Doris Burke
Burke in 2011
Doris Sable

(1965-04-11) April 11, 1965 (age 58)
Alma materProvidence College
  • Sports commentator
  • Analyst
Years active1990–present
Gregg Burke
AwardsProvidence College Hall of Fame (1999)
USA Today Rudy Award as the Best New Face in Sports Television (2003)
Institute for International Sport's Scholar Athlete Hall of Fame (2004)
Honorary doctorate from Providence College (2005)
New England Basketball Hall of Fame (2006) North Providence Hall of Fame (2006)
NCAA Silver Anniversary Award (2012)
Basketball Hall of Fame's Curt Gowdy Media Award (2018)

Doris Burke (née Sable; born April 11, 1965) is an American sports announcer and analyst for NBA on ESPN, NBA on ABC, College Basketball on ESPN, and College Basketball on ABC games. She formerly worked as an analyst for WNBA games on MSG, and has worked on New York Knicks games. Burke was the first female commentator to call a New York Knicks game on radio and television.[1]

Burke played college basketball for the Providence Friars, finishing her career as the school's leader in assists. Honored for her pioneering work, she was selected to enter the Basketball Hall of Fame as the 2018 Curt Gowdy Media Award winner.

Early life

Doris Sable was born on April 11, 1965, in West Islip, New York.[2] When she was seven years old, she moved to Manasquan, New Jersey, where she was raised.[3][4][5] The youngest of eight children, she started playing basketball in the second grade.[5] Her basketball idols growing up were Kyle Macy, Kelly Tripucka[6] and Tom Heinsohn.

She played as a point guard at Manasquan High School[6] and was recruited by several eastern colleges.[6]


College years

Doris Burke attended Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island.[1] She competed as a member of the Providence Friars women's basketball team as the point guard for four years. She finished her career averaging 12.1 points and 5.3 assists per game.[7]

During her freshman year, Burke led the Big East Conference in assists.[6] She was twice named to both the All-Big East and Big East All-Tournament teams, both in 1986 and 1987.[7] As a senior in 1987[6] she was the college's Co-Female Athlete of the Year.[5] She was also named an All-American in 1987.[7]

She left Providence as its all-time leader in assists with 602,[6] and as of 2012 was still second in that career category.[5] She was later inducted into the Providence College Hall of Fame[5] in 1999, the fifth woman so honored.

At Providence, Sable earned a bachelor's degree in health service administration/social work and later a master's degree in education.[8]

Broadcasting career

Burke began her broadcasting career in 1990 as an analyst for women's games for her alma mater on radio. That same year, she began working in the same role on Big East Women's games on television, and in 1996 she began working Big East men's games.[3]

Burke has been working for ESPN in various positions since 1991. She has been a part of ESPN's coverage of the WNBA.[3] For many years she was the primary radio and television voice of the New York Liberty. In 2003, Burke was named to ESPN's men's college basketball coverage working with Dick Vitale and began working the sidelines for ESPN and ABC for their coverage of the NBA beginning with the 2003–04 NBA season.

In 2000, Burke became the first woman to be a commentator for a New York Knicks game on radio and on television; she is also the first woman to be a commentator for a Big East men's game, and the first woman to be the primary commentator on a men's college basketball conference package.[1][4] From 2009 to 2019, she served as a sideline reporter for the NBA Finals on ABC, and worked as an analyst in select regular season and playoff games until 2017.[9]

In 2010, she was featured as the new sideline reporter for 2K Sports's NBA 2K11 video game.[10] She has appeared in each edition since, including the latest in the series, NBA 2K23.[11][12]

In October 2013, Burke signed a multiyear contract extension to serve as an NBA commentator for ESPN.[13] On November 13, Burke debuted on ESPN's NBA pre-game show NBA Countdown, alongside analysts Jalen Rose and Avery Johnson.

