Interviewer and Essayist, NBC Sports
Master of Ceremonies
Jimmy Roberts, who has received critical acclaim for his "Olympic Moments" segments, serves as NBC Sports' interviewer and essayist on its golf and tennis coverage. During NBC's PGA Tour coverage, Roberts contributes regular "News & Notes" features that highlight hot topics from the world of golf. He has contributed features and interviews to NBC's coverage of the U.S. Open championships and also appears on NBC's coverage of the tennis championships, Wimbledon.
Roberts joined NBC Sports in May 2000 after a long and much-honored career at ABC and ESPN. He debuted as part of the network's coverage of the 100th U.S. Open from Pebble Beach, contributing stirring features on the Payne Stewart Memorial, Jack Nicklaus' final U.S. Open round, and the 50th anniversary of Ben Hogan's U.S. Open win at Merion. Roberts has also handled reporting assignments for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games; the 2000 American League Division Series and ALCS; the Presidents Cup (where he interviewed President Bill Clinton); and the Breeders' Cup. Roberts won an Emmy® Award for his writing on his "Olympic Moments" features during both NBC's coverage of the Sydney and Salt Lake Olympics. He also serves as studio host for NBC's coverage of Notre Dame football.
A 13-time Sports Emmy® Award-winner, Roberts joined ESPN in June 1988, prior to many years as a writer and producer for ABC Sports. His assignments as a Sports Center correspondent included the World Series, the NBA Finals, heavyweight championship bouts, the Super Bowl and the 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympics. Roberts was also a regular contributor to ESPN's "Outside the Lines" series. Roberts won 11 Sports Emmys® at ESPN, most recently in the Individual Achievement category for his 1993 reports with then-heavyweight champ Riddick Bowe on a trip to Somalia, South Africa and The Vatican.
Roberts lives in the New York area with his wife, Sandra Mayer and their three sons.