Alexandra Leigh LaForce, born December 11, 1988, is an American journalist, model and beauty pageant winner. She is currently a reporter at Turner Sports and covers the NBA on TNT. She was the previous lead reporter for SEC college games and a courtside reporter to college basketball games. She is also the host of We Need to Talk, on CBS Sports Network. LaForce was also a reporter and broadcast sports anchor for WJW, a FOX affiliate in Cleveland, Ohio. For her anchoring FOX 8’s Friday Night Touchdown high-school football show, she won an Emmy award in 2011. In 2005, she was Miss Teen USA. She also played college basketball at Ohio University.
Education and early life
LaForce hails from Vermilion in Ohio. She was a freshman at Ohio University, and she played five games under head coach Semeka Randall as a female basketball guard for the Bobcats.
LaForce started her pageantry career after she won the Miss Ohio Teen USA 2005 title, her first attempt at this title, in September 2004. On August 8, 2005, LaForce represented Ohio at the Miss Teen USA 2005 pageant in Baton Rouge. LaForce participated in the swimsuit, evening dress, and final interview competitions and was crowned Miss Teen USA 2005. She was succeeded by Shelley Hennig from Louisiana. Her mother, Lesa LaForce (nee Rummell), was Miss Ohio USA 1977.
She was awarded a one year modeling contract with Trump Modeling Management and an award for a scholarship to The School for Film and Television in New York City. She was also invited to appear on the NBC soap opera Passions. LaForce appeared in various parts of the United States to promote awareness about drug and alcohol abuse, as well as maintaining her high school education in Ohio.
LaForce was a sideline reporter at Sportstime Ohio for the 2010 Mid-American Conference’s Football season, the 2011 MAC Men’s Basketball Tournament, and the 2011 OHSAA Basketball Championships. She joined Cleveland’s Fox affiliate WJW channel 8 as a reporter and sports anchor after college.
In April 2014, Tracy Wolfson was replaced by LaForce as sideline reporter on the SEC on CBS.
LaForce was a sideline reporter at NBA TV during the NBA Summer League.
After the parties could not agree on a new contract, it was announced that LaForce would be leaving CBS Sports in June 2018. LaForce is still a March Madness reporter and makes occasional appearances on CBS.
Later, LaForce signed a contract with Turner Sports to keep her position as a sideline reporter on TNT for the NBA and NCAA Tournament. LaForce will be a field reporter for MLB on TBS Tuesday night in 2022.
Joe Smith is LaForce’s relief pitcher in MLB.