Amanda Balionis is an American sportscaster currently working as a golf broadcaster for CBS Sports. Among so many of her works in the field of sports reporting, Amanda’s PGA Tour coverage seems to be the most popular so far. She covered the Super Bowl working with CBS Sports social media team in Atlanta, where she relayed Atlanta stories and the NFL events. In addition to golf, Amanda Balionis has reported other sports including football and lacrosse. Outside sports reporting, Amnanda is also a yoga instructor.
Amanda Balionis Bio
Amanda Balionis was born on June 20, 1987 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, U.S.A. An only child, her family later moved to Lancaster when she was 10. Balionis was born into a golf-loving family, thus, she straightaway developed a great love for the game and sports in general right from the cradle. Her dad, Anthony and mum, Dana (whom Amanda described as “fanatic” and “lunatic” when it comes to golfing) inspired her into the game.
She watched them play golf and also attended golf courses with them. And her grandparents? The lived on a golf field where every member of the family participated in the game!
Unfortunately in 2016, Amanda’s parents were involved in a ghastly motor accident in which they collided head-on with an oncoming vehicle. They survived but were severely injured and had to go through series of surgeries. Her father however, died some months later due to the impact of the injuries he sustained.
Growing up, Amanda attended Township Manheim High School from 2000 to 2004. At Manheim, she was very active in Volleyball. Immediately after graduation, she proceeded to the Hofstra University where she graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2008.
Balionis’ love for sports reporting caused her to start taking up jobs in the area while still an undergraduate. At the university, she was a member of the WRHU Radio, The Chronicles Newspaper team and the Association of Women in Communications. She also did internships at CBS 2, ABS News NOW, New York Islanders and New York Jets.
On graduating from Lofstra, Amanda immediately landed a reporting job at Lancaster Newspaper and worked there till 2009. She moved on to Verizon Sports where she worked as a freelance sideline reporter, covering a number of high school team sports. She also did a similar work at MSG Network before becoming a volleyball commentator and Features Reporter for MSG Varsity.
In 2011, Amanda got an anchor and reporting job with PGA Tour. She worked there until Callaway Golf employed her in 2016. She took the job and moved to San Diego, but she wasn’t at Callaway for long before Turner Sports came knocking at her door. Her debut for Turner Sports was her coverage of the 2016 PGA Championship. Her outstanding performance at the championship caught the attention of one of America’s biggest sports reporting station, CBS Sports.
The next year (2017), CBS picked her up and added her to their Golf Team where she has since been hosting golf segments. She also handles post-match interviews for the channel, an area she has done marvelously well.
Amanda Balionis broke CBS records as the network’s first chief social media correspondent for the Super Bowl. Her friendly but commanding demeanor makes her stand tall in a field that would readily prefer men to women. Her tremendous success in sports reporting has not only preserved her job with giant sports station CBS, but has also been getting her other juicy side jobs.
With the level of success she has recorded in sports broadcasting, Amanda is sure to have a juicy pay package. Although the exact amount is not available, there is a clue to what it could be. According to a popular salary scaling website, CBS Corporation pays her employees an average of $71, 000 as annual salary. Estimates show that Amanda would be taking between $37,446 to $147,782 home every year.
Is She Married – Who Is The Boyfriend Or Partner?
Amanda Balionis counts among the many media personalities who chose to keep their personal and love matters private. There is therefore no available information on her past and present affairs.
Amanda has however, hinted that she has a boyfriend on her social media platforms somewhere around 2014, however she was very careful not to reveal any tangible information on the lucky guy’s identity. In 2016, one of her tweets also mentioned that she has ex-boyfriends. Since then, there has never been any further info on her love life.
Meanwhile, it is no secret that Amanda who has a close affinity for animals, lives in San Diego, California with her pet, a French bulldog named Chorizo.