Sideline Reporters To Keep An Eye On For 2014-15

Many have mocked the sideline reporter that appears on your television during football games in the fall.

But as we’ve seen with the Erin Andrews/Richard Sherman example, the sideline reporter is able to capture and inquire about the emotional aspects of the game.

With football here, it’s time to get familiar with those ladies who are working the sidelines for college and the NFL during the 2014-15 season.

Allie LaForce

Allie has been in the football world for quite some time working with CBS. Just recently, she announced she’ll be a co-host on the new football show by women, “We Need To Talk,” a first of a it’s kind in the country.

Kristina Akra

She’s graced the sidelines of the MLB and NFL for years, but it wasn’t until she covered the SEC for CBS that the guys really started to dig her. During her first broadcast, Akra’s website crashed because of all the internet searches seeking her out.

Read and see more of Kristina here

Colleen Wolfe

Colleen was a regional reporter for FOX 29 before the NFL Network snagged her up prior to the start of the 2014 season.

Read and see more pictures of Colleen here

Drea Avent

Drea has been on the NFL sidelines for years and it’s no wonder why. She’s a former collegiate athlete that covers not just football, but a variety of sports. You can check out a compilation video of her work on the NFL sidelines from as early as 2011.

Niki Noto-Palmer

Niki is relatively new to the scene, but with her start in golf coverage and ESPNU Roadtrip, it was only a matter of time before this quick-witted beauty found more time in the spotlight.

Read and see more pictures of Niki here

Rebecca Haarlow

Rebecca is well versed in the sports reporting world. She’s worked the newsroom and sidelines for the NFL Network, and has also had stints with the Big Ten and Portland Trailblazers. You can follow her work on Twitter @RebecaHaarlow.

Molly McGrath

In a world where new faces on the sidelines pop up regularly, Molly has been a fan favorite for years. She’s the anchor for “America’s Pregame” show on FOX Sports 1 and the sideline reporter for college football on FOX.

Jill Savage

You can find Jill Savage roaming the Pac-12 sidelines. The University of Iowa graduate has also worked with Campus Insiders at the University of Oregon, Oregon IMG Sports Network, Comcast SportsNet North, as well as other platforms.

Read and see more pictures of Jill Savage 

Sam Ponder

One of ESPN’s fan favorites since Erin Andrews left for FOX, Sam is the darling of the sideline reporter world. She also has quite possibly the cutest family in all of football, as shown below with her husband, Vikings QB Christian Ponder.

Erin Andrews

Where would this list be without EA? Erin put the term “sideline reporter” into the vocabulary of numerous football fans across the country. While she has had experience on ESPN and “Dancing With The Stars,” her home has been at FOX Sports for a couple years now.

We’ve written about the SEC Network’s lineup of talent, but it deserves another mention. Here are three sideline reporters who are some of the best in the game:


Maria is a sideline vet having worked with Comcast Sports South, Fox Sports South, Turner Sports and more before her big move to ESPN. Not only is she a sideline reporter, but this former athlete is also a college football analyst.

Read and see more pictures of Maria here


Kaylee is one of the brightest faces to join the new network. The former Baton Rouge native now calls Texas home, but you’ll be seeing plenty of her on the SEC sidelines this season.

Read and see more pictures of Kaylee here.


Laura is a graduate of the University of Florida, named Miss Florida 2012 and wife of Rockies baseball player Josh Rutledge. The SEC Network wasn’t her first home. She’s worked with FOX Sports in the Tampa and San Diego markets. Rutledge is making waves with her new employer in the south.

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