NBC Sports Boston Staff
A. Sherrod Blakely
NBCSportsBoston.com Celtics Insider
A. Sherrod Blakely is a veteran NBA journalist having covered the Boston Celtics since 2009 and the Detroit Pistons for Booth News Services and MLive.com from 2000 to 2009. A Syracuse, N.Y. native, Blakely has broken some of the NBA's biggest stories in recent years, including the blockbuster trade of Allen Iverson to Detroit. Blakely serves as Celtics Insider for NBCSportsBoston.com. Prior to working for MLive.com, Blakely spent five years covering Duke, N.C. State and the ACC for the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer. Blakely is a graduate of Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Journalism.
Boston Celtics Sideline Reporter
Abby Chin joined NBC Sports Boston in 2013 as a Chevrolet SportsNet Central anchor and reporter. She began her courtside work with the start of the 2013-14 Celtics season. Previously, she covered the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers and PAC-12 football for the Comcast SportsNet Northwest. Before heading West, Abby covered Alabama and Auburn's national championship runs from the heart of the SEC at CBS42 in Birmingham, Alabama. She returns to New England where her career began as a production assistant at ESPN working on Monday Night Football. Abby grew up playing soccer and running track and is a graduate of the University of Colorado.
Tom E. Curran
Boston Sports Tonight Co-Host / NBCSportsBoston.com Patriots Insider
Tom E. Curran has been a leading voice on the Patriots and the NFL since 1997. First at the MetroWest Daily News then with the Providence Journal, Curran covered the Patriots during their post-Tuna fall and Belichick-Brady rise. After four years as NBCSports.com's NFL insider and general columnist, Curran returns to the Patriots beat and his New England roots with NBC Sports Boston. A regular contributor to WEEI, NFL Network, ESPN Radio, Dan Patrick Show, Jim Rome, NFL Films, SIRIUS NFL Radio, Fox Sports Radio, Pro Football Talk, The Sporting News and Pro Football Weekly, Curran's unique voice and leading-edge analysis have set him apart locally and nationally.
Host, Celtics Pre and Postgame Live
Kyle Draper joined NBC Sports Boston in 2009 as a Chevrolet SportsNet Central anchor. He began hosting Celtics Pre and Postgame Live with the start of the 2013-14 season. As a veteran of TV sports, Drapes worked in Louisville, KY a sports reporter and then sports director at WHAS-TV (ABC). At WHAS, Kyle led the network's coverage of the University of Louisville, including the men's football and basketball teams. Prior to WHAS, Draper served as an anchor at KIMA-TV (CBS) in Yakima, WA. The Philadelphia native is a graduate of Winona State University.
Co-host, Felger & Mazz and Arbella Early Edition - Host, Sports Sunday
As a self described impartial observer of the Boston sports scene, Michael Felger revels in his ability to play devil's advocate and singe local sports fans for their unabashed homerism. Felger brings that attitude to Arbella Early Edition, NBC Sports Boston's simulcast of 98.5 the Sports Hub's Felger & Mazz and Sports Sunday.
Evan Drellich serves as NBC Sports Boston's Red Sox Insider, appearing on "The Baseball Show" throughout the season. Evan also covered the Red Sox for the Boston Herald, and spent time as the beat reporter for the Houston Astros.
NBC Sports Boston Reporter
Mike Giardi joined NBC Sports Boston from sister network NECN where he served as weekend sports anchor and weekend host of Sports LateNight. A Norwood, Massachusetts native, Giardi began his career as the sports editor at the Falmouth Enterprise Publishing Company on Cape Cod immediately after graduating from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Giardi holds a Master's Degree in Journalism from Boston University and previously worked as sports director and lead anchor for WIVT-TV in Binghamton, New York.
The Voice of the Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics fans have been blessed with a fabulous tradition on the court and that excellence has continued in the broadcasting booth where Mike Gorman has served as play-by-play announcer since 1981.
