Mike Greenberg
Greenberg during ESPN The Weekend in February 2010
Michael Darrow Greenberg

(1967-08-06) August 6, 1967 (age 56)
Other namesGreeny
Alma materMedill School of Journalism at Northwestern University (B.S.)
Years active1989–present
SpouseStacey Greenberg (married 1997–present)
ShowMike & Mike (2000–2017)
StationESPN Radio
Time slotMonday–Friday
6 am – 10 am ET
ShowGet Up!
Time slotVarious
CountryUnited States
Previous show(s)Mike and Mike

Michael Darrow[1] Greenberg (born August 6, 1967) is a television anchor, television show host, radio show host for ESPN and ABC, and novelist. At ESPN, he hosted the weekday evening, most often Monday, SportsCenter and previously ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike show with Mike Golic. At sister network ABC, he was the host of Duel, which aired from 2007 to 2008, and co-hosted Battle of the Network Stars with Joe Tessitore. He has anchored ESPN's morning show Get Up since 2018, and also anchored NBA coverage on NBA Countdown.

Early life and career

Mike was born to a Jewish[2] family in New York, New York, and graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1985. In 1989, Greenberg graduated from Northwestern University,[3] where he joined the Theta Chi Fraternity, and started work as a sports anchor and reporter at WMAQ-AM in Chicago. He left WMAQ in 1992 to work for WSCR-Radio as a reporter (covering events such as the World Series and the Super Bowl) and talk show host. From 1993 to 1995, he also wrote a weekly syndicated column for the California-based Copley News Service. In 1994, he added reporting for SportsChannel Chicago to his résumé. In 1995, he left SportsChannel Chicago to work at CLTV, becoming an anchor, reporter, and host of a live call-in show. He left Chicago in September 1996 for ESPN, where he became one of the first hosts[3] of ESPNEWS when it began broadcasting in November of that year.

ESPN career (1996–present)

Greenberg on ESPN Radio in 2009
Greenberg on ESPN Radio in 2009

In 1999, with ESPN Radio airing in just four markets, Mike Greenberg was approached about returning to radio to be a part of a morning drive-time show with Mike Golic as co-host. Greenberg agreed, with the understanding that he would continue anchoring SportsCenter on a regular basis. On April 26, 2004, the show started a regular simulcast on ESPNEWS.[4] Because of their continued success, the duo moved to ESPN2 in January 2005.[4]

One of the most popular segments of the entire year on Mike & Mike was the annual "Sheet of Integrity" wager, a bracket wager based on the NCAA men's basketball tournament and the massive ESPN.com bracket contest. The bet originated after Golic told of how he would enter a massive number of sheets into different pools to win the money involved in the pool. Greenberg, believing picks required a sort of integrity, insisted that any such entrant be required to enter only one "Sheet of Integrity". Golic would select one of his (presumably) dozens of sheets against Greenberg, with the loser having to perform a humiliating stunt, usually on the air. The first year, Greenberg won and Golic had to have an eyebrow wax on the air. The next two years, Golic won, and Greenberg had to wear the University of Notre Dame Leprechaun mascot costume on the air, the second time on the Notre Dame campus. In the 2007 competition Greenberg, an admitted die-hard New York Jets' fan, agreed to wear a New England Patriots' jersey to a Jets' game and to milk a cow live on-air. Greenberg received advice about milking a cow from ESPN baseball analyst Buster Olney, who grew up on a dairy farm.

Mike Greenberg's final day as co-host of the Mike & Mike program was November 17, 2017. Greenberg and Golic were inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters’ Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2016 and the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2018. On November 27, Trey Wingo, host of NFL Live and ESPN's SportsCenter, became Golic's new morning show co-host, and the duo hosted Mike & Mike's successor show, Golic and Wingo from 2017 to 2020.[5] Greenberg joined a new ESPN morning show, Get Up!, which premiered April 2, 2018.[6] He also returned to ESPN Radio with a new show, called Greeny.[7]

Other television

Greenberg hosted the ABC game show Duel.[8] The first season of the show, a week-long six-episode special, premiered on December 17, 2007, and ended on December 23, 2007. The show was renewed, and premiered its second season (consisting of ten episodes) on April 4, 2008; the show's sixteenth and final episode aired on July 30.

On February 20, 2008, Greenberg appeared, along with his radio partner Mike Golic, on the soap opera Guiding Light[9] as reported on ESPNradio.com.

On April 18, 2012, Greenberg co-hosted Live! with Kelly.[10]


On March 7, 2006, Greenberg released his first book entitled Why My Wife Thinks I'm An Idiot: The Life and Times of a Sportscaster Dad, which reached 14th on the New York Times Bestseller list and was nominated in the 2006 Quill Awards for best sports book.[11] In April 2010, Greenberg, along with co-host Mike Golic, released a book entitled Mike and Mike's Rules for Sports and Life. Along with the release, the two Mikes embarked on a 15-city book tour that included stops in New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Dallas, Boston, and Tampa. Greenberg released a novel entitled All You Could Ask For in 2013.[12] He released the novel My Father's Wives in January 2015. On April 4, 2023, Mike Greenberg partnered with Get Up! producer Paul "Hembo" Hembekides to release "Got Your Number" published by Hyperion Avenue.


  1. ^ "Mike Greenberg: books, biography, latest update". Amazon.com. Retrieved June 20, 2023.
  2. ^ Dresner, Stacey (March 28, MikGreenberg). jewishledger.com.
  3. ^ a b Mike Greenberg Bio – Host of Duel – Sportscaster Mike Greenberg. Gameshows.about.com.
  4. ^ a b Mike & Mike in The Morning. 1450amespn.com
  5. ^ "Mike and Mike will finalize their long-awaited breakup on November 17". usatoday.com. July 17, 2017. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  6. ^ "New Mike Greenberg morning show "Get Up" will debut April 2". awfulannouncing.com. January 12, 2018. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  7. ^ "Mike Greenberg Gears up for ESPN Radio Return with New Show, 'Greeny'". July 28, 2020.
  8. ^ Mike Greenberg's Game Show 'Duel' Debuts Tonight; Washington Post's Tom Shales Is Not A Fan | Media | Mike Greenberg Archived September 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Faniq.com. Retrieved on March 25, 2014.
  9. ^ Mike Greenburg and Mike Golic to Appear on Guiding Light. TV Fanatic (December 5, 2007). Retrieved on March 25, 2014.
  10. ^ ESPN Radio's Greenberg To Co-Host Live! With Kelly. AllAccess.com (April 17, 2012). Retrieved on March 25, 2014.
  11. ^ 2006 Quill Awards winners and nominees. thequills.org
  12. ^ All You Could Ask For: A Novel by Mike Greenberg. Harpercollins.com. Retrieved on March 25, 2014.