Sage Steele is the new co-anchor of ESPN’s 6:00 p.m. SportsCenter alongside Kevin Negandhi, however, she is anything but a new face at the Worldwide Leader. Initially offered a job with ESPN in 2004, she turned down the opportunity while she was pregnant with her second child. She later joined the network in March 2017 on the 6:00 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter. Since then, she has made plenty of appearances across different ESPN platforms– like SportsCenter on the Road, NBA Countdown and SportsCenter: AM — proving she is in for the long run.
That ultimately paid off by returning to the top SportsCenter time slot replacing Michael Smith and Jemele Hill.
“I’ve been through and the network has been through a lot of changes over the last 18 months,” said Steele. “Guess what? I’m still here. In a time of layoffs and cutbacks, I’m thankful I’ve been so fortunate.”
Prior to her time at ESPN, Steele worked for multiple CBS affiliates, ABC affiliate WFTS in Tampa, Florida, FOX Sports Florida, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, and more. She covered a wide range of professional and college sports teams, and was even involved in coverage of the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 while being based in Indianapolis.
Steele’s family is very involved in athletics. Her father, Gary Steele, was the first African-American to play varsity football at West Point and was ultimately inducted into the Army Sports Hall of Fame. Her brother, Chad, is vice president of media relations for the Baltimore Ravens.
The 45-year-old media veteran is married to former personal trainer Jonathan Bailey, and the couple has three children.