Chris Fowler Bio: Early Life, Wife & Net Worth

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Christopher Brady Fowler, aka Chris Fowler, is an American sports broadcaster for ESPN, who also serves as the play-by-play announcer for Saturday Night Football on ABC and ESPN’s tennis coverage.

Chris replaced Brent Musburger as the play-by-play announcer for Saturday Night Football on ABC in 2014, alongside his fellow College Gameday’s Kirk Herbstreit.

He is famous for his work on College GameDay, which he hosted between 1990 and 2014.

ESPN Broadcaster Chris Fowler
ESPN Broadcaster Chris Fowler (Source: ESPN Press Room)

The American sportscaster had a tense discussion with John McEnroe on ESPN on January 29, 2023, over Novak Djokovic’s deportation from Australia. Djokovic chose not to vaccinate against the Covid-19 that led him to be deported in 2022. 

Chris said the professional tennis player should have taken the booster shot, while John said that he is being careful about everything he puts into his body. 

Here in this article, we will discuss Chris Fowler’s early life, career, personal life, and net worth. But before that, let’s go through his quick facts. 

Quick Facts

Full Name Chris Fowler
Birth Date August 23, 1962
Birth Place Rockford, Illinois
Nick Name NA
Religion Christian
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Education General William J. Palmer High School, University of Colorado
Mother’s Name N/A
Father’s Name Knox Fowler
Horoscope Sagittarius
Siblings Ross Fowler (Brother)
Age  61 Years Old
Height 6’4″/1.93 m/193 cm
Weight 92 kg/203 lb.
Hair Color Dark Brown
Eye Color Blue
Build Athletic
Profession Sports Broadcaster
Marital Status Married
Wife Jennifer Dempster
Kids N/A
Salary $3 million
Net Worth $7 million
Social Media Instagram, Twitter
Merch Book, Novel
Last Update May 2024

Early Life, Family, & Education

Chris Fowler was born on August 23, 1962, and was raised in Rockford, Illinois. Later, Chris’s family relocated to Colorado Springs during his teenage years.

His father, Knox, was a theatre professor at Penn State University, whereas no details about his mother are available in the media. 

Fowler joined General William J. Palmer High School in 1980. Later, he graduated from the University of Colorado in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree.

He happens to be the very first recipient of the ‘Alan Berg Memorial Journalism Scholarship’ from the Denver Press Club.

Fowler started being involved in journalism during his undergraduate years. From 1983 to 1985, he worked for a cable television program. Likewise, he worked as a producer and co-host for a weekly magazine.

He spent two years serving as director of sports for KAIR-AM and reported for Rocky Mountain News from 1982-1984, covering high school sports.

Age, Height & Body Measurements

Chris, 61, is a tall, handsome man of white ethnicity. He stands at a towering height of 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 meters) and 92kg (203 pounds)

Despite his age, the sportscaster has well maintained his body and only eats a balanced diet. Added to that, his black hair and brown eyes complement his entire look.

Career

At KCNC-TV, an NBC affiliate in Denver, Fowler spent almost two years of his early career as a production assistant, journalist, editor, and sports reporter.

He worked as an intern in the sports department at KMGH-TV in 1984. After that, he joined ESPN in July 1986 and served as the host of Scholastic Sports America for two years.

Subsequently, from 1998, he performed the role of a college football sideline reporter.

Another Happy Day at the office
 Chris Fowler At His Office (Source: Instagram)

During this period, Chris interviewed Charles Thompson, a former quarterback and star player at the University of Oklahoma, who was then imprisoned on charges of substance abuse.

Fowler started hosting the Road Show for College GameDay football in 1990 and 1991, and finally, he extended to other ESPN college football segments.

Unfortunately, in February 2015, he was replaced by Rece Davis as host of GameDay.

Chris continues as the play-by-play announcer for Saturday Night Football and hosts regular exhibitions of the Heisman Trophy in 2024.

Besides calling football games, Fowler is also the head studio anchor for ESPN’s televised tennis tournaments, including the Australian Open, Wimbledon, French Open, and US Open since 2009. 

