Kristen Ledlow, NAIA Student-Athlete to NBA TV Star
Kristen Ledlow had a swift rise in the broadcasting world, thanks in part to the lessons she learned on the court as an NAIA volleyball player and the opportunities afforded to her while majoring in Broadcasting and Communications at Southeastern University in Florida.
Currently, Ledlow is one of the faces of NBA TV as the host of a revitalized NBA Inside Stuff alongside Hall of Famer Grant Hill as well as being a courtside reporter for the NBA on TNT. Away from the sidelines she isn’t far from the game as she co-hosts the weekly “Ledlow & Parker” podcast with WNBA All-Star Candace Parker.
Ledlow attended Christian Community School, in North Florida where she played volleyball, basketball, and was a member of the cross country/track and field teams. Growing up, she dreamed of being the first female to play in the NBA and attended Florida State University with that goal in mind. But she elected to make a shift, which surprisingly, would ultimately lead her to the NBA, just in a different capacity.
While at Southeastern, she would trade in her jersey for a broadcasting headset multiple times a week as she juggled being an All-American volleyball player, record setting hoops player, and the lead announcer for Fire Athletics. Often, she would wrap up her own home game and be on the broadcast for the men’s game right after.
As a student-athlete, Ledlow kept herself busy producing segments for the local television network, in addition to on camera reporting on sports features.
Graduating in 2010, she got her foot into the industry as an intern for Orlando’s NBC affiliate during the Magic’s trip to the 2009 NBA Finals nd also for ESPN during the 2010 ESPY Awards broadcast.
She continued to gain experience becoming the anchor at WTXL-TV, hosting the Good News Show, while writing for the Tallahassee Quarterback Club and working on radio for ESPN Tallahassee. Ledlow’s hardwork would pay off as she became a sideline reporter for Florida State Seminoles football games. Afterwards, she joined CBS Sports Radio as a cohost of The Opening Drive.