Topics: College of Communication Information and Media, Speakers, Athletics

October 10, 2018

ESPN reporter and play-by-play commentator Holly Rowe will visit Ball State University October 22 to speak on “Working and Living with Passion and Purpose."

Her presentation, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. in Emens Auditorium and is part of the David Letterman Distinguished Professional Lecture and Workshop Series. Ball State’s College of Communication, Information, and Media, and Ball State Athletics are sponsoring her visit.

Rowe joined ESPN on a regular basis in August 1998 and had previously served as a sideline reporter for select ESPN telecasts in 1997 and for ABC Sports from 1995-96.

Rowe primarily covers college football, men’s and women’s basketball, and softball as a reporter, as well as the NBA and WNBA. In addition, Rowe has covered soccer, swimming, track and field, and the Little League World Series of baseball and softball for ESPN. She plays a role in espnW’s coverage of the sports she works on. Rowe also continues to serve as the reporter for the Women’s Final Four.

Rowe has provided play-by-play for women’s college basketball and women’s college volleyball for ESPN since 1998 and Fox Sports from 1993-2003. Rowe was one of four play-by-play announcers on ESPN’s coverage of the 1998 Women’s World Cup and has hosted ESPN’s coverage of the Running of the Bulls. She was also the analyst for the WNBA’s Utah Starzz until the franchise moved to San Antonio. Rowe served as the play-by-play voice for Brigham Young University (BYU) women’s basketball, volleyball and gymnastics from 1993-2009 and as a BYU and Air Force football sideline reporter for the Blue and White Sports Network from 1993-97.

Rowe has worked as a sports reporter and anchor for outlets in Salt Lake City including KSL Radio, Fox 13 TV, KBYU TV, BYU Sports Network and KFNZ Radio.

She graduated from the University of Utah with a broadcast journalism degree. While at Utah, Rowe was a sportswriter for the Daily Utah Chronicle and the Davis County Clipper, and anchored the campus television station news.