SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – October 11, 2017 – NBC Sports Bay Area (@NBCSAuthentic) and the Golden State Warriors (@Warriors) today announced that veteran sports anchor and reporter Kerith Burke (@KerithBurke) has joined the Warriors broadcast team as a sideline reporter. In addition, she will provide coverage across the network’s signature programs – Warriors Pregame Live, Warriors Postgame Live, Warriors Central and other NBA programming. Burke will also present original content throughout the season across various social media platforms: Facebook (facebook.com/NBCSAuthentic); Instagram (NBCSAuthentic); Snapchat (NBCSAuthentic); and Twitter (@NBCSAuthentic & @NBCSWarriors).
Burke will join the Emmy Award-winning team of Bob Fitzgerald and Jim Barnett. She will make her debut this Friday (October 13) at 7:30 p.m. as the Warriors host the Sacramento Kings in preseason action.
“It's a dream to cover the defending NBA champions and this world-class organization,” said Burke. “The team has achieved so much and built the foundation for more. I feel like the luckiest reporter alive. I'm thrilled to work with NBC Sports Bay Area to bring to life all the Warriors' stories from this incredible roster.”
"Kerith is a perfect fit for our broadcast team," said Warriors’ President and COO Rick Welts. “Her extensive experience in major markets and covering high-profile teams will make her transition seamless. We’re excited about her addition and know that our fans will benefit from her extensive insight.”
“Kerith is a true professional with deep roots in basketball and extensive experience covering championship teams,” said David Koppett, Vice President of Content Strategy for NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California. “We’re excited to put her in position to connect Warriors fans with the passion and excellence of this special team.”
Burke has more than a decade of experience as a sports anchor and reporter at the highest levels, including her work as a sideline reporter for NBC Olympics’ coverage of Team USA women’s basketball during the team's historic gold medal run at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. She had a long stint as an anchor and reporter at SportsNet New York (SNY) – a regional sports network for the New York Mets, New York Jets and University of Connecticut men’s and women’s basketball, with daily coverage of all the Tri-State area’s professional and collegiate sports teams.
At SNY, Burke served as the sideline reporter for UConn men’s and women’s basketball. She covered the UConn women’s four consecutive national championships (2013-2016) and hosted the Emmy Award-winning "The Geno Auriemma Show." Burke was also an anchor and reporter for SNY’s nightly news and highlights show “Geico SportsNite.”
Prior to SNY, Burke worked in the sports departments of local news stations in Washington, Idaho and North Carolina. She was a reporter, fill-in anchor, photographer and editor. Most recently, Burke freelanced as a basketball and football reporter for the Pac-12 Network. Burke was born outside of Seattle, WA and moved around the country with her Army family growing up. She graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Communications.
NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California, both part of NBC Sports Regional Networks, serve more than four million households in Northern California, Nevada, Southern Oregon and Hawaii. NBC Sports Bay Area, the television home of MLB’s San Francisco Giants, NBA’s Golden State Warriors, and the official regional sports network of the San Francisco 49ers, also features a robust lineup of Emmy Award-winning news, analysis and original programming. NBC Sports California offers live coverage of MLB’s Oakland Athletics, NBA’s Sacramento Kings, NHL’s San Jose Sharks, MLS’s San Jose Earthquakes and is the official regional sports network of the Oakland Raiders. Collectively, these networks deliver more than 600 live game broadcasts per year. NBCSportsBayArea.com and NBCSportsCalifornia.com provide fans with comprehensive digital coverage of the hometown teams with original stories and content from a team of “Insiders,” breaking news, up-to-the-minute game previews/recaps, highlights and multimedia video clips. Follow both networks on social media –Twitter: @NBCSAuthentic; Instagram: NBCSAuthentic; Snapchat: NBCSAuthentic; and Facebook: facebook.com/NBCSAuthentic.