One of the most popular sports broadcasters in Chicago, Pat Boyle has been a centerpiece on NBC Sports Chicago as a primary anchor since 2004. He currently hosts Blackhawks Pregame and Postgame Live; prior to which he was the host of Bears Postgame Live. In addition, Boyle continues to host Pro Football Weekly among other numerous projects for the network. In 2006, he won the Chicago/Midwest Emmy award for Outstanding Achievement for Individual Excellence On Camera: News-Sportscaster. Before joining NBC Sports Chicago, he anchored ESPN's SportsCenter and ESPN News' nightly half-hour primetime show. Boyle has also been a studio host for NHL 2Night and ESPN's Wednesday Night Baseball. His resume also includes being the weekend anchor/reporter for Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia's edition of SportsNite, along with substitute hosting the network sports roundtable discussion show and reporting for the network's game coverage of the Philadelphia Flyers, Philadelphia 76ers and the postgame show for the Philadelphia Eagles. Boyle is a Michigan State graduate with a degree in telecommunications.
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Kelly Crull joined NBC Sports Chicago in October 2013 as a freelance general assignment reporter and anchor and now is the network’s primary beat reporter for the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. Prior to joining NBC Sports Chicago, Crull worked for Fox Sports Net (FSN) San Diego covering the Padres (MLB) as both a beat reporter and host of "Padres Weekly." Prior to her stint in San Diego, Crull was the sideline reporter for FSN Southwest's coverage of the Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA) from 2010-12, where she was also host of the Thunder's pre-game show and weekly "Thunder Insider" show. Crull was also a weekend sports anchor/weekday sports reporter for KOCO-TV, the ABC affiliate in Oklahoma City.
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Chicago native Chuck Garfien, a seven-time Chicago/Midwest Emmy award winner, is the host of White Sox Pregame Live and White Sox Postgame Live, along with being the network’s sideline reporter for Chicago Bulls basketball. Prior to joining NBC Sports Chicago, Garfien was an anchor/reporter for Fox Sports Net in Denver. He also served a two-year stint with ESPN and ESPNEWS as an anchor. He was the Sports Director for two years at WWJ-TV/WKBD-TV, the CBS and UPN affiliates in Detroit and was also a sports anchor/reporter for WABC-TV in New York City. Garfien is a board member for the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence. He graduated from USC with a degree in Communications and attended Homewood-Flossmoor High School.
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One of the most popular and most respected broadcasters in Chicago sports history, David Kaplan joined NBC Sports Chicago in 2008 as the primary host of “SportsTalk Live,” along with being the network’s host for “Cubs Pregame Live” and “Cubs Postgame Live.” Kaplan is also the host of the acclaimed “Kap & Co.” radio show on ESPN Radio 1000. He has earned six Achievement in Radio Awards and was named Newsfinder of the Year by The Associated Press for breaking several stories. Prior to NBC Sports Chicago, “Kap” also worked as a college football and basketball play-by-play commentator for ESPN and was the voice of Chicago's professional lacrosse teams, the Shamrox and the Machine. Before his radio work, Kaplan spent time as a Northern Illinois University assistant basketball coach and a regional scout for the NBA's Indiana Pacers and Seattle Supersonics. Kap attended Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn., where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and played football and baseball.
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Leila Rahimi joined NBC Sports Chicago in October 2015 as an anchor/reporter for its sports news programs, before being named the primary co-host of the network’s nightly socially-interactive sports news and entertainment, In the Loop. Prior to joining NBC Sports Chicago, Rahimi was an anchor/host/reporter at CSN Philadelphia, where she anchored SportsNet Central and provided field reports for the Phillies (MLB), Eagles (NFL), Flyers (NHL), 76ers (NBA), along with Villanova and Temple from a collegiate standpoint. In addition, Rahimi also recently an anchor/host for the MLB Network's Strike Zone Channel. Prior to her time in Philadelphia, Rahimi served as an anchor, reporter, sideline reporter and host at CSN Houston (2012-14) where she provided sideline/beat reporting duties for the network's Rockets basketball and Astros baseball telecasts, along with hosting pre/postgame shows, anchoring SportsNet Central, and hosting an hour-long, weekly high school football show. A multiple Emmy-award nominee, Rahimi also served as the field reporter for Fox Sports San Diego's Padres baseball telecasts in 2012, along with producing/hosting a weekly Padres magazine-style program. From 2007-12, she was a sports reporter at KXAN-TV, the NBC affiliate in Austin, TX, covering the University of Texas and local high schools. Additional stops along Rahimi's career path included a producing, then reporting role at Fox Sports Southwest in Dallas, TX, along with sports reporter/anchor duties at KXII-TV, the CBS affiliate in Sherman, TX.
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Chicago sports broadcasting veteran Mark Schanowski joined NBC Sports Chicago in 2006 as a primary co-anchor for its sports news & highlights programs, along with hosting the network's Bulls studio coverage on Bulls Pregame Live and Bulls Postgame Live. Schanowski is also the host of several Bears-related programs during the NFL season including Bears Recap, Bear Huddle, and Bears Blitz. Schanowski came to NBC Sports Chicago from NBC 5 in Chicago, where he served as sports anchor since August 1998. At NBC 5, he also anchored "NBC 5 Sports Sunday" and hosted the network's pre- and postgame coverage for its Chicago Bears preseason telecasts. Before joining NBC5, Schanowski anchored/produced weekend sportscasts and was a weekday general assignment sports reporter at ABC 7 in Chicago from 1990-98. Schanowski graduated with a degree in mass communications/radio and television from the University of Wisconsin.
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JJ Stankevitz, a native of Oak Park, Ill., is NBC Sports Chicago primary Bears beat reporter for NBCSportsChicago.com and makes regular appearances on the network’s Bears-related shows during the NFL season. Previously, Stankevitz served as the Notre Dame Insider for the network since 2011, where he followed the Fighting Irish all the way to an appearance in the 2013 BCS Championship Game and covered the Manti Te'o girlfriend hoax saga during his second year on the beat. Stankevitz also serves as a baseball reporter, providing coverage of both the White Sox and Cubs throughout the MLB season. Stankevitz was previously a multimedia producer and intern at NBC Sports Chicago and is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
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One of the original members of the NBC Sports Chicago on-air team, Arlington Heights, IL native Luke Stuckmeyer is an award-winning anchor who is currently the co-host of the network’s nightly sports news and entertainment program In the Loop. He previously handled anchor/reporting duties for a variety of shows on the network while also handling reporting duties for Cubs baseball and Bulls basketball. Stuckmeyer also co-hosts the network’s popular “Beer Money” trivia show with Kelly Crull. Stuckmeyer's work has been recognized numerous times by The Associated Press and Emmys over the years. In 2009, Stuckmeyer won a Midwest Emmy Award for his half-hour documentary, "On the road with Ryno." From 2000-04 he served as a sports anchor/reporter in San Antonio while covering the world-champion Spurs and handling halftime show duties for CBS affilitate KENS-TV. Before that, he was a sports anchor at KOLN-TV in Nebraska and WLUC-TV in Michigan. Stuckmeyer has covered everything from the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals and National Championships to the Kentucky Derby. Stuckmeyer is a graduate of Prospect High School in Mt. Prospect and holds a bachelor's degree in Communications from Valparaiso University.
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