Rooks is a rising broadcast star that you need to know.
Taylor Rooks might only be 25 years old, an age where most college graduates just a few years removed from their undergraduate experience are still trying to figure out what they’re passionate about in terms of a career road. Rooks, on the other hand, has long known that sports media was her calling and she was adrenalized and invested in the field while most of her peers at the University of Illinois were trying to sneak into bars with fake ID’s.
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A rising young star as a reporter and TV host for SportsNet New York aka SNY, home of the New York Mets TV broadcasts and the New York sports scene in general, she paid her dues and had extensive on the job training with Fox Sports and the Big Ten Sports Network while still in college.
Now working in the number one market in the country in the sports industry, it’s only a matter of time before the charismatic, intelligent, driven and telegenic young woman becomes a major player on the national landscape.
Sports were always a part of her DNA, and the knowledge was passed down earnestly in her family. Her father was a former college football player at the University of Illinois and her uncle Marv Woodson was a former NFL Pro Bowl safety. And, oh yeah, another uncle was Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Lou Brock.
Brock is married to her grandmother’s sister and as a child, she once stood on the Busch Stadium turf with him as he tossed out the first pitch, surrounding by a swelling chorus of “Lou!!!!” At her young age, she erroneously thought they were boo’ing him.
The dream of working in television, specifically in sports, coalesced when she once saw Pam Oliver blazing a trail for other Black women sports reporters. Now, she’s sincere about responding to the young women who reach out to her for advice on breaking into the industry, knowing how important proper guidance and advice is in terms of succeeding in one of the world’s most competitive industries.
After Georgetown and New York Knicks legend Patrick Ewing was introduced as the new head coach at his alma mater, he sat down with SNY’s Taylor Rooks to share his vision for the Hoyas and his plans for the program.
Thus far, she is proving to be an emerging dynamo. Keep your eyes on this growing power player as the larger sports world will soon come to realize what we already know: Taylor Rooks is an engaging force who will soon be a household name and a media personality with every quality needed to achieve stardom.