|Born: Melanie Lynn Newman|
May 27, 1991
Melanie Lynne Newman (born May 27, 1991) is an American radio and television play-by-play broadcaster for the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball (MLB) and national Friday Night Baseball broadcasts on Apple TV+. She is the first woman to be a play-by-play announcer for the Orioles and one of only four female play-by-play broadcasters active in MLB.
Newman began her broadcasting career while as a student at Troy University, where she majored in broadcast journalism. She was the play-by-play announcer for Troy's volleyball team, as well as calling baseball and softball games as a student. She graduated in 2013.
She called games in Minor League Baseball for several years, including at High-A and Double-A. Newman worked as a sideline reporter for Fox Sports Southwest and served as play-by-play announcer for the Frisco RoughRiders. In 2019, she joined Suzie Cool as part of the first all-female broadcast team in professional baseball when she served as play-by-play broadcaster for the Salem Red Sox.
In 2020, the Orioles announced that Newman had joined their broadcast team. The COVID-19 pandemic delayed the start of the MLB season, and so she made her debut on August 4, 2020, becoming the first woman to ever call a regular-season Orioles game when she was part of the radio broadcast team. Newman also served as a sideline reporter and a studio host for Orioles' television broadcasts. On July 20, 2021, Newman was the play-by-play announcer as part of the first all-female broadcast team, who called the Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays game for YouTube.
On September 29, 2021, Newman teamed with Jessica Mendoza to call a game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres for ESPN. It marked the first time that an all-female broadcast team called a nationally televised Major League Baseball game.
In the 2022 MLB season, Newman became the lead play-by-play announcer for Apple TV+ Friday Night Baseball.
Newman grew up in Woodstock, Georgia.