Bob Costas has been an NBC sports reporter since 1979, but he became widely known for his coverage of the summer Olympic games in 1992, 1996, and 2000.
Bob's first olympic experience came in seoul, korea in 1988, where he served as the late-night host. From 1983 through 1989, bob teamed with tony kubek on nbc's baseball "game of the week" telecasts. He hosted the network's "nfl live" pre-game show for nine years (1984-1992), stepping aside following super bowl xxvii. Costas has been involved in the coverage of six league championship series and five world series for nbc sports. He has hosted six super bowls. In the past few years costas returned to baseball, handling play-by-play for nbcs all star, playoff and world series telecasts. He teamed with joe morgan for these games. Costas' reputation within baseball is long standing, dating to his "game of the week" partnership with tony kubek. His frequent and passionate commentary about the game's history, appeal, and ongoing problems, has earned him the respect and admiration of milli0ns of fans. His book, "fair ball, a fan's case for baseball", earned excellent reviews, remained on the new york times best seller list for several weeks, and influenced the ongoing discussion concerning the game's direction. Bob Costas was the play-by-play voice of the NBA on NBC from 1997 through the 1999-2000 season.
For many years prior he had been the host of nbc's nba coverage. Bob Costas was also a contributing interviewer and essayist on nbc's nfl pre-game show, the program he previously hosted for nine years. In february 2001, hbo launched "on the record" with bob costas, a weekly, hour-long program of issues, interviews and commentary. Bob is a frequent contributor to nbc news, as a reporter and interviewer on the today show and other network programs.
Bob Costas has won fourteen emmy awards: ten as outstanding sports broadcaster (including the barcelona, atlanta, and sydney olympics), two for writing, one for his late night interview show, "later with bob costas", and one for his play-by-play of the 1997 world series. Uniquely, bob has been nominated for emmys in five different categories: play-by-play, hosting, writing, interviewing (for "later: with bob costas"), and journalism. Bob has been named "national sportscaster of the year" an unprecedented eight times by his peers in 1985, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1997, and 2000. When he first won the nssa award in 1985, he was thirty-three years old, the youngest announcer to be so honored. In 1988 bob began to diversify beyond sports broadcasting. He served as a substitute host for bryant gumbel on nbc's "today show", then went on to host his own late night program, "later.with bob costas". This emmy award-winning show featured in-depth interviews exploring the lives of newsmakers, entertainers and personalities from varied backgrounds. Bob left "later" in february 1994 (after a five and one-half year run) to concentrate on his new nbc duties. At age twenty-two, bob landed a job at kmox radio in st. Louis, missouri, one of america's most prominent radio stations. He broadcast a wide variety of live play-by-play and studio programs from 1974 through 1981. One of his primary assignments during this time was announcing the play-by-play for the abas spirits of st. Louis team. He did regional nfl and nba telecasts for cbs (1976-1979) and was the radio voice of the university of missouri basketball games (1976-1981) as well as the nba chicago bulls (1980).
Bob costas is a native of queens, new york and grew up on long island. He attended Syracuse University in New York, where he majored in journalism. He began his professional career at wsyr-tv and radio in 1973 while studying at Syracuse.