgers University, New Brunswick which is famous as ‘the birthplace of college football’ in America. As expected, Kathryn made it into the college sports team, Rutgers Scarlet Night, where she repped the institution in track events and cross-country. She was also a record holder in the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase.
Kathryn also did well in her academics majoring in journalism. Before graduating in 2003, she had been a four-time Academic All-American and Big East All-Star.
With such an ebullient record in college sports, Kathryn Tappen was expected upon graduation to pursue a professional and national career in an active sporting event such as the tracks. But no, she had her mind elsewhere, only related. She decided to serve the sporting world in a different way as a sports journalist. In this capacity, her career took off as soon as she graduated in 2003.
Kathryn’s first stint in her sports journalism career was at College Sports Television (CSTV) also known as CBS Sports Network. However, her stay at CSTV was shortlived because she soon joined the NBC affiliate WJAR in their Providence, Rhode Island station. While at WJAR, she served as a weekend anchor and weekday sports reporter.
After about two years working at WJAR, Kathryn Tappen joined the New England Sports Network (NESN) as the lead studio host for Boston Bruins games. In her first year with NESN (2006), Kathryn won an Associated Press award for her sports feature known as “Swim Meet.” Over the years, Kathryn’s “Swim Meet” has also been honoured with two prestigious award nominations – the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for Boston and New England Emmy Awards. After a couple of years with NESN, Kathryn Tappen joined the NHL Network working as the host for the channel’s nightly highlight show, NHL Tonight.
The highly knowledgeable and talented sportscaster has been working with the NBC since 2014. Apart from her other roles at NBC as already mentioned, Kathryn has covered the channel’s Super Bowl XLIX which is the most-watched program in U.S. television history. In recognition of her contribution in paving the way for women in the sporting world, Kathryn received the honorary title of “Woman of Inspiration” from the Boston, Massachusetts chapter of Women In Sports and Events (WISE) in 2014. This is just one out of many instances of recognition that she has received in the course of her sterling career.
Kathryn Tappen’s parents are Richard G. Tappen (father) and Sheila M. Tappen (mother). They reside in their own property on 89 Gaston Road, Morristown, New Jersey as per Clustrmaps. Richard (born in 1949) has worked as the Senior Managing Director of First National of America Inc in Basking Ridge New Jersey. As for Sheila (born in 1951), she is a homemaker. Kathryn is their only child.
Apart from the given, we have no more information about Kathryn’s parents and family background.
Husband & Divorce
As far as the public domain goes, Kathryn Tappen is currently single. She got married to the former professional ice hockey player Jay Christopher Leach in July 2009. After about five years together, they got divorced in 2014. It doesn’t seem that the union produced any child because we have not found any trace of that anywhere.
Kathryn’s ex-husband Leach, who played as a defenseman and once captained Albany Devils, is one of the most talented ice hockey players that America has ever produced. In the course of his career which lasted from 2001 to 2013, he played for the Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadiens, Albany Devils, and San Jose Sharks. Since retiring from his professional career as an ice hockey player, Leach has been working as a coach. He is currently the head coach for the Providence Bruins in the National Hockey league (NHL).
Kathryn Tappen’s Body Measurements
Kathryn Tappen has a slim build and stands at a height of 5 feet, 9 inches (equivalent to 175cm or 1.75m) while her weight is listed as 128 lbs (equivalent to 58kg). With a bust-waist-hip ratio of 31-24-33 (in inches), Kathryn almost has the perfect hourglass shape. Her hair color is blonde.