Kathryn Tappen began making her name during five years at NESN, where she grew into an excellent and respected studio host, primarily on the network’s Bruins telecasts.
She enhanced her profile when she moved to the NHL Network in 2011. And now her prominence is about to go to a whole new level.
NBC Sports Group announced today that Tappen has been hired to contribute to a variety of programming, including “NHL Live,” Notre Dame football, and “Football Night in America,” the latter of which draws extraordinary ratings on Sunday nights.
She will also be part of the network’s coverage of Super Bowl XLIX in 2015, the Summer Olympics in Brazil in 2016, and the Winter Olympics in South Korea in 2018.
Even with all of her new duties, Tappen will continue to appear on the NHL Network. While Liam McHugh remains NBC’s lead NHL studio host, Tappen will serve as one of the hosts for “NHL Live” and “NHL Overtime” on NBC Sports Network.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the NBC Sports team and to work on some of the most high-profile events in sports,” Tappen said in a statement. “This opportunity represents the best of both worlds as I can continue to work on hockey, including signature events for NHL Network, while also covering sports that I’ve worked on in the past and have had a passion for since childhood, such as the Olympics, the NFL and college football.”
On “Football Night in America,” she will be the on-site reporter covering a high-profile afternoon game. She will share that role with Alex Flanagan and Carolyn Manno, formerly of Comcast SportsNet New England.