NEW YORK — NBC’s “Today” has hired former “Monday Night Football” sideline reporter Melissa Stark as a national correspondent.
“Melissa began her journalism career in news and wanted to do more than just sports reporting. We are delighted to bring her talents to the ‘Today’ program,” NBC News prexy Neal Shapiro said.
“She has the intelligence, energy and curiosity to do the wide variety of stories that appeal to the morning news audience,” Shapiro said.
Star isn’t entirely leaving sports behind: She will be a part of the Peacock’s coverage of the Summer Olympics in Athens next summer, as well as other key NBC Sports events.
Stark said she has wanted to work for “Today” — the top broadcast ayem show — since she was a teenager.
“I’ve been covering sports for about 10 years, and as much as I really enjoyed doing it, I wanted to venture into other areas and do some different things. It seemed the perfect time to make that transition,” Stark said.
At ABC’s “Monday Night Football,” Stark was the lead sideline reporter for three years. She also reported on figure skating, the NFL Pro Bowl and celebrity golf events. In addition, she did reporting for sports cable net ESPN, one of ABC’s sister Disney divisions.