Alanna Janel Rizzo (born August 8, 1975) is an American sports reporter, who was part of the Los Angeles Dodgers broadcast team on Spectrum SportsNet LA from 2013 through 2020.[1] She rejoined MLB Network in 2021.

Biography

Rizzo is a native of Colorado who is also Cuban-American and fluent in Spanish.[2] She participated in track and cross country at Sierra High School (class of 1993) in Colorado Springs, where she was later inducted into the athletic hall of fame.[3] Though she earned an undergraduate degree in international business, Rizzo's interests shifted away from the business world.[4] She returned to the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she received an M.A. in broadcast journalism in 2003.[5]

After stints as a sports anchor for CBS stations in Wichita Falls, Texas, and Madison, Wisconsin, Rizzo became a reporter for Root Sports Rocky Mountain.[3] She won three Regional Emmy awards. She worked at MLB Network from early 2012 until late 2013. She reported for the shows Intentional Talk and Quick Pitch on MLB Network.[6] Rizzo resigned from her position with the Dodgers in 2021.[7] She has rejoined the MLB Network as a contributor to Christopher Russo's “High Heat” show.[8]

References

  1. ^ Dilbeck, Steve (December 8, 2013). "Dodgers hire Orel Hershiser as new team broadcaster". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
  2. ^ Hill, Marcus. "Sierra alumna Alanna Rizzo helps make MLB history," Southeast Express (Colorado Springs, Colorado), August 9, 2021. Retrieved September 28, 2021
  3. ^ a b Rhodes, Bethany (April 20, 2008). "Sports-lover's dream job". The Gazette. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  4. ^ Evans, Mary Coffin. "Profile: Alanna Rizzo," Coloradan (Alumni Magazine of the University of Colorado Boulder), Spring 2011. Retrieved September 28, 2021
  5. ^ Saunders, Dusty (July 27, 2009). "Rizzo makes smooth transition to TV". Denver Post. Retrieved April 18, 2015.
  6. ^ "Alanna Rizzo | MLB Network: On-Air Personalities". Mlb.mlb.com. 2012-05-25. Retrieved 2012-06-16.
  7. ^ Rizzo, Alanna [@alannarizzo] (January 27, 2021). "Some news I wanted to share: t.co/etbFR9ZBeF" (Tweet). Archived from the original on May 25, 2021. Retrieved July 20, 2021 – via Twitter.
  8. ^ Joe Reedy (March 30, 2021). "Rizzo returning to MLB Network as contributor on 'High Heat'".