Lesley Visser is both a legend and a pioneer among female's in sports journalism.
Visser begins her second season serving as a contributor for THE NFL TODAY this season. She served in that role for the CBS Television Network’s coverage of Super Bowl XXXV in January 2001. She also currently serves as a reporter for HBO Sports’ “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.” This season Visser also will return to covering “Monday Night Football” as an analyst for Westwood One/CBS Radio Sports along with Howard David and Boomer Esiason for selected games during the 2001-2002 season. This marks another first in sports broadcasting as Visser becomes the first woman to be an analyst for NFL broadcasts.
Visser returned to CBS Sports after nearly seven years with ABC Sports, including the last two as the sideline reporter for “Monday Night Football,” in which she became the first woman assigned to the series and the first woman ever to be on the sidelines reporting during the Super Bowl. While at ABC Sports, Visser served as a reporter for college football bowl games and NFL playoff games. She also contributed to ABC’s coverage of Triple Crown horse racing, “ABC’s Wide World of Sports,” Major League Baseball, including the World Series, figure skating, the Special Olympics, skiing, the Pro Bowl, the ABC series, “A Passion to Play,” as well as hosting the network’s coverage of the “Millennium Tournament of Roses Parade.” Visser also covered the NCAA basketball Final Four and Super Bowl for ESPN.
Before joining ABC Sports, Visser worked for CBS Sports in 1984, becoming full-time in 1987, where her assignments included the NBA ON CBS, college basketball, Major League Baseball, college football, the U.S. Open Tennis Championships and the Winter Olympics. In addition, she was a regular on THE NFL TODAY pre-game show. In 1992, she became the first woman to handle the post-game presentation ceremony at the Super Bowl. And in 1989, she covered the fall of the Berlin Wall, focusing on how sports would change in East Germany.
Visser began her career in sports journalism in 1974 as a member of the Boston Globe sports staff on a grant from the prestigious Carnegie Foundation. Two years later she was assigned to cover the New England Patriots becoming the first ever female NFL beat writer. While at the Boston Globe, she covered the NCAA Final Four, Super Bowl, NBA Finals, World Series, Wimbledon, the Olympics and college football.
Visser was voted the Outstanding Women’s Sportswriter in America in 1983 and won the Women’s Sports Foundation Award for Journalism in 1992. In 1999, she won the first AWSM Pioneer Award.
Visser earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Boston College. She was born on September 11 in Quincy, Mass. Visser is married to FOX/Turner sportscaster Dick Stockton and resides in Boca Raton, Florida.