|Occupation||Sideline reporter, journalist, author|
Jennifer Hale (born February 28, 1978) is an American journalist working for Fox Sports as an NFL sideline reporter where she is currently paired with Dick Stockton and Mark Schlereth. She also covers NBA's New Orleans Pelicans for Fox Sports New Orleans and also covers College Football for Fox Sports. She has been a substitute host on Fox Sports 1 shows Skip and Shannon: Undisputed and Lock It In. She covers The Basketball Tournament for ESPN as well.
Early life and education
Hale is a native of New Orleans, and was raised in Alabama. She graduated from Louisiana State University with honors where she was captain of the cheerleading squad, homecoming queen, and Miss LSU. Hale interned for CNN in their Washington D.C. bureau. She also got her Master's from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and spent time in Germany in a fellowship to study the US-German relationship after the fall of Communism.
Hale started her journalism career covering politics for KNOE-TV, a station in Monroe, Louisiana, which sent her to Baton Rouge as their capitol correspondent then went to WAFB in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. When she was a weekend anchor and reporter for WVTM in Birmingham, Alabama, she wrote a book called Historic Plantations of Alabama's Black Belt in 2009. She also was a fill-in correspondent for MSNBC during her time in Birmingham. In 2015, Hale launched All Access Sideline Pass, an organization that focuses on educating and empowering young women in the New Orleans community through outreaches and seminars. She also supports Alzheimer's Research, the Speech and Hearing Impaired Foundation among other causes and she's the Women’s Health spokesperson for Thibodaux Regional Hospital. Hale was named one of New Orleans top female achievers by New Orleans Magazine in 2015. Prior to her Fox Sports career, she was an anchor on WVUE-DT's morning show in New Orleans, Louisiana. She called a call from some friends from LSU to interview former athletes and special guests at LSU football games to put on their website, coupled her work with the New Orleans Saints led to people in the Saints organization to recommend Hale to Fox Sports. In 2018, Hale revealed in a Women's Health article she co-written that she was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy during the 2016 NFL season. She wore a portable defibrillator for six months until medication she took helped get her heart rate back to normal. During the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, Hale filled-in for Jenny Taft as moderator for Skip and Shannon: Undisputed.
- "Jennifer Hale (@JenHale504) - Twitter". twitter.com. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
- Hale, Jennifer; Breit, Carly. "I was young, fit Fox Sports Reporter but my heart was shutting down". Women's Health. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
- report, Advocate staff (August 22, 2018). "LSU alum, Fox Sports mainstay Jennifer Hale tells story of heart condition she never saw coming". New Orleans Advocate. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
- "Jennifer Hale". Fox Sports PressPass. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
- "ESPN to Televise The Basketball Tournament Championship Week, Aug. 1-6". espnpressroom.com. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
- Murret, Patricia M. (November 25, 2014). "When not covering the NFL and NBA for FOX Sports, reporter Jennifer Hale retreats to her cozy French Quarter condo". NOLA.com. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
- Singletary, Kimberley (July 2015). "Jennifer Hale, 2015 New Orleans Top Female Achievers". My New Orleans. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
- Howell, Allison. "Alumni Spotlight: Jennifer Hale". Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
- Romano, Sara (March 9, 2016). "Alumni Spotlight: Jennifer Hale". Medill School of Journalism. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
- Lewis, Ted (September 23, 2015). "Fox sideline reporter Jennifer Hale always the achiever". New Orleans Advocate. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
- "About". Sideline Pass with Jennifer Hale. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
- "Jen Hale". NBA.com. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
- LESLIE CARDÉ. "Hidden, wearable defibrillator kept New Orleans' Jen Hale on the job despite heart condition". NOLA.com. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
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