The five-time Emmy Award winning Gorman, a native of Dorchester, MA, was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004. Gorman currently holds the longest tenure as play-by-play voice for a Boston professional sports franchise and, along with his telecast partner Tommy Heinsohn, makes up TV's longest running telecast duo.
Following a stint as an aviator in the U.S. Navy, Gorman began his broadcasting career at WNBH in New Bedford and WPRO radio in Providence.
Gorman grew up in Dorchester and attended Saint Brendan's Elementary School, Boston Latin, and Boston State.
NBC Sports Boston Bruins Insider
Joe Haggerty has covered the Boston Bruins for NBC Sports Boston since 2009. He is also a frequent contributor to Town Fair Tire Sports Tonight, 98.5 The Sports Hub, Siriux/XM Radio NHL Radio, the NHL Network and NBC Sports. Previously, he covered the NHL for the Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, Boston Metro and WEEI.com for six seasons.
Celtics Color Analyst
Tom Heinsohn is a true representative of Boston Celtics' pride. His accomplishments as a player were recognized in the retirement of his number 15 and his induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Heinsohn donned a Celtics uniform from 1956-1965 and was a principal member of eight championship teams. Heinsohn was selected the NBA's Rookie of the Year in 1957, was a member of the All-NBA Second Team four times and was honored with six NBA All-Star Game appearances. He averaged 18.6 points and 8.8 rebounds in 654 regular season contests, and 19.8 points and 9.2 rebound in 104 post-season encounters. Heinsohn was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1985-86.
Four years after his retirement as a player, Heinsohn was appointed Celtics head coach. Like his playing career, Heinsohn's coaching tenure was punctuated by prosperity, as he directed the 1974 and 1976 squads to World Championships; won Atlantic Division crowns five times; was voted the NBA's Coach of the Year in 1973; and collected a 427-263 (.619) regular season record and a 47-33 (.588) playoff mark.
Heinsohn is now entering his 33rd year telecasting Celtics basketball on NBC Sports Boston. He also handled CBS' NBA coverage for seven years and provided commentary for NCAA basketball for four years on CBS. Heinsohn and his telecast partner Mike Gorman Heinsohn make up TV's longest running telecast duo.
When Heinsohn is not covering basketball, he can be found painting. Heinsohn is an accomplished artist whose works have graced art shows across the nation. He is also a chartered life underwriter in the insurance field.
Thomas William Heinsohn was born in Jersey City, NJ. He attended St. Michael's High School in Union City, NJ and Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. At Holy Cross, Heinsohn averaged 22.1 points and 15.5 rebounds in 81 contests over four years. During his senior season, in 1955-56, he amassed 27.4 points and 21.1 rebounds in 27 outings. He was a territorial first-round choice of Boston in 1956.
Arbella Early Edition Co-Host
Trenni Kusnierek is a sports anchor/reporter for NBC Sports Boston. She has worked in the sports journalism field since 2000 starting her career in Eau Claire, WI and since has worked in Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Boston and at the national level for MLB Network, ABC Sports and Big Ten Network. Trenni has had the opportunity to cover all four major sports, including the World Series and the Super Bowl. She has also reported from National championship games and PGA majors.
Away from work Kusnierek enjoys running and has completed seven marathons including two Boston Marathons and will run her eighth race (third Boston) in April of 2014. Kusnierek also enjoys reading, photography, mountain climbing (reaching the summit of Mt Rainier in July of 2011) volunteer work and international travel. She combined the last two in January of 2011 when she traveled to India to teach English.
