Bernstein has covered a wide range of sports leagues, including the NFL, college football, NBA, MLB, college basketball, and more, but she has since put her sideline days aside to focus on a new career.
So, what is Bonnie Bernstein doing now?
Early Years and Broadcasting Career
Bonnie Bernstein was born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in Howell, New Jersey. She attended the University of Maryland and graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism.
After college, Bernstein pursued a career as a sports journalist, getting a start in the industry at WXJN-FM in Lewes, Delaware as the news and sports director. She then became the first-ever female weekday sports anchor in Reno, Nevada at the NBC affiliate KRNV-TV.
Bernstein joined ESPN in 1995, working in Chicago and covering Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls’ dominant three-peat run from 1996-98. In addition to her NBA coverage, she worked on Sunday NFL Countdown and College GameDay.
She joined CBS Sports in 1998 as the lead sideline reporter for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships, and was also featured on The NFL Today.
Additionally, she hosted CBS SportsDesk, the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships and also the Emmy-nominated anthology series Championships of the NCAA. She then did sideline reporting for the NFL on CBS, and covered Monday Night Football for Westwood One Radio.
She worked alongside Phil Simms and Jim Nantz, and covered two Super Bowls, — Super Bowl XXXVIII and Super Bowl XXXV. Bernstein returned to ESPN in 2006 as a field reporter for Sunday Night Baseball as well as a college football reporter.
Bernstein was then diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis after doctors discovered life-threatening blood clots in her lungs. After her diagnosis, she took several weeks off and returned to ESPN as a studio host for various studio shows such as NFL Live, Jim Rome is Burning, Outside the Lines and First Take. She has since become the national spokesperson for the Coalition to Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis.
Additionally, Bernstein is the only female to ever fill-in as host for The Dan Patrick Show, and has done work for SportsCenter, ESPNW, ESPN Radio as well as having had covered track and field and figure skating. She also covered the New York Jets during the NFL Playoffs in 2009-10.
Bonnie Bernstein Now
After her broadcasting career, Bonnie Bernstein, who is now 50, worked as the vice president of Content and Brand Development at Campus Insiders.
Today, she is the founder of Walk Swiftly Productions, LLC. She started the company in 2017.
Additionally, Bernstein serves on the Board of Visitors at the Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, and is the national ambassador for ING KiDS ROCK.