Who is Jen Lada?
Jennifer Nicole ‘Jen’ Lada was born on 14 January 1981 under the zodiac sign of Capricorn, in Chicago, Illinois USA. She is a 40-year-old sportscaster, journalist and news anchor, probably best recognized from working for ESPN.
How rich is she, as of now? Jen Lada’s Net Worth
As of early 2022, Jen Lada’s net worth is estimated at over $2 million, acquired through her successful involvement in the news industry, and collaborations with various prestigious news companies. Her annual salary is reputedly around $100,000.
Early Life, Parents, Siblings, Nationality, Ethnicity, Religion, Educational Background
Jen Lada spent her early years in her hometown of Spring Grove, Illinois, where she was raised by her father, Louis E. Stahl, who worked as a food company executive, and her mother, Dorothy J. (née Tishler); she has three siblings but their names aren’t disclosed. She holds American nationality, belongs to White Caucasian ethnic group, and is a Christian.
Regarding her education, Jen attended Marian Central Catholic H.S in Woodstock, Illinois, which was where she developed her love for sports, and was a member of the school’s track and cross country teams.
Upon matriculation, she enrolled into Marquette University, from which she obtained her degree in Broadcast Electronics, Television Broadcasting, and Sociology in 2002.
Prior to becoming a successful journalist, Jen Lada spent some time working as a waitress. She launched her professional career in the field of journalism even before she graduated, as she worked for a local newspaper while she was a student. After completing her studies, she went on to do her internship as a reporter at Watts Communication, Inc. from August 2002 to May 2003.
Three months later, she took an opportunity to work as a sports reporter and anchor for the NBC-affiliated TV station WREX, which is licensed to Rockford, Illinois, and where she worked for two years and three months.
Rise to Fame
Thereafter, Jen Lada was hired by WITI, which is owned and operated by the FOX Television Stations division, and located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her stint there lasted for seven years until January 2013, and during that time she was awarded the Best Sportscast 1st Place honor from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, for her story about a Milwaukee woman who ran across the United States to raise awareness about multiple sclerosis.
While working there, she also served as a radio contributor for a weekly podcast at Good Karma Broadcasting, from January 2010 to January 2013.
Jen then got a job at the Comcast Sports Net Chicago, which is now known as NBC Sports Chicago. It’s a regional sports network that covers various professional sports teams in the Chicago area. She worked there as a sportscaster for two years and a half until June 2015, and she did the coverage of the Chicago Bears American Football team, and the Chicago White Sox baseball team.
Continued Success and ESPN Network
Jen Lada gained international recognition when she started working for the sports channel ESPN in June 2015. She could be seen on numerous TV programs, such as “Baseball Tonight” and “First Take”, and from 2016 to 2017, she was also heard in 60 episodes of the highly popular sports-talk radio show “Mike & Mike”, co-hosted by Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg. Her next major project came when she was chosen to work as a co-host of the sports talk morning TV program “Get Up” in 2018.
Afterwards, Jen appeared in such TV shows as “Sunday NFL Countdown”, “SportsCenter”, “College GameDay”, “E:60”, “Outside The Lines”, “College Football Life”, and “Shaq Life”, among many others. In 2020, she won a Sports Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Short Sports Documentary category for “Hilinski’s Hope” about former South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Ryan Hilinski. She also earned a Sports Emmy nomination for her story “Restart”.
She also works as a contributor for ESPN Radio’s digital platforms, and was even a member of ESPN’s Department of Highlights, having previously served as the host of the podcast entitled “SC Featured”.
Appearance and Vital Statistics
Jen Lada has long dark brown hair and dark brown eyes. She stands at a height of 5ft 7ins (1.70m), weighs around 127lbs (58kgs), with vital statistics of 34-25-35, bra size 32B, dress size 4 (US), and shoe size 7 (US).
Personal Life and Sexual Assault
Jen Lada was married to her college sweetheart Sean Reti, who is now a soccer coach. They tied the knot in 2006, three years later welcomed their son named Chase Reti, but shortly afterwards they parted their ways and divorced.
She then became romantically involved with sports broadcaster Dario Melendez, known as a sports director for WISN-TV (Channel 12). The two exchanged their wedding vows at a ceremony held on 2 October 2017, and she gave birth to their first daughter, named Layla Melendez, in 2018, and their second daughter named Keira Melendez, was born in 2019.
Jen once revealed on her Twitter account that she faced sexual harassment during her first job interview in the field of journalism, which happened when she was 22 years old and that the interviewer is a sportscaster.