Jen Lada is a famous sports reporter and host known for her contributions on First Take, Baseball Tonight and College Gameday shows, which airs on the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN). Here is the bio of this amazingly skilled journalist including who her husband is and what her salary and net worth may be.
Jen Lada of ESPN – Bio
Jen Lada was birthed on January 14, 1981, in Spring Grove, Chicago, the US to Connie and Bill Lada. Her early life was greatly influenced by her sporty father who was an athletic director and her mum who was very much in love with the baseball games. She was bred at the Chicago neighborhood where she got her high school education from the Marian Catholics High School, Illinois, Chicago.
As a high school student, she excelled in track events and was a part of her school’s track team and cross country. Her athletic skill earned her partial sports Scholarship at the Marquette University to study Broadcast Electronic from the department of communications.
Whilst at the college, her interest in journalism was piqued after she joined the workforce of a local newspaper outfit where she started learning the ropes. After her eventual graduation from the varsity, she clinched her first job as a general news reporter for the Milwaukee Station affiliated with the Fox News but her stylish delivery of sports stories stood her out as a very good sports reporter.
No wonder Comcast SportsNet came calling for her service where she got her primary assignment as a reporter covering the National Football League’s Chicago Bears and Major League Baseball’s Chicago White Sox for the WITI-TV. Her excellent reportage got her recognized as the first place, Best Sportscast in 2011 from the Association of Wisconsin Broadcasters and she also clinched the Press club first position award for Best Featured Story on her coverage of Milwaukee woman Multiple Sclerosis runner.
Lada previously worked as a reporter and anchor for WITI-TV in Milwaukee and WREX-TV in Rockford, Ill. At WITI, she earned the Best Sportscast 1st Place honor in 2011 from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association. In addition, her story about a Milwaukee woman who ran across the United States to raise awareness for Multiple Sclerosis was named Best Feature 1st Place by the Milwaukee Press Club.
This remarkable woman in 2015 has had her time working for the CSN network, now known as NBC Sports Chicago where she worked her charms hosting the Kap and Haugh television show. Jen Lada and Colin Cowherd had a good synergy dishing out sporting news for the station before he left for Fox News.
Her outstanding reportage saw her make brief guest appearances on ESPN radio sports programs, working with Mike Greenberg and Golick on radio shows. Haven made a lasting impression with her analytic skill during the program. Jen Lada earned a permanent job with the ESPN network as a mouth-watering offer was made to retain her services.
By 2017, Jen Lada had been elevated as one of the lead contributors and host of ESPN Network’s Baseball Tonight, College Gameday and First Take shows.
Since Jen Lada’s engagement with ESPN, her stylishly well-articulated stories have earned some recognition and got even nominated for awards, such as the Best Feature story for College Sports Media Award.
This amazing journalist and reporter is not just a sports reporter but an excellent runner, who is not afraid of getting her hands into the grinds; she has been a participant in over three marathons, triathlons, and cycling as well as track races over the years.
The 5 ft 8 inches tall mother of two may indeed be discreet when it comes to her family and personal life but she is very much active on the social media platform, where she has racked up a tangible number of followers especially on Instagram and Twitter.
Salary and Net Worth
The Spring Grove native is probably one of the highest paid female sports reporters as her salary is estimated to be within the range of $85,000 to $100,000 per annum while her net worth is pegged at the sum of $1 million or more. This is not a bad amount for a journalist of her caliber.
Is She Married, Who Is Her Husband?
The beautiful Sports journalist is a married woman. She is the wife of Dario Melendez, a sports journalist, and reporter who works for a Fox News affiliated station in Milwaukee. They met in active service representing their respective network stations in the coverage of the Packers game at Lambeau Field. After dating for a while, the pair were married sometime in 2017, and by February 2018, they were proud parents to a baby girl whom they named Layla.
However, Lada’s marriage with Dario was not her first, as she was the ex-wife Sean Reti, a former college sweetheart and a soccer coach with whom she tied the knot in 2006 and three years after, in 2009, they welcomed their bundle of joy Chase Reti. However, their joy was short lived as a family, as the couple soon parted ways.