Melissa Stark
Born (1973-11-11) November 11, 1973 (age 48)
EducationThe University of Virginia
OccupationNFL Network Reporter
EmployerNFL Network

Melissa Stark (born November 11, 1973) is an American television personality and sportscaster best known for her three-year stint as a sideline reporter for Monday Night Football. Currently a reporter for the NFL Network, she previously had worked with NBC, primarily at its MSNBC subsidiary. She was also a correspondent for NBC's The Today Show.[1] In the summer of 2008, she anchored MSNBC's coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Prior to NBC, she was a reporter for ESPN.


Early life and career

Stark has a degree in Foreign Affairs and Spanish from the University of Virginia. While in college, she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

She began her career at WMAR-TV in Baltimore in 1991 as a news intern working on the assignment desk.

Stark was a news intern for the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather in 1993 and 1994 where she wrote scripts and assembled background information on investigative pieces for health correspondent Bob Arnot.

Prior to joining ESPN, from 1994–95, Stark was a production assistant and reporter for Virginia Sports Marketing in Charlottesville for the University of Virginia's Coach's TV Show, which aired in all major markets in Virginia.


Stark joined ESPN in 1996 as the host of the weekly program Scholastic Sports America, where she traveled across the United States covering high school and college sports focusing on human interest and issue-related stories.

From 1996–2003, Stark reported for ESPN's SportsCenter, where she served as a regular contributor to Sunday NFL Countdown and the Emmy Award-winning show, Outside the Lines. Stark was also the SportsCenter on-site host for the NBA Finals, World Series, Stanley Cup Finals, and Final Four and covered national stories including Major League Baseball, National Hockey League, golf, and NCAA basketball for the network.

ABC Sports

Melissa Stark joined ABC Sports in June 2000. She was the lead sideline reporter for ABC Sports' Monday Night Football for three seasons, from 20002003, which included ABC's coverage of Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego. Stark also served as a reporter for ABC Sports' coverage of figure skating, the NFL Pro Bowl and celebrity golf events.

In 2001, Stark was detained in Mexico after a security guard, not knowing she worked for ABC covering an NFL game, refused her, Al Michaels and Dan Fouts entry into the stadium where the game was being played. The detention lasted a while before the matter was resolved and the charges dropped. Stark admits to being quite embarrassed that she couldn't communicate with Mexican police since Spanish was one of her majors.[2]

In addition to her sports casting career, Stark has appeared as a guest host on The View and was the co-host of ABC Entertainment's 2001 pilot presentation of The Runner, a prime-time reality-based program conceived by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

NBC News and Sports

In July 2003, Stark joined NBC News as a National Correspondent for The Today Show and would also anchor MSNBC Live.

She made her NBC Sports debut in 2004 contributing reports and interviews for the network’s coverage of the Triple Crown and other big horse racing events for the network.[1][permanent dead link]

In 2005, Stark participated as a reporter for NBC's New Year's Eve coverage, hosted by Carson Daly. She left MSNBC Live and The Today Show in November 2006. She also hosted MSNBC's coverage of the 2009 Super Bowl.

Stark worked her third Olympic Games for NBC Sports serving as an anchor for MSNBC's coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympics. Previously, Stark served as the speed skating reporter during NBC's coverage of the 2006 Winter Olympics and the swimming and diving reporter at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

NFL Network

Stark has also done field work for NFL Network shows NFL Total Access and Around The League Live. As of 2012, she was set to host the NFL Network gameday show First on the Field and, for the 2013 NFL regular season, to host the on-site pre-game show, GameDay Kickoff (renamed GameDay First) at primetime designations along with Shaun O'Hara, Sterling Sharpe, and Brian Billick.[3]

Personal life

Stark is the daughter of Walter Stark, an eye surgeon at the Wilmer Eye Clinic at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Growing up in Baltimore, she graduated from the Roland Park Country School, a women's prep school in Baltimore, before attending the University of Virginia.

Stark resides in Rumson, New Jersey[4] with her four children and husband Mike Lilley.[5]