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Olivia Harlan Followed Her Dad Into Sports Broadcasting
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Sportscaster Kevin Harlan has one of the most recognizable voices in sports.

It’s like he was made for the mic. You look up a more “perfect play-by-play announcer voice” in the dictionary, and it’s a picture of the NBA on TNT broadcaster.

Harlan’s career had an affect on his daughter Olivia, who followed in her dad’s footsteps

Sideline Reporter Olivia Harlan Dekker

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Olivia was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and grew up in the Overland Park area. In addition to her father being a famous sports broadcaster, her grandfather Bob Harlan is the former CEO of the Green Bay Packers

She won Miss Kansas Teen USA in 2010. Four years later, she graduated from the University of Georgia‘s Grady College of Journalism with a degree in digital and broadcast journalism.

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The UGA grad wears many different hats in the sports journalism world, including joining ESPN as sideline reporter for the network’s college football coverage in 2015. Additionally, she works with the NFL on Westwood One Sports, and the Big Ten Network‘s basketball coverage. Previously, she covered SEC and ACC football for Fox Sports South and hosted a Packers web series while covering the team’s preseason practices for Raycom Sports and the Packers TV Network. You can add Atlanta Hawks and CBS Sports Coverage to her resume, too.

Harlan-Dekker and her dad become the first father-daughter broadcasting duo in NFL history when they worked together on a Westwood One radio call in 2018.

In her personal life, the sports reporter is married to pro basketball player Sam Dekker. The couple tied the knot in 2018, which makes her Olivia Harlan Dekker. Sam, a lifelong Sheboygan, Wisconsin native, currently plays for Turk Telekom of the Turkish Super League. The former Wisconsin Badger played for the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Washington Wizards in the NBA.

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The Dekkers used the proceeds from their wedding to support the Children’s Cancer Family Foundation.

Harlan-Dekker has paved her own career in the sports journalism field. It’s safe to say that sports are a family business for the Harlans.

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Joe Grobeck About the author:
Joe is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and lives in Austin, Texas. He believes Ndaumkong Suh should've won the 2009 Heisman and is an avid basketball fan.
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