Serena Winters is an American sports journalist who currently works as the sideline reporter for the Philadelphia 76ers on NBC Sports Philadelphia. She was also the host of the daily primetime sports TV show, The Bridge, which aired on NBC Sports Northwest. Her career journey which began when she was in college has seen her thrive in various areas of journalism from hosting to sports reporting, color commentary, writing, editing, producing, and what have you.
A great deal of what is known about Winters revolves around her career but there is more to who she is. For instance, she is quite passionate about promoting the welfare of humanity and once volunteered with The Salvation Army, a non-profit organization where she assisted in handing out food and other essentials to people in need.
Winter Was Raised an Only Child But She Had a Memorable Childhood
Born on the 27th of August 1988, Serena Winter was raised as an only child but that didn’t get in the way of her having a memorable childhood, thanks to her parents. From what we learned, they ensured she was a very active kid as they enrolled her in theatre classes and also encouraged her to get involved in sporting activities.
Raised in Huntington Beach, the journalist schooled at Huntington Beach High School where she thrived academically as much as she excelled in sports. It is said that she left the school with a 4.8 GPA and was a tri-varsity athlete who flourished in basketball, golf, and track.
In high school, Winter was a club member of the Model United Nations. This had her act as an economic leader of some nations of the world; she would normally face other mock leaders in a debate to trash out issues that matter. While it was just a high school activity for Serena, it prepared her for the career path she would follow in years to come as it made her fluent in speaking and writing which are attributes that come handy in journalism.
Over the years, her interests and hobbies have stayed faithful to sporting activities and the media. She is passionate about hiking, golfing, kickboxing, and Muay Thai as much as she loves reading, podcasts, and listening to stories about entrepreneurs.
The Sports Journalist Lost Her Father Before She Became a Teenager
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Dad ❤️ I miss sneaking onto golf courses on holidays & getting kicked off of golf courses because you’d always let me drive the cart. I miss using our garage (and the neighbors!) as a backstop when you’d pitch to me and I’d run the ‘bases’ around our triangle cul-de-sac. I miss playing hockey in the driveway and shooting around. I miss that one time you pulled me out of school, just to go ice skating. I miss going to batting cages and listening to music all day long. I miss going to record stores and reading to you in the car on our way to school. I miss getting wheatgrass shots and smoothies. I really miss making you laugh. The list could go on forever, and it always does in my mind. I’m so lucky to have had you as my Dad for the time that I did. To those that have lost your fathers, I want you to know that I’m thinking of you today, too. ❤️ Never take a Father’s Day spent with your dad for granted…I know I’d give anything to spend another one with mine. #happyfathersday #girldad
It has been hard to tell much about Serena Winters’ father and this is probably because he died when she was 12 years old. The circumstances surrounding his death remain unknown to us, but it is known that he bonded well with his daughter.
Serena and her mother Chris Evans would agree that the man had a lot to do with Serena’s involvement in sports. He also helped her to build her vocabulary as he often made her read to him aloud. It is possible that this contributed to Winters’ academic success. She once shared that her father wanted her to be smart, so she pressured herself to please him.
Leaving high school with a 4.8 GPA, Serena moved on to the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) where she graduated Magna Cum Laude; this was in 2010 and she majored in communication and minored in sport management.
She Began Her Career as a Summer Camp Administrative Assistant With The Los Angeles Lakers
Winters’ time with journalism began when she was still a college student. From 2008 to 2010, she worked with the Los Angeles Lakers as a Summer Camp Administrative Assistant and from September 2009 to June 2010, she held the position of a Corporate Partnerships Intern with the team. She also worked with UCSB’s media relations department.
She further interned on the set of Jim Rome Is Burning, beginning in January 2011. At the time, the show was aired on ESPN and the social media department of FUEL TV. While there, Winters worked as a Color Analyst on The Santa Barbara Channel’s broadcast of the West Coast Pro Basketball League.
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Gratitude. That’s the first word that comes to mind after calling my first NBA game as color analyst on Thursday night. This journey has been nuts & I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I started calling games for @ucsbathletics basketball (keep swiping to see the last photo of 19-year-old Serena calling a game for the Big West Tourny, circa 2008 haha). After my first game, I was hooked, and knew that this was the journey I wanted to pursue. Fast forward to 2020, and I got the call up! So thankful to our entire broadcast crew who were my biggest advocates, and to NBC for giving me the opportunity. Man this has been & continues to be a beautiful grind & I’m so thankful to have such an amazing support system of family & friends throughout my life, who never doubted me, even when I chose to valet cars, with my college degree, just so that I could keep calling games for a semi-pro basketball team back in the day 🤣 (my day 1’s know that ugly uniform I was running around in!!! lol). And for my rock, that didn’t blink when we made 2 moves in 9 months so that I could pursue this career that I love so much. I’m using a lot of words to say, always be thankful for your people & appreciate YOUR journey. One thing I’ll always take away from Kobe is that the beauty, is really in the journey itself. Of course these milestones feel great in the moment, but it’s even more about the mini-milestones, the things that got you to where you are now. If you can always appreciate your journey & find beauty in the struggle, then you will always keep learning & you will always keep moving forward & for me, that’s what it’s all about. 💯
Following her graduation from college, Winters began her journalism career as a broadcaster for 91.9FM in Santa Barbara where she moved from giving sports updates to running play-by-play and color commentary for the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos men’s basketball team.
Before that, she was the lead reporter for Lakers Nation and was on the on-air talent team at Spectrum SportsNet. Winters then co-hosted a live one-hour sports talk show for The Santa Barbara Channels. That also meant that she often attended Friday Night Fights, and spent her time interviewing boxers at Chumash Casino.
Experiences That Helped Her Become The Host of NBC Sports’ The Bridge and a Sixers Reporter
In April 2012, Winters became a full-time staff with Lakers Nation and began her role as their on-air host and reporter. In her time there, she successfully uploaded over 3,000 video clips which grossed over 50 million views and garnered over 175,000 subscribers. Her contents ranged from exclusive interviews with NBA legends like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, and several more to post-game reports, daily practice updates, and special features.
Earlier, she served Sports Talk 805 as a Co-host and Co-producer. This saw her carry out field reports and interview athletes at boxing events and college basketball games. Apart from that, she co-produced and hosted a sports news and entertainment TV show.
For over three years, from September 2014 to January 2018, Serena Winters served Spectrum formerly known as Time Warner Cable as a Guest Analyst and Host. She was seen in multiple shows of the TV channel like “Lakeshow”, “Lakers Top 10s”, “Acces: SportsNet”, and “Backstage: Lakers”.
It was in January 2018 that Serena joined NBC Sports, thanks to the enormous experience she had accumulated over the years working with various media outlets. Joining the Portland, Oregon Area of the network, she served as the host of The Bridge, a daily talk show about Pacific Northwest sports.
She held this position until September 2018 when she became a Sixers Reporter. Since then, Serena Winters has been a sideline reporter for the Philadelphia 76ers on NBC Sports Philadephia while contributing to other programs of the platforms.