In 2017, Burke became a regular NBA game analyst for ESPN, becoming the first woman at the national level to be assigned a full regular-season role. Burke replaced Doug Collins, who left ESPN for a job with the Chicago Bulls, but continued sideline reporting for the conference finals and the NBA Finals until 2019.[9] In 2020, she began calling the conference finals and the NBA Finals on ESPN Radio, joining play-by-play commentator Marc Kestecher and fellow analyst Jon Barry, becoming the first woman to do so.[14]

In 2022, she worked with play-by-play commentator Beth Mowins in calling an NBA game, as part of ESPN's plan to have an all-women broadcasting and production crew for the first time on a national scale.[15] Mowins and Burke returned together the following season during International Women's Day 2023.[16][17]

Personal life

Burke is divorced from Gregg Burke (head golf coach at University of Rhode Island), with whom she has two children.[5][6]

Awards and honors

In 1999, Doris Burke was inducted into the Providence College Hall of Fame. In 2003, she received the USA Today Rudy Award as the Best New Face in Sports Television.[1] In the spring of 2004, she was honored with induction into the Institute for International Sport's Scholar Athlete Hall of Fame, and in the spring of 2005 Providence College awarded her with an honorary doctorate degree. In October 2006, she was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.[4] The same year she became a member of the North Providence Hall of Fame.

In January 2012, she received the Silver Anniversary Award in recognition of her athletic and professional accomplishments from the NCAA. In 2012, she called the Big East tournament and was a reporter during the championship game.[18][19] Honored for her pioneering work, she was selected to enter Basketball Hall of Fame as the 2018 Curt Gowdy Media Award winner.[20] For their first match of March 2019, the women of the United States women's national soccer team each wore a jersey with the name of a woman they were honoring on the back; Tobin Heath chose the name of Burke.[21]


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  3. ^ a b c "Women Of The NBA: Doris Burke".
  4. ^ a b c "Doris Burke: Basketball Analyst & Reporter". ESPN Media Zone. Retrieved June 24, 2011.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Ryan, Bob (March 1, 2012). "She knows whereof she speaks". The Boston Globe. Retrieved August 10, 2012. Little Doris Sable grew up in Manasquan, N.J., dreaming of playing in the NBA. How much of her male audience can't relate to that?
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  7. ^ a b c "Doris Sable Burke (1999) - Hall of Fame". Providence College Athletics. Retrieved April 15, 2023.
  8. ^ Himmelsbach, Adam (December 18, 2014). "Adam Asks: ESPN NBA analyst Doris Burke". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  9. ^ a b "ESPN's Doris Burke Will Be the First Woman in National Role As a Regular NBA Game Analyst". Sports Illustrated. 25 September 2017.
  10. ^ "NBA 2K11 Videos: Bulls vs. Blazers w/ Doris Burke Commentary (Gamespot)".
  11. ^ McCoy, Gary, Harper (November 1, 2022). "WATCH: NBA 2K16 has captured the essence of Chris Bosh". CBS Sports. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
  12. ^ Kato, Matthew (September 8, 2016). "NBA 2K17 — Expanding The Commentary Team". Game Informer. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  13. ^ Diane, Pucin (24 October 2013). "ESPN's Doris Burke gets contract extension". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-11-13.
  14. ^ "Doris Burke to make history by calling conference finals, NBA Finals on radio". Pro Basketball Talk. Associated Press. September 10, 2020. Retrieved July 11, 2021.
  15. ^ "Warriors vs. Jazz Broadcast to Have All-Woman Crew for 1st Time in ESPN's History".
  16. ^ "All-female ensemble set for broadcast of NBA game on ESPN". March 8, 2023. Retrieved May 25, 2023.
  17. ^ "ESPN Continues All-Women Led NBA Game & Studio Broadcasts in Celebration of International Women's Day on March 8" (Press release). Bristol: ESPN. March 3, 2023. Retrieved May 25, 2023.
  18. ^ "Former NCAA stars shine at Honors Celebration -". 2012-01-18. Archived from the original on 2012-01-18. Retrieved 2021-06-20.
  19. ^ "Kevin Johnson, David Robinson, Doris Burke among NCAA Silver Anniversary Award winners". Washington Post. January 13, 2012. Archived from the original on December 26, 2018. Retrieved 14 January 2012.
  20. ^ "ESPN's Burke to receive Naismith media award". Retrieved 2018-02-18.
  21. ^ Ennis, Dawn (4 March 2019). "Lesbian icons honored with jerseys worn by USWNT". Outsports. Retrieved 2019-03-04.