Shannon Spake, born July 23, 1976, is a reporter for the NFL and host of NASCAR on Fox Sports. She previously worked for ESPN, where she was a contributor to SportsCenter, giving pre- and post-game reports. She also served as sideline reporter for the SEC on ESPN college football games. Spake was also a part of the new SEC Network, which is owned and operated by ESPN.
Spake was previously employed at Speed channel. She hosted NASCAR Nation’s second edition (June through November 2005) as well as being a reporter for its first edition (February through June 2005). With Marty Smith, she co-hosted Back Seat Drivers (a talk show) with Marty Smith. Her prior on-air positions included WCCB in Charlotte (North Carolina) and Carolina Sports and Entertainment Television.
From 2007 to 2014. Spake was a NASCAR pit journalist for the network, and contributed to NASCAR Countdown as well as NASCAR Now. Spake was a full time pit reporter for Nationwide races and Sprint Cup races that aired on ESPN in 2008. This role would be continued until ESPN lost broadcast rights to NBC Sports in the 2015 season. Spake signed a multi-year contract extension on August 13, 2013.
She worked as an assistant production manager at MTV, Nickelodeon and CBS before becoming an on-air journalist.
Spake was born in Florida. She graduated from Piper High School as well as Florida Atlantic University. She was an intern at the Miami-based radio talkshow host Neil Rogers in 1999.
Fox announced Spake’s hiring on July 6, 2016. Spake will be a sideline journalist on college basketball and college football broadcasts, a pit reporter for NASCAR events, a contributor to NASCAR Race Hub and a sideline correspondent for selected NFL broadcasts.
Spake, who was co-hosting NASCAR Race Hub alongside Adam Alexander, was appointed the new host on February 13, 2017. Spake hosts NASCAR RaceDay Saturdays and Sundays.
Spake was Shannon Spokes’ voice in 2017 Pixar movie Cars 3.
Spake wed Jerry McSorley at the Augustinian Priory, Ireland on April 14, 2008. Spake gave birth on January 1, 2010 to twins Brady and Liam.
She has competed in several marathons, five 70.3 Ironman events and many shorter distance triathlons despite having had corrective Scoliosis surgery since she was 12. She is currently training to compete in the World Championship in Kona.