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Chris Berman

Chris Berman

Chris Berman is one of the most renowned and adored sportscasters in the United States. Chris Berman is also known by the moniker ‘boomer.’ He’s been the host of ESPN’s SportsCenter since October 1979, a month after the network launched.

Since 1985, Berman has presented the Sunday NFL Countdown program on the same network.

He’s also a six-time winner of the National Sports Media Association’s ‘National Sportscaster of the Year’ title.

Childhood, Family, and Education

Chris Berman was born on May 10, 1995, in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Peggy Shevell and James Kleiner Berman are his parents.

Peggy worked for Time magazine as a reporter and researcher.

Similarly, James held the position of corporate executive vice president.

He was reared as a Jew. Similarly, he spent the majority of his boyhood in the New York community of Irvington.

He attended the Hackley School and graduated from Brown University with a history degree in 1977.

He was the school’s radio station’s sports director.

During this period, he had a strong interest in sports and developed a strong presentation ability.

Age, Height, and Nationality

Chris Berman, who was born in 1955, will be 65 years old in 2020. According to horoscopes, he is a Taurus.

He was born, raised, and spent his professional career in the United States, and he holds an American passport. Berman and his family live in Cheshire, Connecticut, where they observe Judaism.

He stands 6 feet 4 inches tall, or 195 cm. Similarly, his body is fat, weighing 95 kilograms or 209 pounds.

Facts of Chris Berman

Full Name Christopher James Berman
Birth Date May 10, 1955
Birth Place Greenwich, Connecticut, US A
Nick Name Boomer
Religion Judaism (Jewish parents)
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Education Brown University (BA History)
Horoscope Taurus
Father’s Name James Kleiner Berman
Mother’s Name Peggy Shevell
Age 66 Years Old
Height 6’4″ (1.95 m)
Weight 95 kg (209 lbs)
Shoe Size Not available
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Brown
Body Measurement Not available
Build Chubby
Married Divorced
Girlfriends No
Spouse Katherine Ann Berman (m.1983-2017)
Profession Sportscaster
Position Anchor, Play-by-play Commentator, Journalist
Net Worth $20 million
Broadcasting Affiliations ESPN, ABC Sports
Social Media Twitter
Merch Books
Last Update April 2022

Salary and Net Worth

As of 2022, Chris Berman is expected to have a net worth of $20 million.

Berman has worked for ESPN for over four decades. He’s also been in a number of TV episodes and films.

As an anchor for several sports shows, he currently earns $5 million per year.

Because of his numerous distinctions and popularity, it is very obvious.

From now on, the 65-year-old veteran is deserving of every penny he earns.

Chris Berman’s Professional Life

The beginning

Berman began his career working for a radio station in Waterbury, where he covered sports news.

Later, he worked for WVIT-TV in Hartford as a weekend sports anchor. I

t was a pivotal moment in his career as a sportscaster.

ESPN eventually became aware of his distinct presentation style.

As a result, he was hired by the network in October 1979, when he was 24 years old.

His first job was as a sports news anchor on a daily basis.

Only Berman and a few others could have predicted that he would stay at the network for four decades.

He was going to be one of their longest-serving employees.

Bob Ley is the only other working SportsCenter anchor from 1979.


Until 1990, Berman hosted SportsCenter on a regular basis (for 11 years).

He worked the overnight shift for the first four years of the network.

Chris Berman
Chris Berman at ESPN studio. Source: playersbio

In 1986, he was named the host of ESPN’s NFL Gameday.

It had been a year since the show had premiered. Sunday NFL Countdown was the new moniker for the pregame show.

Commentaries on Baseball

He made his debut appearance on ESPN’s coverage of the MLB All-Star Games and Home Run Derby in 1990.

He has held the role for the past 31 years. He worked for the company for 30 years.

He also worked for ESPN from 1990 to 1990 as a play-by-play commentator for Major League Baseball games and as the host of Baseball Tonight.

Coverage of the National Football League

Monday Night Football was hosted by Berman. From 1995 until 2006, he was the anchor of ABC Sports’ live coverage of three Super Bowls.

The broadcasting rights were thereafter given to ESPN. As a result, he kept the show on air with the network.

From 2006 through 2015, he and three other presenters co-hosted NFL highlights on SportsCenter at 7 p.m.

During the 1987-2005 football season, he hosted NFL PrimeTime every Sunday night.

Tom Jackson was his co-worker at the time. According to ESPN, the show still holds the title of the highest-rated sports studio show on cable television.


Berman had the honor of holding final interviews with presidential candidates during his tenure.

In 2008, he conducted interviews with then-presidential contenders Barack Obama and John McCain.

In 2012, he also questioned President Barack Obama and Republican contender Mitt Romney.

On election night, the latter occurred during the Monday Night Football halftimes.

In 2009, he hosted The Greatest Game Ever Played, a two-hour ESPN documentary.

It depicted the memorable 1958 NFL Championship game between the Indianapolis Colts and the New York Giants.

From 1986 through 2014, Berman hosted the US Open golf show on a nightly basis.

In 2003, he added a play-by-play position to the service.

Since 1999, he has served as the Master of Ceremonies at the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.

Berman and Jackson were announced as anchors of ESPN+’s relaunch of NFL Primetime in 2019.

He has reduced his responsibilities at ESPN since 2017, but he continues to work there.


He has been a season ticket holder for the Hartford Whalers throughout his career.

He is shown performing the team’s theme song in praise of the team.

He’s recently become known as “Bills Booster,” a fan and supporter of the Buffalo Bills.

He’s also been a part of a number of Bills-related events.

It involves Ralph Wilson, the team’s owner, being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


As a host, anchor, and pundit, Berman is known for his wit and liveliness, as well as his comprehensive reporting.

“He could..go..all..the..way!” is perhaps his most famous line, which he uses to forecast a touchdown run.

It was also one of his first endorsements.

He’s also known for employing nicknames during his Major League Baseball highlights voiceovers.

He’s gotten a lot of appreciation from his teammates, the media, viewers, and players all throughout the country.

The veteran is well-liked for his upbeat and funny delivery style.

The fact that he predicted a Super Bowl between the San Francisco 49ers and the Buffalo Bills is a fun tidbit.

One or the other, has never come true for seven straight years as neither of them made it.

Other domains

Apart from the core profession, Berman has done cameos in 14 films and other television shows.

The most significant was the performance in Adam Sandler’s comedy The Waterboy (1998).

In The Longest Yard (2005), he played as the role of the play-by-play announcer of the prison football game.

Playing as himself, he made appearances in Necessary Roughness (1991), The Program (1994), Eddie, and Kingpin (1996).

Besides, he starred in the single ‘Only Wanna Be With You’ (1995) video by Hootie and the Blowfish.

Also, he was featured in the comedy Grown Ups 2 (2013).

Besides these, he has also appeared in commercials for a weight loss product company Nutrisystem.

He uses some of his signature phrases and nicknames to demonstrate the product’s efficiency on some renowned footballers.

Berman has appeared on three late-night shows – Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Award and Achievements

Berman’s career as a veteran sportscaster has always been admired by all the related media, players, and viewers.

During his longest tenure at ESPN, he was honored by numerous sports institutions.

Berman has been the ‘National Sportscaster of the Year’ honoree by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association six times.

He also received the American Sportscasters Association’s ‘Sportscaster of the Year – Studio Host’ honor three times.

CableACE Awards honored him with ‘Cable’s best sports host’ four times.

Berman was honored by People magazine’s ‘TV’s Most Fascinating Stars 1997’.

Furthermore, he achieved Maxwell Football Club’s ‘Reds Bagnell Award 2001’.

Remarkably, Berman is an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. He received it from Brown University in May 2007.

Moreover, in 2010 he received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce welcomed him there.

It was a tribute to his more than 30 years of service in the sports television industry.

Alongside, he was provided with Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award by the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010.

Wife and Kids

In 1983, Chris Berman married Katherine Alexinski.

Douglas is their son, and Meredith, who resides in Brooklyn, is their daughter.

Douglas, after all, is married. Both of his children went to Ivy League colleges.

On May 9, 2017, Katherine was killed in an automobile accident in Woodbury.

It was Chris’s 62nd birthday the next day. She had also slain the driver of the other vehicle.

According to reports, she was driving while inebriated.

There are currently no stories or rumors of Berman being in a relationship.

In the latter half of his life, it appears that he is content with his work and achievement and has no time for affairs.

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Social Media Presence

Berman isn’t particularly social media savvy. Perhaps the man is preoccupied with his work.

He also wishes to keep his personal life private. Berman appears to have only a Twitter account.

His Twitter (@BoomsFreshTakes) has 2671 followers.