Lesley Visser Bio

Hall of Fame Sportscaster Lesley Visser has written her story: “Sometimes You Have to Cross when it says, ‘Don’t Walk’” – A Memoir of Breaking Barriers

Lesley Visser is the most highly acclaimed female sportscaster of all time. In six Halls of Fame, she is often recognized as the “First” – the first woman enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame; the first woman to report from a Super Bowl sideline; the first woman to cover the NFL as a beat; the first and only woman to present the Championship Lombardi Trophy at the Super Bowl; the first female sportscaster to carry the Olympic Torch, the first woman on “Monday Night Football” and the first female analyst in both Radio and TV. She is the only sportscaster, male or female, to have worked on the Network Broadcasts of the Final Four, the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals, the Olympics, the World Series, the Triple Crown, the World Figure Skating Championship and the US Open Tennis.

She was voted the No. 1 Female Sportscaster of All-Time by the National Sportscasters of America. Her career began at the Boston Globe in 1974 after she won a Carnegie Foundation Grant, given to only 20 women in the country who wanted to go into jobs that were 95% male.

Lesley was elected to the Sportswriters Hall of Fame for her work at the Boston Globe, magazines and CBS.com. She was voted to the Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame for her work at CBS, ABC and HBO. Visser was the first and only woman to win the Billie Jean King “Outstanding

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Journalist Award”, and was honored as the first woman “Lombardi Fellow.” She has been named a Muhammad Ali “Daughter of Greatness” and was honored for her achievements by the 18th World Congress of Sport. In 2016, she won Newseum Award for Lifetime Achievement, first given to Walter Cronkite. Lesley had the privilege of reporting from the Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and had the honor of throwing out the first pitch for her beloved Red Sox in 2013.

A graduate of Boston College, which awarded her an Honorary Doctorate in 2007, she has served on the board of the V Foundation for Cancer Research for more than 20 years, while also serving on the board of NYU’s “Sports and Society”. Visser has mentored young women for decades, while speaking at colleges and businesses around the world – from Doha, Qatar, to Charleston, South Carolina, where she spoke at the Renaissance Weekend, founded by President Bill Clinton. Lesley’s book, “Sometimes You Have to Cross When It Says Don’t Walk” is a memoir of breaking barriers.

The Hall of Fame Sportscaster is in her 30th year at CBS, her 45th in the business. She has been voted one of the “Women we Love” by Esquire Magazine and one of the “Five Ideal Dinner Guests” by GQ. She and her husband, Bob Kanuth, a former captain of Harvard basketball, live in Bay Harbor Islands, Florida.

Hall of Fame Sportscaster Lesley Visser has written her story: “Sometimes You Have to Cross when it says, ‘Don’t Walk’” – A Memoir of Breaking Barriers

Lesley Visser is the most highly acclaimed female sportscaster of all time. In six Halls of Fame, she is often recognized as the “first” – the first woman enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame; the first woman to report from a Super Bowl sideline; the first woman to cover the NFL as a beat; the first and only woman to present the Championship Lombardi Trophy at the Super Bowl; the first female sportscaster to carry the Olympic Torch, the first woman on “Monday Night Football” and the first female analyst in both Radio and TV. She is the only sportscaster, male or female, to have worked on the Network Broadcasts of the Final Four, the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals, the Olympics, the World Series, the Triple Crown, the World Figure Skating Championship and the US Open Tennis. She was voted the No. 1 Female Sportscaster of All-Time by the National Sportscasters of America. Her career began at the Boston Globe in 1974 after she won a Carnegie Foundation Grant, given to only 20 women in the country who wanted to go into jobs that were 95% male.

Lesley was elected to the Sportswriters Hall of Fame for her work at the Boston Globe, magazines and CBS.com. She was voted to the Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame for her work at CBS, ABC and HBO. Visser was the first and only woman to win the Billie Jean King “Outstanding Journalist Award”, and was honored as the first woman “Lombardi Fellow.” She has been named a Muhammad Ali “Daughter of Greatness” and was honored for her achievements by the 18th World Congress of Sport. In 2016, she won Newseum Award for Lifetime Achievement, first given to Walter Cronkite. Lesley had the privilege of reporting from the Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and had the honor of throwing out the first pitch for her beloved Red Sox in 2013.

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A graduate of Boston College, which awarded her an Honorary Doctorate in 2007, she has served on the board of the V Foundation for Cancer Research for more than 20 years, while also serving on the board of NYU’s “Sports and Society”. Visser has mentored young women for decades, while speaking at colleges and businesses around the world – from Doha, Qatar, to Charleston, South Carolina, where she spoke at the Renaissance Weekend, founded by President Bill Clinton. Lesley’s book, “Sometimes You Have to Cross When It Says Don’t Walk” is a memoir of breaking barriers.

The Hall of Fame Sportscaster is in her 30th year at CBS, her 45th in the business. She has been voted one of the “Women we Love” by Esquire Magazine and one of the “Five Ideal Dinner Guests” by GQ. She and her husband, Bob Kanuth, a former captain of Harvard basketball, live in Bay Harbor Islands, Florida.