Erin Jill Andrews is an American sportscaster and television personality. She hosts Dancing with the Stars for ABC and is a sideline reporter for Fox NFL. Andrews was previously a co-host of College GameDay on ESPN and a contributor for Good Morning America on the ABC network. Take a look below for 30 more fascinating and interesting facts about Erin Andrews.
1. Andrews was born in Lewiston, Maine, to Paula Andrews, a teacher, and Steven Andrews, a TV journalist.
2. Her family moved to San Antonio, Texas when she was 5 years old, and then to Valrico, Florida, 18 months later, when her father, a six-time Emmy Award–winner, began working as an investigative reporter for NBC affiliate WFLA-TV.
3. Andrews describes herself as a tomboy as a youth, living a life that always revolved around sports, watching NBA games with her father growing up, particularly Boston Celtics games.
4. Andrews cited Hannah Storm, Melissa Stark, Lesley Visser, and Suzy Kolber as female sportscasters she looked up to who ultimately inspired her to become a sportscaster herself.
5. Andrews attended Bloomingdale High School in Valrico, Florida, where she was a member of the dance team, student government, and the National Honor Society.
6. Also while growing up, she attended Brandon School of Dance Arts in Seffner, Florida.
7. In high school, Andrews claimed that, as a tomboy, she did not have a lot of female friends, opting to hang out with the boys, finding it more enjoyable to discuss sports with them.
8. Following graduation from high school in 1996, Andrews attended the University of Florida, graduating in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Telecommunication.
9. While in college, she was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, and the Florida Gators Dazzlers dance team from 1997 to 2000.
10. In 2000, Andrews was employed by Fox Sports Florida as a freelance reporter.
11. From 2001 to 2002, she served as a Tampa Bay Lightning reporter for the Sunshine Network.
12. From 2002 to 2004, Andrews covered the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Thrashers, and Atlanta Hawks for the Turner South network as a studio host and reporter.
13. Andrews began working for ESPN in April 2004 as a reporter for ESPN National Hockey Night.
14. In 2010, Andrews appeared on the tenth season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, partnered with Maksim Chmerkovskiy. They placed third out of 11 couples.
15. On June 29, 2012, it was announced that Andrews was leaving ESPN to join Fox Sports.
16. She was the first host of Fox College Football’s studio show with Eddie George and Joey Harrington joining her as analysts.
17. Andrews became a spokesperson for the Kraft Foods Huddle to Fight Hunger campaign in 2010, which aimed to raise US$2.86 million for Feeding America.
18. In October 2011, Erin Andrews teamed up with StubHub, the world’s largest online ticket marketplace, to launch a new national campaign called Girls Night Out. This campaign encourages women to celebrate and take pride in their love for sports with the opportunity of winning tickets to attend a game of their choice with their friends.
19. In May 2013, she co-hosted the Music Builds: CMT Disaster Relief Concert on the CMT network to raise money for the American Red Cross in response to the April 27 tornadoes in Oklahoma.
20. At the beginning of the 2014 National Football League season, Andrews was named the new face of CoverGirl and partnered with the cosmetic company for the new #Gameface contest, which encourages women to upload their spirited, fan game-faced images, to social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook with the hashtag “#Gameface” and tagging @CoverGirl.
21. Andrews became an Orangetheory Fitness ambassador in October 2016.
22. In 2008, Michael David Barrett, then 46, filmed Andrews in her hotel room through peepholes at the Nashville Marriott adjacent to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and the Radisson Airport Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
23. On July 16, 2009, one of these videos, in which Andrews appeared totally nude, was posted online and quickly went viral. Barrett was arrested on October 2, 2009, by the FBI for interstate stalking, and pleaded guilty to the charges on December 15, 2009.
24. Andrews sued Barrett, Marriott International, Radisson Hotels, and five other entities for negligence and invasion of privacy in connection with the secret videotaping.
25. In March 2013, Andrews’s lawyers filed a motion in Los Angeles Superior Court seeking to quash a subpoena from Marriott “seeking her payroll records, contracts, performance reviews, any disciplinary reports, as well as other employment information from her current employer, Fox.” The attorneys said that Marriott is also seeking “physician letters, notes, annual physicals, and other related medical records” and that the request was an attempt to “harass and embarrass” Andrews.
26. In October 2015, Andrews filed a complaint against the Nashville Marriott and Michael David Barrett for US$75 million. Jury selection for the hearing began on February 22, 2016. On March 7, 2016, after a two-week trial, the jury awarded Andrews US$55 million.
27. Andrews previously lived in Atlanta, Georgia, but now lives in Los Angeles, California. She was voted “America’s sexiest sportscaster” in 2007 and 2008 by Playboy magazine.
28. She began a relationship with professional hockey player Jarret Stoll in December 2012. The couple got engaged in December 2016 and were married on June 24, 2017. Together they have a golden retriever named Howard.
29. In January 2017, Andrews announced that she was diagnosed with cervical cancer in September 2016 for which she received treatment.
30. After defeating the cancer and informing the public of her experience, she partnered with a women’s health diagnostics company, Hologic, to launch a campaign. The campaign, called We Can Change This STAT encourages women to go to the doctor for their annual exams, as well as getting men to encourage the women in their lives to take their exams.