An embodiment of knowing what you want, and doing just that, is exactly what Cindy Brunson is. Popularly known for her work as a sports anchor and reporter in ESPN’s flagship program SportsCenter, she is currently working as a part of Pac-12 Networks’ broadcast team.
A figure who has inspired many sportswomen and fellow anchors and newscasters by her strong opinions and supportive nature, Brunson is a woman who will not hesitate to speak her mind. Brunson is also no stranger to letting people know what she believes in, as often seen in her social media posts.
A firm believer in ‘Perception becomes a reality,’ Cindy Brunson seems always to get it right. At the age of 45, Brunson still has the energy and enthusiasm of a person in their early 30s, and her books tell the same.
This confident, bold, and charming lady has definitely left a mark in the field of sports entertainment and broadcasting, and she doesn’t look close to stopping any time soon.
Cindy Brunson: Quick Facts
|Full Name||Cindy Brunson|
|Birth Date||June 10, 1975|
|Birth Place||Tacoma, Washington, U.S. A|
|Nick Name||Not available|
|Education||Washington State University|
|Father’s Name||Not Available|
|Mother’s Name||Not Available|
|Age||45 years old|
|Height||5’9″ (1.78 m)|
|Shoe Size||Not Available|
|Body Measurement||Not Available|
|Net Worth||$2 million (2018)|
|Broadcasting Affiliations||Pac-12 (Current), ESPN (Former)|
|Social Media||LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram|
Cindy Brunson: Early Life and Education
Born on 10th June 1975 in Tacoma, Washington, Brunson attended the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. She enrolled in Curtis Senior High School in University Place, Washington. Brunson became aware of her interest in sports broadcasting at the age of 12 when she saw American newscaster Robin Roberts on ESPN talking about sports.
But before she even pursued her career, she would experience prejudice for being a girl interested in sports. Her mother would appoint her as the ‘beverage girl’ to take the drinks to her father and his friends who would be hollering in the living room watching football games on Sundays, something she found ‘lame.’
So, she decided to grab an encyclopedia and memorize the referee’s signals. And the following Sunday, she went to the living room and said, ‘That was not a hold! I can’t believe the ref threw that flag’.
After that, Brunson and her father became regular attendees of the home Seahawks, Sonics, and Mariners games. And it only made sense that she would follow the path that would take her even closer to her dream career; by enrolling and graduating from the Washington State University with a Bachelor Degree in Arts and Broadcast Communication, and a minor in Political Science.
Cindy Brunson: Early Career
By the age of 23, Cindy Brunson had already made her career debut with KATU in Portland, Oregon, where she worked as a weekend sport and news anchor/reporter.
During her work with KATU, she covered the Portland Trail Blazers (National Basketball Association), University of Oregon, and Oregon State’s football team, to name a few. But before working for KATU, she had also worked as a weather anchor and news reporter at KHQ-6 in Spokane, Washington.
Cindy Brunson: ESPN
After working with KATU for a year, she got signed full-time by ESPN as an ESPNEWS anchor, where she would become one of the most popular SportsCenter faces. Cindy worked for ESPN for the next 12 years, during which some of her most notable works would be as an anchor for SportsCenter, host for Hot Take, and an analyst for College Basketball Live.
Despite getting the big break with ESPN, many hurdles would follow Brunson as a woman broadcaster, where she, very early on, got to learn about the ignorance and fickleness of some viewers. The day after she anchored the show for the first time, she got misogynistic messages from viewers, three telling her to ‘go back to the kitchen’ and the rest commenting on her looks.
— Cindy Brunson (@CindyBrunsonAZ) January 12, 2021
With the advice from Stuart Scott, a longtime SportsCenter anchor, who only played back the racist messages he had gotten, Brunson decided to perceive them as motivators and kept the first ‘get back in the kitchen’ message for her own reminder.
Likewise, her diligence paid off, as her ESPN time helped her become one of the most familiar faces amongst the sportscasters in ESPN SportsCenter.
Brunson has been a part of some of the most incredible moments in sports. In one of the interviews with CougFanCom, Brunson admitted that the Tiger Woods’ weekend car accident outside his Florida home was one of the most incredible things she got to cover in the world of sports.
Besides this, Brunson was the anchor when ESPNEWS covered the Florida Marlins rookie Aníbal Sánchez’s no-hitter and when Barry Bonds hit his 755th and 756th career home runs that tied and surpassed Hank Aaron for most all-time in Major League history, a night that she claims to be surreal and ‘will never forget.’
After anchoring her final sports broadcast with Bram Weinstein, Brunson officially departed from ESPN on December 29, 2012.
