A sportscaster and an anchor, Jen Leda is a contributor to ESPN’s digital platforms and ESPN’s College GameDay. She conducts interviews and previews for Headlines segments and is part of ESPN’s Department of Highlights. She also creates content for the channel's Radio’s digital platforms and contributes to SportsCenter and Mike and Mike.
In September 2016, Jen was named a Features reporter for College GameDay. Since then, she regularly files stories for the popular Saturday morning college football pregame show.
Since joining ESPN in July 2015, Jen has also made guest host appearances on a variety of ESPN Radio and television shows, including Baseball Tonight and First Take.
Jen Leda’s Wiki-Bio
Jen Leda was born on 14 January 1981 in Chicago, IL, but she grew up in Spring Grove, Illinois with her parents and three siblings. However, the information regarding her parents and siblings remain confined to media.
Standing at the tall height of 5’7’’, Jen holds American nationality and belongs to white ethnicity.
As for education, Jen attended Marian Central Catholic High School, where she stood out as a member of school’s cross country and track teams. At the age of 22, Jen graduated from Marquette University College of Communication with a degree in Broadcast Electronics.
From Waitress To Sportscasters: Jen's Career
Initially, in between graduating and her sportscasting job, Jen worked as a waitress. Moreover, she started her broadcasting career as an intern for Watts Communication. After that, she started working with multiple news stations as a sports reporter and an anchor.
Moreover, from 2003 to 2005, she became a sports reporter/anchor for WITI, where she earned the Best Sportscast 1st Place honor in 2011 from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association.
Later, in January 2006, Jen took a similar position at WREX and worked until 2013 where Nicole Briscoe also worked as a general assignment reporter. In 2010, she was a Radio Contributor for the weekly podcast, Good Karma Broadcasting.
After that, Jen worked as an anchor and reporter for Sportscaster for Comcast SportsNet in Chicago for two and half years.
In 2015, she joined ESPN where Darren Haynes also worked as a sports anchor and has filled a variety of roles. She makes guest host appearances on a variety of ESPN Radio and television shows, including Baseball Tonight and First Take.
Being a successful media personality, Jen must have accumulated a handsome amount of salary from her work as sports anchor and reporter. Though her exact net worth is not known, the average salary of ESPN employees is $76K.
Jen Blessed With Loving Husband And Children
The gorgeous sportscaster is currently enjoying her married life with the former ESPN anchor, Dario Melendez. She got married to her husband in the fall of 2017.
Jen shared the news of their marriage by sharing the wedding picture of herself with her husband via Instagram on 2 October 2017. However, it is not known as when and how the couple met each other. Since Jen and Dario both have a work history with ESPN, it can be assumed that they met during work.
Jen Leda shares her wedding picture along husband Dario Melendez on 2 October 2017 (Photo: Jen Leda's Instagram)
After a year of their wedding, Jen revealed the news of her pregnancy by flaunting her baby bump via Instagram on 7 January 2018. Eventually, she welcomed a baby daughter named Layla on 12 February 2018.
However, this was not Jen’s first marriage as she was previously married to fellow Marquette grad, Sean Reti. The couple tied the knot in a small ceremony in front of their close friends and family in 2006.
Jen and Sean started their dating affair after they first met each other while attending a University. After three months of their marriage, they together welcomed their first baby boy in 2009.
As their relationship could not survive longer, they decided to part their ways. However, the exact date and reason for their divorce remain unknown.
As of now, Jen relishes her blissful married life with her current husband and her two kids as a small family. She timely flaunts pictures of her husband and her kids through her social media sites.
Back on 6 July 2018, Jen Instagrammed a picture of her family of four spending their quality time together.