For more than a quarter of a century, Chris Fowler built a career as a sports presenter at ESPN, steadily rising to the top and participating in many flagship programs, especially those related to college football. He became one of the most renowned commentators on sports in America. Fowler’s career accomplishments are enviable, to say the least, from being a mainstay in coveted positions to participating in several Emmy-winning programs. He joined ABC in 2014 to serve as an announcer for Saturday night football. Here is a look at the highlights of Chris Fowler’s life and career.
Chris Fowler – Bio
Christopher Fowler is from Denver, Colorado, a city where he was born on August 23, 1962. His father Knox Fowler is an academic who taught drama as a professor at the State College Pennsylvania – a place where Chris spent part of his childhood. Chris Fowler also grew up in Rockford, Illinois, and Colorado Springs, where he attended General William J. Palmer High School, which he graduated from in 1980.
Immediately after high school, Chris Fowler enrolled at the University of Colorado, where he studied radio and television news and graduated in 1985. His interest in television began in high school and he became the first recipient of the Denver Press Club’s Alan Berg Memorial Journalism Scholarship Award. While he still had his degree ahead of him, Chris Fowler was busy doing a handful of jobs to gain practical experience in his chosen field of study.
After about a year in college, he began reporting on sports for the Denver daily Rocky Mountain News. At the same time, Chris Fowler produced and hosted a weekly magazine show that was broadcast on cable television in Boulder, Colorado. He also served as Director of Sports for his university’s KAIR-AM radio station.
With his rich student experience, Fowler had made it easy to get jobs after college. He did an internship at ABC subsidiary KMGH-TV and worked briefly with NBC subsidiary KCNC-TV in Denver. Barely a year after graduating from college, ESPN came knocking on his door. His first role with the sports giant was as a presenter/reporter for Scholastic Sports America, a position he held for two years from 1986 to 1988. After that, he was promoted to the secondary reporter of college football.
Chris Fowler began hosting College GameDay in 1990, a position he held for two decades until 2014. With Fowler at the helm, the show won 5 Sports Emmy for Best Weekly Studio Show (2008, 2010, 2011, 2014, and 2015).
Fowler covered not only college soccer, but also tennis and soccer. He led play-by-play at tennis tournaments such as Wimbledon, the Australian Open, the French Open, and the US Open. For years, Chris Fowler also covered the ESPN Summer X Games (1995-2000) and Winter Games (1998-2000).
Since 1994, the year ESPN began reporting on the presentation of the Heisman Trophy, Fowler has been the host. When ESPN covered the 2010 FIFA World Cup for a month, Fowler was assigned as the host, alongside long-time NFL play-by-play commentator Mike Tirico.
Like most sports presenters, Chris Fowler has experienced some controversy, but it has not been enough to eclipse his laurels.
Chris Fowler did not let his love for sports take his romantic life away. He found a wife in Jennifer Dempster – a model and instructor he married sometime in 2006. Dempster is also a lover of cameras and has made a handful of television appearances. In 1988 she appeared on the ESPN fitness and training television series “BodyShaping”. Chris Fowler’s wife has a penchant for acting and has at least four acting credits in her name, including On the Make (1989) and It’s About Time (2005). She appeared in an episode of the food and lifestyle television series The Chew in 2017.
Net Worth And Salary Of The American Sports Announcer
Chris Fowler has enjoyed a steady rise in his career as a sports presenter, and his loyalty to ESPN, as well as his commitment and expertise, have been well rewarded. His salary rose from hundreds of thousands of dollars to $1.5 million and from 2019 to $3 million. Thanks to proper financial management, Chris Fowler has built up net assets estimated at $7 million.