Host of ABC’s primetime Saturday Night Football and ESPN’s CollegeGameDay, Chris Fowler is one of the most versatile and talented personalities on television. A fixture at ESPN since he started with the network in 1986, Fowler plays the role of host, commentator or play-by-play announcer for many of ESPN’s signature productions.
In March 2014, ESPN made the major announcement that Fowler will take over the lead play-by-play duties of ABC’s Saturday Night Football. One of the most prominent voices in college football, Fowler also hosts College GameDay Built by The Home Depot, ESPN’s Emmy-Award winning pregame show. In addition, the multifaceted Fowler remains a commentator for the network’s tennis coverage including
all four of the sport’s Grand Slam tournaments.
Fowler began his professional career at ESPN as the host of Scholastic Sports America and continued to broaden his exposure when became the host of College GameDay in 1990. The show, which has morphed into a Saturday staple among college football fans nationwide, has won the Sports Emmy for Best Weekly Studio Show multiple times. Fowler and his co-hosts were also voted the “Most Powerful Media Personalities in Sports” in 2003 by The Sporting News. Additionally, he has also served as the network’s host of the Heisman Trophy Show since 1994 and The Home Depot College Football Awards Show since 1993.
Over the years, Fowler has also hosted ESPN’s SportsCenter, coverage of the NCAA Final Four, X Games, horse racing’s Triple Crown races and a variety of other sports and events. He added auto-racing coverage to his resume in 2006 when he covered the Daytona 500 for the first time. He was also the host and narrator for ESPN Classic’s hit show, SportsCentury. As the voice of SportsCentury, Fowler was honored with two sports Emmy Awards.
Fowler has been the primary host of ESPN’s Grand Slam tennis coverage since 2003. He has also called matches at these events including the finals at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon. A native of Denver, Colorado, Fowler graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Science in Radio/Television News. He got his start in sports in college as the director for the University of Colorado’s sports radio station, KAIR-AM.