Cindy Brunson is a veteran television broadcaster with more than 25 years experience as a journalist. During her varied career, she has covered multiple stories and events, from the weather desk to breaking news reporting and television anchoring. However, it has been in the world of sports coverage where Brunson has made the most dramatic impact on the profession.
Brunson began her career as a weather anchor and reporter for KHQ-TV in Spokane, WA before quickly moving to KATU-TV in Portland, OR where she served as weekend morning news and sports anchor and reporter. She covered professional men’s and women’s basketball (Portland Trailblazers, Portland Power), arena league football (Portland Forest Dragons) and a host of collegiate sporting events.
In 1999, Brunson accepted an offer from ESPN to become a studio host for a variety of the sports network’s original programming. Brunson was soon a co-host of ESPN’s flagship program SportsCenter. In addition, she served as a studio host for the WNBA and women’s college basketball regular and postseason coverage, while hosting and co-hosting a wide variety of programs from First Take and Sports Nation to shows on ESPN Radio.
Brunson moved to Arizona in support of her husband’s career in 2013. She was quickly hired by Fox Sports Arizona as a pre/post game host and dugout reporter on select Diamondbacks games. After the Phoenix Mercury asked her to fill in on a telecast, Pac-12 Networks hired her as a play-by-play voice for women’s basketball and a college football sideline reporter. Her talented reporting of live events saw her specializing in play-by-play coverage of both women’s and men’s basketball and softball. Brunson is the play-by-play voice for Athletes Unlimited Professional Women’s Basketball, the Phoenix Mercury, Fox and ESPN Radio.
Brunson lives with her husband and fellow sports broadcaster, Steve Berthiaume, and their adored rescued dog Jon Snow.