Fan-favorite Brian Scalabrine joined the NBC Sports Boston Celtics broadcast team full-time at the start of the 2015-16 NBA season. Scalabrine contributes on every Celtics game night throughout the season as the color analyst for all Celtics road games and the primary studio analyst for all home games on Celtics Pre/Post-Game Live. He also makes weekly appearances on the network’s Celtics Insider show as well as other NBC Sports Boston programming throughout the year. As a member of the University of Southern California Trojans men's basketball team in his college days, Scalabrine was the top average scorer and a leader in field goals and rebounds. The New Jersey Nets selected him in the second round of the 2001 NBA Draft. Scalabrine played four seasons with the team, including when the Nets made the 2002 NBA Finals during his rookie season and the 2003 NBA Finals the following year. In 2005, Scalabrine signed with the Boston Celtics and won a NBA Championship with the team in 2008 — he went back to the Finals with the Celtics in 2010. Scalabrine signed with the Chicago Bulls the following season, and played with them until 2012; it was there that Scalabrine got the nickname "The White Mamba”. In September 2012, Scalabrine announced that he had turned down an opportunity to become an assistant coach with the Bulls so he could join NBC Sports Boston as a commentator. Following that season, he had a brief stint as part of the Golden State Warriors Coaching Staff (2013), but ultimately came back to Boston to be a full-time analyst for Celtics broadcasts on NBC Sports Boston.
Host, Arbella Early Edition - Host, New England Tailgate
Gary Tanguay has been with NBC Sports Boston for nearly two decades and hosts Arbella Early Edition, seen weeknights at 6:00 p.m.. Tanguay served as NBC Sports Boston's Celtics Pre and Post Game Live host from 2008 to 2013 and his work on the network's Celtics telecasts began in the 1990s when he joined the then FSN New England. Tanguay is a native of Rumford, ME and is a graduate of the University of Maine.
Kayce Smith is a sports broadcaster, reporter and host who joined NBC Sports Boston in March of 2017 to co-host the network’s new show “Boston Sports Tonight”. Smith, who is also a weekly contributor to Fox Sports Radio's national morning show "Outkick with Clay Travis”, has held several broadcast roles prior to joining NBC Sports Boston.
Kayce hosted a national radio show in partnership with SB Nation Radio and Gridiron Now. Prior to that, she spent 2015-2016 full-time the SEC Network, covering college football, basketball and gymnastics. In 2014-2015, Smith worked as a freelance reporter for ESPN; appearing on SEC Network, ESPN and ESPNU live events. She also served as a college football bureau reporter for SportsCenter. Previous to joining the ESPN family, she worked for Fox Sports South as a sideline reporter for the Atlanta Hawks in 2014.
Kayce was diagnosed with Stage 1 Melanoma in 2013 and is currently in remission (thanks to her wonderful oncologist at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas). She works closely with MD Anderson: CancerWise and LIVESTRONG to promote awareness for skin cancer and to support those currently battling cancer.
She is originally from Arlington, TX and attended Texas A&M University.
NBC Sports Boston Reporter
Kevin Walsh joined NBC Sports Boston in 2009, as one of the original Sportsnet Central anchors. His career has run the gamut of events big and small. He’s covered World Series Champions at The White House, the NFL Draft, and has interviewed the greatest athletes of our time. That’s a long way from where his sports career started in the U.S. Territory of Guam, where popular sports included spear fishing and coconut husking. Kevin was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow Service Award in 2010 from Boston’s District Rotary Convention. Prior to arriving in New England, Kevin did work for NBC Sports Philadelphia and The Comcast Network. His career has also taken him to Fresno, California and Hawaii. Kevin attended Purdue University on a golf scholarship, and was an Academic All Big 10 Athlete. When he’s not covering the New England sports scene, or playing hockey, he’s often at work on his next book. His first published book, The Marrow in Me, details Kevin’s emotional journey to transplant, after he turned up as a very rare bone marrow match for a 16-year-old football player he’d never met. Follow the Dog Home, released in February 2012, is the inspiring story of how Kevin and his dog found his father’s childhood home in suburban Boston, despite no prior knowledge of its location. Kevin is married with two daughters. He lives in the Metro West Boston suburbs.
Kevin’s third book, The Perfect Catch, was released in 2013. Wrapped around a special fly fishing trip with Kevin’s elderly father and two brothers, The Perfect Catch is a book for men, by a man, and one that every woman will want her man to read.