Who is Kathryn Tappen?
American sportscaster Kathryn Tappen was born in Morristown, New Jersey USA, on 9 April 1981 under the zodiac sign of Aries. She’s probably best known for the work which she’s done for the commercial broadcast TV and radio network NBC, but also for her presence on the internet.
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Education and early life
American married couple Richard G. and Sheila M. Tappen raised their daughter Kathryn in Morristown, alongside her sister Amanda Tappen; Richard and Sheila are of German descent, and it’s believed that he’s a former firefighter, and that she’s a former high school teacher.
Kathryn grew up being interested in sports, even though there were no female sports teams in her hometown, but she still played both basketball and baseball on boys’ teams while attending elementary school. Kathryn enrolled at Villa Walsh Academy in 1995, and there played both tennis and golf, however, she was mostly focused on running track during her four years there.
Upon matriculating in 1999, she enrolled at Rutgers University on both an athletic and academic scholarship; Kathryn was a member of the university’s track and cross-country teams, and was Big East All Star and Academic All-American four times. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism in 2003.
Upon graduation, Kathryn began working for CBS Sports Network, covering various sports for their College Sports Television. She then moved to Providence, Rhode Island when offered work at the TV station WJAR; she served as both their weekday sports reporter and weekend anchor.
After several years at WJAR, Kathryn moved to Watertown, Massachusetts as she was hired to work at New England Sports Network, and she gained recognition in 2011, when she joined the American sports cable and satellite TV NHL Network and began hosting their flagship show “NHL Tonight”. Kathryn stayed with NHL Network for three years, prior to moving to NBC in June 2014.
The same year saw her win the Boston Chapter of Women in Sports and Events Award for Woman of Inspiration, while she was then nominated for two New England Emmy Awards; Kathryn was also nominated for an Associated Press Award back in 2006, for hosting the segment “Swim Meet”.
Kathryn’s today working for NBC Sports Group, and can be seen covering both the Winter and Summer Olympic Games, golf and Notre Dame Football, while she can also be seen hosting the show “Football Night in America”.
Kathryn’s a social media star, and there are today more than 160,000 people following her Instagram account, while she’s posted over 900 pictures and videos onto the popular social media network. Kathryn mostly uses Instagram to share details of her everyday life with her fans, and has revealed that she loves emojis, and that she’s proud to be an American. She’s an avid golf player, and has showed off her skills in some of her Instagram videos.
There are today more than 130,000 people following Kathryn on Twitter; she launched her account in April 2009, and has since tweeted nearly 7,000 times, most related to sports in one way or the other.
There’s also a Facebook page of Kathryn, and it today numbers more than 20,000 fans, while her most recent update was on 20 September 2022.
She doesn’t seem to be active on TikTok, but many users have uploaded videos featuring Kathryn onto the network, and these have been viewed over a million times.
— Kathryn Tappen (@KathrynTappen) September 4, 2022
Kathryn doesn’t have her own channel on YouTube, but numerous videos which feature her can be found posted onto the video-sharing network by other users; most show her working, while others offer an insight into her private life. We’ll mention three of the most popular videos amongst these, which have contributed to Kathryn’s popularity on the internet.
The #1 video “NHL Conversation: Sidney Crosby” has been viewed close to 50,000 times since 10 October 2013, and features Kathryn interviewing Sidney Crosby, the captain of the hockey team Pittsburgh Penguins, who are competing in the National Hockey League (NHL).
The #2 video “Kathryn Tappen Talks Fashion” has been watched nearly 50,000 times since 15 September 2008, and shows her during a photoshoot at the Red Sox Team Store.
The #3 most watched video is “Bruins’ Brad Marchand on why he licks opponents | ‘Off the Ice’ with Kathryn Tappen | NHL on NBC”, viewed nearly 40,000 times since 17 January 2019, and shows Kathryn interviewing Brad Marchand, a member of the Boston Bruins NHL team.
Love life and husband
Although Kathryn avoids talking about her love life in public, it’s still widely known that she has an unsuccessful marriage behind her. She exchanged vows with Jay Leach in a large but private ceremony in July 2009. Jay’s a former professional ice hockey player, while he’s today coaching the Seattle Kraken team which competes in the NHL; Kathryn and Jay divorced in 2014, and they don’t have children together.
Kathryn hasn’t mentioned the men whom she’s since dated, although there are rumors circulating the internet today claiming that she’s been in a relationship with a non-celebrity American man for several years now, but this remains unconfirmed.
Kathryn seems to be unattached as of October 2022, was once married to Jay Leach, and doesn’t have children.
Interesting facts and hobbies
Kathryn often plays sports with her friends, mostly golf and tennis; she loves watching football, basketball and ice hockey both live and on TV.
She often works out at the gym, and also avoids eating unhealthy food, thus her slim figure.
Kathryn’s job has taken her to all the US states, and the popular sportscaster’s also travelled to more than 10 European countries, for both work and vacationing; her favorite city to travel to is Lyon, France.
She’s deeply religious, and goes to church multiple times every week.
Kathryn enjoys watching films in her spare time – her favorite actresses are Amanda Seyfried and Anne Hathaway, while some of her favorite movies are “Letters to Juliet”, “Dear John” and “Les Miserables”.
Height, eyes and net worth
Kathryn’s age is 41. Her hair is blonde and eyes are blue, her height is 5ft 10ins (1.78m) and her weight is about 145lbs (67kgs).
Kathryn’s net worth’s been estimated at over $1.5 million, as of October 2022.