Prime Continues To Bulk Up For TNF
August 4—Prime Video’s Thursday Night Football continues to add accomplished on-air and on-field talent to the roster, as the streamer announced today that Taylor Rooks will join its wraparound coverage as a feature reporter. Rooks will host feature pieces, sit-down interviews with players and coaches, and more throughout TNF’s pregame, halftime, and postgame shows.
“Taylor Rooks is an incredibly talented journalist, who has already established herself as one of the best interviewers in sports,” said Marie Donoghue, vice president, Global Sports Video, Amazon. “We look forward to bringing her engaging and illuminating conversations to our Thursday Night Football coverage.”
“Words genuinely can’t describe how thrilled I am to be joining Thursday Night Football on Prime Video,” said Rooks. “I’m so thankful for the opportunity to dive into more NFL coverage through in-depth interviewing and creative storytelling. Most importantly, I get to be on a team of talented, forward-thinking individuals bringing something cutting-edge and exciting to the streaming space. Being from the South, football has been a passion of mine for my entire life. The chance to merge my love of the sport with my love of innovation is truly a dream come true.”
In addition to her new role on TNF, Rooks will continue to work across Turner Sports’ programming and Bleacher Report, where she hosts Taylor Rooks X, Bleacher Report’s first show built around an individual talent. She also was Emmy- nominated last year for “Outstanding Personality/Emerging On-Air Talent.”
Prior to Bleacher Report, Taylor served as the reporter and anchor for SportsNet New York (SNY), and hosted her own podcast, TimeOut with Taylor Rooks. She previously worked as a host and reporter for the Big Ten Network, as well as a sideline reporter for CBS Sports Network. A native of Georgia, Taylor attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she majored in broadcast journalism and reported on football and basketball recruiting for scout.com. She made national news with her stories and knowledge of basketball—specifically in recruiting—and interned with the PGA TOUR, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, and Fox Sports.
Rooks joins an all-star Thursday Night Football broadcast team that includes legendary play-by-play announcer Al Michaels, five-time Emmy-winning analyst Kirk Herbstreit, award-winning reporter Kaylee Hartung, Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez, All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, NFL quarterback extraordinaire Ryan Fitzpatrick, NFL expert and top sports television host Charissa Thompson, and recently announced contributors and Super Bowl Champions Andrew Whitworth and Aqib Talib. Fred Gaudelli, producer of seven Super Bowls and a recent inductee into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame, will serve as the executive producer of Thursday Night Football’s game coverage. Multi-Emmy-award-winners Mike Muriano and Spoon Daftary are the executive and senior coordinating producers of Thursday Night Football’s pregame, halftime, and postgame coverage.