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Michele Tafoya (Vandersall) (born December 17, 1964, in Manhattan Beach, California) is an American sportscaster.

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Early life and career

Tafoya received a B.A. in mass communications from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988, and a masters in business administration from the University of Southern California in 1991.

Tafoya worked as a host and reporter for KFAN-AM in Minneapolis, primarily for Minnesota Vikings and University of Minnesota women’s basketball broadcasts. She worked for WAQS-AM in Charlotte, where she went by the name Mickey Conley [1]. She was the first female analyst to call UNC-Charlotte men's basketball games.

Tafoya also worked for the Midwest Sports Channel, serving as a Minnesota Timberwolves host and sideline reporter, as well as a play-by-play commentator for women's Big Ten basketball and volleyball. Tafoya also spent three years at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis as a sports anchor and reporter.

CBS Sports

Prior to ESPN and ABC Sports, Michele Tafoya joined CBS Sports in September 1994 as a reporter and host for the CBS Television Network's sports anthology show CBS Sports Spectacular and college basketball coverage. She served as a host of AT THE HALF and as a reporter for both college football and NBA games. She did make her on-air debut at the 1994 U.S. Open Tennis Championships [1]. She spent 5 years with CBS.

In 1996, Tafoya made history at CBS when she was the first woman to call television play-by-play of an NCAA tournament game. In 1997, The American Women in Radio and Television honored Tafoya with a Gracie Award for “Outstanding Achievement by an Individual On-Air TV Personality” for her WNBA work with Lifetime.

Tafoya, previously called play-by-play games for the WNBA on Lifetime Television, has served as a reporter for the Network's coverage of the NFL, college football, including the 1998 National Championship Orange Bowl, and was late-night co-host with Al Trautwig of the 1998 Nagano Olympics in Nagano.

In addition to her diverse assginments, Tafoya hosted CBS’ NCAA Tournament selection show, Goodwill Games and the U.S Open Tennis Championships coverage. She left CBS in January 2000.

ABC Sports and ESPN

Michele Tafoya joined ESPN and ABC Sports in January 2000 and her profile has steadily risen through a variety of on-air roles. Tafoya continues to work for ESPN and ABC Sports as a sideline reporter for ESPN Monday Night Football since 2006 NFL Season. She was the sideline reporter for ABC Sports’ Monday Night Football in 2004-2005. Tafoya was a co-host for the Mike Tirico Show on ESPN radio. The show, which is now titled Tirico and Van Pelt, is one that she often fills in for as a guest host. She helped ABC in their coverage of Super Bowl XL in Detroit as a sideline reporter with Suzy Kolber. Tafoya has worked as a sideline reporter since 2006.

She was loaned to NBC Sports for the 2000 Sydney Olympics as a Reporter for Rhythmic Gymnastics and as the play-by-play woman for softball.

Tafoya formerly worked at NBA games on ABC and ESPN. On October 21, 2008, she announced she would be resigning from her duties as head NBA sideline reporter.[2]

Tafoya’s other roles that she previously had included men’s and women’s NCAA basketball play-by-play and studio host, and college football and basketball sideline reporter. She also has served as a substitute host on Pardon the Interruption and as a panelist on The Sports Reporters II. Her other ESPN assignments have included calling WNBA games, also hosting skiing telecasts and working on ESPN’s college basketball selection shows as a reporter. She also was a correspondent for Sports Center and Outside the Lines.

In 2006, the Davie-Brown Index ranked Tafoya among the most likeable TV sports personalities, including “Biggest Trend-Setter.

Return to WCCO

Tafoya was announced as the new evening drive time talk radio host for WCCO-AM (830) on April 20, 2009. Her show began on June 1, 2009 on WCCO Radio.

Personal life

Tafoya married Mark Vandersall in 2000, and gave birth to her first child, a son named Tyler Bruce Vandersall, on November 21, 2005. Tafoya lives in Edina, Minnesota.[2] In 2007, she told WCCO-TV that she had been struggling with an eating disorder since she was a child.[3]

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