No one embodies longevity in sports broadcasting more than Chris Berman. The central commentator has been a fixture at ESPN for over three decades.
Chris Berman Biography
Christopher James Berman was born on 10 May 1955 in Greenwich, Connecticut in the United States. Although he was born in Connecticut, he spent most of his early childhood in Irvington, New York.
Chris’s mother Peggy Shevell was a reporter at the time and also worked as a researcher for Times Magazine. His father James Keliner Berman was a corporate executive vice president. Chris had a fairly decent middle-class upbringing, he was enrolled at Hackley School in 1970. He graduated from college in 1977 with a degree in history from Brown University, where he served in the position of sports director of the school’s radio station.
His first job was as a sports presenter for WVIT-TV in Hartford. The job that helped Chris achieve national fame was his stint at ESPN, where he joined ESPN in 1979, just one month after the station was founded. He is currently the station’s longest-serving employee, alongside Bob Ley.
He is currently hosting ESPN’s first game show, and after his 55th birthday, he signed a new contract for an unspoken period of time. After the contract expired, his contract was renewed to keep him with the station for the foreseeable future.
During his time at ESPN, Chris Berman has served and worked on numerous sports-related shows, hosting many games. Among those many shows mentioned above is the NFL Sunday Countdown, which he has hosted since 1985. In addition to the NFL on Sunday, Chris Berman also hosts Monday Night Countdown, the US Open, and Major League Baseball, to name a few.
Chris was inducted into the Brown University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991. In May 2007, Brown University awarded him an honorary doctorate “Doctor of Humane Letters” for his services to the radio.
It should come as no surprise that Chris Berman has received numerous prizes and awards. He was named National Sports Scaster of the Year by the National Sports Media Association in 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1996, and 2001.
Chris Berman was the first sports journalist to be honored with the Newseum Institute’s Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in Media. In 1995 and 2005, he was named to The Sporting News’ Top 100 Most Powerful People in Sport and was inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame in 2015.
What Happened To Chris Berman’s Wife?
Chris Berman’s wife Katherine was a school teacher in 1983 when they met and married. She had to stop teaching in 1985 to raise the children. Chris and Katherine had two children, a girl named Meredith and a son Douglas.
A tragedy struck Chris Berman and his family in the early days of May 2017 when Katherine Berman, 67, died from blunt force trauma and drowning. She was killed when her Lexus SUV collided with another car, went off the road, and viciously went off the road and landed on its roof in a nearby lake. The driver of the other car, Edward Bertulis, 87 years old, suffered multiple injuries and was taken to hospital after his own car crashed into a utility pole. He died in the hospital.
The investigation of the incidents revealed that Edward Bertilus was on his way back from his wife’s grave and had not fastened his seat belt at the time of the accident.
Chris only learned of the accident hours later when a group of police officers broke the news to him while he was watching his favorite baseball team, the San Francisco Giants, play in Queens. Katherine died just one day before her husband Chris’s 62nd birthday.
Salary, Net Worth
A man who has worked at the top of ESPN for more than three decades should have a very healthy fortune, and Chris is no different, he currently has net assets of around $20 million, and being such an integral member of the ESPN family, Berman is one of the highest-paid workers and earns an annual salary of around $3 million.
Chris Berman is quite a giant of a man and stands at an enormously impressive height of 195 cm (6 feet and 5 inches). Details about his weight are not known to us at this time.