Elle Duncan needs no introduction, but considering the power behind her several achievements, we are going to go ahead and introduce her anyway. She is a famous sports commentator and anchor who is working with ESPN as one of the media outlet’s prominent anchors as she hosts its popular show, SportsCenter.
For Elle, who is also a writer, reporter, actress, and TV personality, it has been a steady rise in her chosen profession since 2004. In further evidence of her ability to do it all, she also has a thriving personal life, with a husband she has been married to since 2016.
Elle Duncan’s ESPN Career Began in May 2016
She was about 13 years into her career as a journalist when she secured the opportunity to work for one of America’s leading sports media outlets, ESPN. She joined the station as an anchor of its premier sports show, SportsCenter, on May 9, 2016.
Elle Duncan has held the position to date, covering every major sports news on the planet, particularly in America. She hosts the show on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings. In November of 2017, she also began hosting editions of SportsCenter on Snapchat.
After four years in the role and a host of impressive performance records, she began hosting the noon edition of the show. Along with Matt Barrie as co-anchor, she deepened her presence on the sports show, as part of a rising expansion of her work for the leading media outlet.
She Is Also The Host Of ESPN’s The Intersection
Before she began hosting SportsCenter in the afternoon, in the fall of 2019, she began intermittent co-hosting of the ESPN morning program, Get Up!. However, her most significant move outside of SportsCenter came in June 2020, when she was named co-host of ESPN’s weekly radio show, The Intersection.
Taking advantage of her outspoken personality and ability to connect with her audience, Elle began co-hosting The Intersection alongside Clinton Yates. On the two-hour program, she moderates in-depth discussions about the impact of social justice on sports and society.
Some of her statements and positions drew ire from certain members of the sports community. However, she has generally received support and recognition for her willingness to attack challenging issues and display her full understanding of subjects that affect her audience.
As part of addressing issues that affect race and social justice, she has also spoken at the 2nd Annual espnW Summit in 2020. Additionally, she was a co-anchor on ESPN’s Time for Change: We Won’t Be Defeated, a one-time program that examined black athletes’ experiences with injustice. Her rise as more than a sports journalist, but a social justice advocate, is the culmination of a passion that began when she was a child.
Elle Duncan’s Father Sparked Her Love For Sports
Elle Duncan was just a few years into her life after she was born on April 12, 1983, in Atlanta, Georgia, when she began picking up interest in sports. From a series of anecdotes shared on the air, we learned her father is a lifelong fan of NASCAR.
Subsequently, her father’s passion for NASCAR and the Denver Broncos, the home team of the city he grew up, sparked Elle’s lifelong interest in sports. Today, in the footsteps of her father, she is also a fan of the Broncos. With her natural inclination for sports established, Elle Duncan began a slow but steady climb to become part of it as a journalist.
After graduating from McEachern High School, she attended the State University of West Georgia and earned a degree in journalism. It did, however, take a minute for her to cement her place as a sports journalist.
Elle Began Her Career As An Intern On A Radio Show
Elle Duncan started her broadcasting career in 2003 as an entertainment reporter for former Atlanta sports radio station 790 the Zone. Then in 2005, she began a seven-year career as an on-air personality with Atlanta hip-hop station V103 where she hosted a top-rated program.
She expanded her radio work as co-host of pre-game, halftime, and post-game shows for the Atlanta Falcons Radio Network in 2010-2011. Elle Duncan was a sports anchor and reporter for WXIA-TV, Atlanta’s NBC-TV affiliate, from 2012-2014. She was also a sideline reporter for the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks for six years and a field reporter for Comcast Sports South on SEC and ACC football for two years.
Before she joined ESPN in 2016, she spent two years in Boston, working for New England Sports Network (NESN). There, she continued her career as an anchor, host, and reporter. Her experience at NESN has formed the basis of some of her social advocacy after experiencing racism while she was in Boston.
She Is Also A Philanthropist
Elle Duncan is also a philanthropist, working with the non-profit outfit Walker. The foundation offers special education, behavioral health, and residential treatment for children and youth. The reporter has involved herself with several of Walker’s campaigns: Change Lives Run, Walker’s Change Shoes, and Walk. She has given her time to volunteer work through the NESN employee volunteer program, NESN Connects.
Elle Duncan has a huge heart. She once used her time at Atlanta’s V103 station to recognize local non-profit organizations. The series was done quarterly and was called Cause & Effect. With the series, she created awareness for events aimed at raising funds for non-profit organizations in the city. She is a spokeswoman for Enchanted Closet, an organization that provides shoes, prom dresses, and accessories to disadvantaged girls.
Elle Duncan was awarded the 2011 Inspiring Women Award by Atlanta Dream and was listed one among the Top 25 Women in Atlanta by The Steed Society. Other recognitions that she has won include Atlanta’s Top 30 under 30 (AUC Magazine), 50 Most Beautiful Atlantans (Jezebel Magazine), and Power 40 under 40 It List (Johnson Media).
Elle Duncan’s Husband Is A Talented Disc Jockey
The beautiful Elle Duncan is married and her husband is Omar Abdul Ali, whom many have mistaken to be an actor. The two got married after a considerably long time of dating. Omar was said to have proposed to Duncan when they were on vacation, and they got married in Costa Rica. They celebrated their marriage anniversary in Japan in early July 2017.
Compared to Elle, her husband has a more low-key relationship with the public. We do know, however, that he was born on January 21, 1984, in East Point, Georgia. His parents are Deborah Abdul Ali and Ahmad Abdul Ali, and he has a sibling, a sister named Anisha Shareen.
Academically, he is a 2006 graduate of Computer Engineering from Vanderbilt University. We cannot say if he puts his degree to work. However, available information about him shows disc jockeying is part of his professional resume. He has performed in a couple of events, including a 2013 Frye Days event in Austin, Texas.
The two got married in 2016, and Elle Duncan had their first child on July 25, 2018. Her daughter Eva came in at six pounds, 10 ounces, and 19 inches. Labor lasted 32 hours! While in labor, she spotted a rainbow just outside the hospital window and posted it on Instagram as a message received for her baby! How cute is that?