Cindy Brunson: Arizona Diamondbacks and Pac-12 Networks
In April 2013, Brunson joined Fox Sports Arizona’s broadcast team as the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Live pregame and postgame host and reporter. She has been working as Play by Play Commentator and Analyst for Phoenix Mercury since May 2013.
Likewise, Cindy has also been working as a commentator since 2014 on Pac-12 Networks. She has served as a College Football and Men’s College Basketball Sideline reporter and Women’s College Basketball Play-by-Play announcer.
Also, in November 2019, she was hired by the Texas Tech Athletic Department to enhance the Lady Raiders television coverage.
Cindy Brunson: Personal Life and Marriage Interests
Cindy Brunson got married to her longtime boyfriend, Steve Berthiaume, in June 2009. Like his wife, Steve is also an American television sportscaster serving as a play-by-play broadcast announcer for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He is also a former anchor in ESPN and former sportscaster for SportsNet New York.
Brunson and her husband have a similar career background; Steve ran the cross-country track and also worked as an announcer for the basketball team in Massachusetts, where he grew up. Steve, a graduate of Emerson College, covered the University of Connecticut men’s and women’s basketball and their involvement in the NCCA tournament during his work at WTIC-HV in Hartford, Connecticut.
Similarly, Brunson then worked at the now-defunct CNCCI network, and then to ESPN in February 2000. He started at ESPNEWS later, worked as an anchor for SportsCenter. Brunson co-anchored her first SportsCenter broadcast in February 2001 alongside Berthiaume.
Despite leaving ESPN to become chief sportscaster for the new SNY network in 2006, Steve returned to ESPN SportsCenter on March 28, 2007, to work closer to Cindy.
Later, Brunson did the same in 2013 for Steve as she went on to join the Arizona Diamondbacks after the baseball broadcast team hired Steve to serve as a play-by-play broadcaster for FOX Sports Arizona, replacing Daron Sutton, in 2012. The two of them have been working in the same broadcasting network since.
Cindy Brunson- Women in Sports
Cindy Brunson has proven to be a trailblazer throughout her career who has paved the way for women in broadcasting, which has been long dominated by male personalities and voices.
From being a new face in sportscasting, who was not accepted by the viewers, to now being one of the most familiar faces in the field of sports broadcasting, this lady inspires people everywhere she goes with her grace and attitude; Brunson has truly set an example for up and coming female sportscasters.
But Brunson had to overcome strong prejudices such as ‘women cannot understand sports,’ and that female sportscasters are ‘just another pretty face’ to establish credibility in sports broadcasting. And despite making it look effortless, Brunson admits that her work requires a lot of preparation and homework.
🚨For the FIRST time in program history No. 25 @WSUCougarWBB is RANKED in the @AP_Top25 💥 Up next @KamieEthridge ‘s crew go to the LA schools w/ a ginormous matchup vs No. 8 @UCLAWBB on Sunday 📺: @Pac12Network 11a pac! #Pac12WBB #BackThePac 📸: @WSUCougars pic.twitter.com/1GoGnZaIGp
— Cindy Brunson (@CindyBrunsonAZ) January 11, 2021
A woman in sportscasting requires her ‘to learn everything you can about sports you don’t know’; an advice Brunson gave to Beth O’Donnell and her classmates. Brunson admits that she cannot give anybody an excuse to tell her to ‘get back into the kitchen,’ so she has to be good just like other women.
Cindy Brunson: Salary and Net Worth
Brunson was estimated to have a net worth of around $2 million in 2018. However, her current salary and net worth are not disclosed.
Cindy Brunson: Age, Height, and Nationality
At the time of writing, Cindy Brunson is 45 years of age. Tacoma, Washington born Brunson, is biracial, from a black father and a white mother, despite most people claiming her to be white. Brunson was born on 10th June 1975, which makes her a Gemini star sign.
Cindy Brunson: Children
Cindy and Steve do not have any children as of now. However, they own a rescue dog – Jon Show, named after the popular TV show, Game of Thrones.
Cindy Brunson: Personal Interests
Brunson, inspired by Al Gore’s documentary, “An inconvenient Truth,” decided to sign up to be a Climate Reality Leader at the Climate Reality Leadership Corps session held in Pittsburgh in October 2017, and now is associated with The Climate Reality Project.
Furthermore, she is also a part of The Association for Women in Sports Media since May 2013 and the National Association of Black Journalists.
Brunson is also an alumna of the Murrow College of Communications at Washington State University. She credits her college for putting her in a ‘position to succeed’ and helping her ‘television broadcast dreams become a reality.’
Similarly, Cindy is also notorious for her love of coffee; her husband has even claimed that she drinks around two pots of coffee a day during an interview with Fox Sports Arizona.
Brunson is also an avid fan of the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Mariners.