Maria Taylor is in her sixth season as a host analyst & reporter. In the fall of 2017 Taylor will enter a new role as co-host on ESPN's College Gameday and sideline reporter for ABC's Saturday Night Football. In 2016, Taylor joined analysts Tim Tebow, Marcus Spears and Paul Finebaum as host of the SEC Network’s traveling pregame show SEC Nation. Taylor was also tabbed to host ESPN's NCAA Women's Basketball tournament selection show and coverage of the Final Four as well as report on Saturday Night Prime Men's Basketball. In addition to her hosting and reporting duties, she is an analyst on other SEC and ESPN telecasts of NCAA Volleyball. Prior to 2016, Maria served as a college football reporter on SEC Network Saturday Primetime broadcasts and anchored the network's nightly news and information show SEC Now.
In 2013, she was the sideline reporter on ESPN2’s Saturday night Primetime college football games. Taylor covered 2 consecutive BCS Orange Bowls. Additionally, she has been an analyst on NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Preview Show and also ESPN’s coverage of both the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament and Women’s Volleyball National Championship.
Prior to 2012, Taylor was a reporter and host for IMG College at the University of Georgia for three years. She also appeared on various Comcast Sports South studio shows including the Dawg Report, SEC Men’s Basketball Tonight, and SportsNite.
Taylor attended the University of Georgia where she played volleyball and basketball for the Bulldogs. She was named to the All-SEC volleyball team three times and was also a member of the USA A2 National Volleyball team. She graduated from Georgia in 2009 with a degree in broadcast news. She returned to the University of Georgia to pursue her Masters of Business Administration which she completed in May 2013. Maria is a native of Alpharetta, Georgia.
In 2015, Maria Co-Founded a non-profit organization called The Winning Edge Leadership Academy. The mission of the Winning Edge is to educate, foster professional mentoring relationships, provide networking opportunities and enrichment scholarships to ethnic minorities and women who are seeking careers in the sports industry. Since 2015, the academy has helped 16 students work towards job or internship placement and provided mentoring and funding for professional enrichment trips. To Learn more or get involved visit: http://www.winningedgeleadership.org/
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