Hannah Storm's Biography
Hannah Storm was born as Hannah Storen on June 13, 1962
She is an American television news journalist. From 2002 until 2007, Storm was one of the hosts of CBS's The Early Show.
Hannah is the daughter of sports executive Mike Storen, who was a commissioner of the old American Basketball Association, and also president of the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA. She graduated from Westminster Schools of Atlanta in 1979 and the University of Notre Dame in 1983, with degrees in political science and communications.
Hannah took her professional surname during her stint as a disc jockey for a hard rock radio station in Corpus Christi, Texas, in the early-1980s. While at Notre Dame, she worked for WNDU-TV, the Notre Dame-owned NBC affiliate in South Bend, Indiana. After graduation, she took a job as a disc jockey at KNCN-FM (C-101) in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Six months later, she got a job at a Houston rock station as the drive-time sportscaster. Storm stayed in Houston for four years doing a variety of radio and television jobs, including hosting the Houston Rockets halftime and postgame shows and also hosted Houston Astros postgame shows on television.
After a brief stint in Charlotte at WPCQ in Charlotte (now WCNC) as a sports anchor and reporter, Storm's national television experience began as the first female host of CNN Sports Tonight from 1989 -1992. She also hosted Major League Baseball Preview and reported from spring training, the playoffs and Daytona 500. During her time at CNN, she met fellow sportscaster Dan Hicks, whom she later married in 1994 and with whom she has three daughters.
In 1992, Storm left CNN and was hired by NBC. She hosted for the Olympic Games, as well as NBA and WNBA basketball, the National Football League, figure skating, and Major League Baseball.
Hannah Storm became the first woman in American television history to act as solo host of a broadcast network's sports series when NBC had her host Major League Baseball games from 1994 to 2000. She then hosted The NBA on NBC from 1997 to 2002. Hannah also anchored NBC Sports coverage of Wimbledon, Notre Dame football, NBC SportsDesk, Women's U.S. Open and various college bowl games. Storm also made history as the first play-by-play announcer for the WNBA in 1997. Hannah's extensive sideline and feature reporting includes coverages of the NFL, NBA, professional tennis, men's and women's golf college football and figure skating.
While covering the 1995 World Series for NBC, Hannah unwittingly came into the crosshairs of volatile Cleveland Indians slugger Albert Belle. Prior to Game 3, Hannah was waiting in the Indians' dugout for a prearranged interview with Indians leadoff man, Kenny Lofton. Then out of nowhere, Belle came screaming profanities towards Hannah.
In October 2002, she moved to CBS News and became one of the hosts of The Early Show. As co-host of The Early Show, she covered major news events, including the Iraq war, Hurricane Katrina, Super Bowls XLI and XXXVIII, the 2004 Democratic National Convention, the Presidential campaigns of 2004 and 2008 and the London terror bombings.
Hannah burnished her reputation as a skilled interviewer through her conversations with major newsmakers such as: President George W. Bush, First Lady Laura Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Senators John McCain, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, as well as many sports and pop culture icons, including: Elton John, Paul McCartney, Peyton Manning, Tiger Woods, Jamie Foxx, Halle Berry and Jennifer Aniston.
In addition to her duties on The Early Show, Hannah hosted shows for the award-winning CBS newsmagazine, 48 Hours. She also served as co-host of the network's CBS Thanksgiving Day Parade for five years. In 2007, Hannah conceived and wrote a daily blog for CBSNEWS.com, which featured behind-the-scenes insight and stories of inspirational women.
During an Early Show on-air segment, Hannah revealed on camera that she had a congenital defect known as port-wine stain under her left eye. In November 2007, CBS announced that Storm was leaving The Early Show. Storm's last day as an The Early Show co-host was December 7, 2007.
Hannah Storm joined ESPN on May 10, 2008. Beginning August 11, 2008, she will anchor SportsCenter on weekdays from 9 a.m.-Noon. Her duties are to deliver highlights and to question analysts about sports topics.
Hannah Storm is the mother of three daughters with her husband, NBC golf host, Dan Hicks. She has written two books, as well as contributed extensively for several magazines, including Cosmopolitan, Nick Jr., Family Circle, Child, and Notre Dame Magazine.
In 2008, Hannah Storm created the Hannah Storm Foundation, which raises awareness and provides treatment for children suffering from debilitating and disfiguring vascular birthmarks.
She also sits on the boards of the Tribeca Film Festival, Colgate Women's Sports Awards, 21st Century Kids 1st Foundation, and has done extensive work with the March of Dimes, Partnership for Drug-Free America, Boys and Girls Club, Special Olympics, the Women's Sports Foundation, Vascular Birthmark Institute, University of Notre Dame, and Diocese of Bridgeport. Hannah also founded Brainstormin' Productions for the creation of educational and inspirational programming.
Hannah has written two books. Go Girl, a parenting guide for raising daughters to participate in sports, which is in its second printing, and Notre Dame Inspirations, which funds a journalism scholarship in her name at her alma mater.
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