Tricia Whitaker, Rays’ Sideline Reporter
As the Rays’ sideline reporter, Tricia Whitaker knows baseball inside and out. She has reportedly saved many reporters from being hit by batted balls. Even though the sideline has a waist-high railing to protect reporters, Whitaker enjoys being close to the action.
In addition to her career, Whitaker is an avid baseball fan. She grew up cheering for the Chicago Cubs. When she went to IU, she studied theater but later switched to social work. Although she enjoyed sports and theater, she also found that she enjoyed talking to people.
Her love for baseball and sports began at an early age, when she was a kid in Stuart, Fla. Her parents later moved to Indiana, where she started her career as a sideline reporter for Rays games during spring training. Now, she’s the fifth reporter to work on Rays broadcasts in the last six seasons. Whitaker’s path to the big city didn’t follow a traditional path. After graduating from Indiana University in 2012, she worked for an ABC affiliate in Green Bay, Wisc., where she covered the Packers. This is not a typical path to the big market, but Whitaker’s talent has earned her a spot as a reporter in ESPN.
In addition to her work as a reporter, Whitaker teaches sports broadcasting at Indiana University. She has also served as a sports host and sideline reporter for the Fox Sports Florida and Sun networks. In addition to her broadcasting duties, Whitaker is also an accomplished writer.
While working as a traffic reporter for the morning show on FOX59, Whitaker was receiving hundreds of emails regarding her appearance. Moreover, she even received a handwritten note from a viewer. In addition, Whitaker texted pictures of her outfits to her mom before entering the building.
While she may be best known for her work as a news anchor, Tricia Whitaker is a passionate storyteller. She loves to share her story with others, hoping that students will one day have their own story to tell. She hopes that her students’ stories will inspire them to follow their dreams.
Before joining the television news team, Whitaker worked in sports broadcasting as a freelancer. She also hosted an evening show on IUSTV called Hoosier Sports Nite. She also covered basketball games and played basketball in high school. She continued to pursue her dream of a career in sports at Indiana University, where she worked for the Indiana Pacers NBA team and at the WTHR-TV Channel 13. After graduating, she landed a local TV job at WBAY-TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin.