Her star is on a meteoric rise through the male dominated arena of sports and it doesn’t seem to be letting up anytime soon.
When you think of sports broadcasters, the first thing you don’t think of is women. But Sargent’s experience, professionalism, and passion for sports kept her in the field (no pun intended).
Sargent holds major bragging rights for breaking ground at NFL Networks as their only African American female host at this time. The 35-year-old Alpharetta, Georgia native has come a long way from her small town sharing her love for sports with her dad. But, surprisingly enough, as a little girl, her dad immersed her in sports with the exception of football.
But it wouldn’t be until college that her passion for football would be sparked. At Florida State University, she would get her first taste of the football world.
“My dad wasn’t a football fan, so I didn’t know that much about it. I fell in love with it at Florida State where football is king,” she laughed.
After graduation, her first job out of college was for a local TV station in Tallahassee, Florida, doing graphics for the morning news.
“I remember typing lunch menus at 4:00 in the morning. It was funny, but I wouldn’t change it.”
But her career took off after she began her television career at WGXA, a local Fox affiliate in Macon, Georgia, then with Metro Sports in Kansas City, Missouri. Suddenly, the Red Sea, also known as the sports world, parted with the same tenacity as in the Old Testament and welcomed her in via the ESPN Network. Sargent’s first big break came in 2004, when she joined ESPN as an ESPNews anchor. While with ESPN, Sargent also appeared on ESPN2’s “Cold Pizza,” and twice served as co-emcee for the NCAA woman of the year awards.
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