Chris Fowler And Kirk Herbstreit Announced NFL Games For The Chiefs Vs. The Broncos

On December 14, 2021, ESPN announced Fowler and Herbstreit would call one of their Saturday doubleheader games in Week 18 for the NFL, with Laura Rutledge reporting from the sidelines.

Quick Review Of His Career

  • Fowler got linked to ESPN in July 1986 as the host/reporter of Scholastic Sports America.
  • In 1988, he began serving as a college football sideline reporter for two seasons.
  • Fowler conducted an exclusive interview with ex-Oklahoma quarterback Charles Thompson.
  • Fowler hosted the Heisman Trophy ceremony in 1997. After Charles Woodson won the award, Tennessee fans called him and ESPN a “trailer park frenzy” on a radio show.
  • Fowler has also worked and shown his talents with ESPN’s Summer X Games from 1995 to 2000 and the Winter X Games.
  • In 2010, he anchored ESPN’s and ABC’s month-long 2010 FIFA World Cup coverage.

Personal Life

After digging into Chris’s life, we learned he is happily married to professional fitness model Jennifer Dempster.

Jennifer, who stands at 1.65 m tall, debuted as Clara in the Nutcracker.

Chris and Jennifer At their wedding.
Chris And Jennifer At Their Wedding (Source: Manhattan Bride)

At 17, she performed with the American Dance Machine in the USA and Europe.

As a fitness instructor, Jenifer was a regular guest performer on BodyShaping, a workout show on ESPN.

Surprisingly, she crossed paths with Chris while working there. Soon after, they fell in love and engaged while traveling to Paris. 

The couple had a fairy tale wedding in 2006 at Oheka Castle, Huntington, New York.

Marriage

Sources say that they booked the venue on the beautiful grounds of Oheka Castle. 

Jennifer wore a beautiful gown purchased from Lazaro, while her husband wore a black suit from Lombardo Custom Apparel. 

Chris and his wife.
Chris With His Wife Jennifer (Source: Celeb Doko)

Their makeup artist was Jennifer Mayer and Donna Bardot, while Salon Zay Michaels did their hair.

Raffi Fine Jewelry designed their wedding ring, which was embedded with golden tints. 

The wedding looked like something out of a fairy tale; with the sun setting on the beautiful grounds of Oheka Castle, everything looked perfect. 

Fowler and his wife, Jennifer, live a happy life in 2024. The couple has no children to date, as they both are busy with their respective careers. 

Net Worth & Salary

Chris Fowler has an estimated net worth of $7 million in 2024.

Being one of the highest-paid ESPN personalities, his annual salary is reported to be around $3 million.

Fowler is living a dream life and providing the best for his wife as well.

He lives in a 2,446-square-foot house in Blue River, Colorado, which he purchased for $301k. The house includes 2 beds and 3 bathrooms.

According to some sources, Chris also owns a 2-unit condo in Denver. 

Social Media Presence

We all know how important it is for an anchor to stay connected to the audience. Being in the media field, Chris tries to keep his fans and followers about his whereabouts.

Fowler’s social media post includes sharing pictures and tweets about his activities, and he tries to reach out to his fans as much as possible. 

He is available on Instagram under the handle @chrisfowler and Twitter @cbfowler.

Instagram: 144k followers

Twitter: 809.6k followers 

Popularity

Having started his career in 1982, he has continuously gained popularity for calling a wide range of sports for the ESPN network.

Chris Fowler's Popularity Fowler
Chris Fowler’s Popularity Fowler (Source: Google Trends)

The above graph is the pictorial representation of the popularity of Chris Fowler based on Google searches in the United States over a year.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

How much is Chris Fowler Colorado house worth?

According to sources, Chris Fowler purchased his Colorado house for $301k.

What college did Chris Fowler go to?

Chris Fowler attended the University of Colorado and graduated with a science degree in radio/television news in 1985.

Are Jeremy Fowler and Chris Fowler related?

No, Jeremy Fowler and Chris Fowler are not related.

Is Chris Fowler from State College?

Chris Fowler grew up in State College as a Penn State fan.

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