Kathryn Tappen is an American sports reporter who manages the National Hockey League for the NBC Sports Group. She is known for her coverage of the NHL Live and NHL Overtime. Tappen also covers the Summer and Winter Olympics and Notre Dame Football. Her incredible presentation of her sports skills has brought her a host of fans.
Here is a detailed insight into Kathryn Tappen’s career and private life.
Kathryn Tappen Bio, Net Worth
Kathryn Tappen was born on April 9, 1981, in Morristown, New Jersey. Sheila M. Tappen and Richard G. Tappen of Morristown, N.J. Tappen was an active high school athlete who played basketball, softball, and athletics. Of the three, she was better on track. Tappen, also a classroom genius, earned an academic and athletic scholarship to attend Rutgers University Scarlett Knight, where she continued as an athlete and became a member of the athletics team and cross country team.
As a scarlet knight, Tappen was a Big East Academic All-Star and former record holder in the women’s 3000m tournament.
After graduating from Rutgers University Scarlett Knight, Tappen began her journalistic career in 2003, initially at College Sports Television (CSTV). Next, Tappen joined NBC affiliate WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island, where she served as a weekend anchor and weekday sports reporter.
In 2006 Tappen joined the New England Sports Network (NESN), where she worked as lead studio host for Boston Bruins games. In the same year, she was honored with an Associated Press Award for her sports film “Swim Meet”. Tappen’s sports film was also twice nominated by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for the Boston/New England Emmy Awards.
In 2011 Tappen moved to the NHL Network, where she hosted the network’s nighttime highlight show, NHL Tonight.
Three years later, in 2014, Tappen joined NBC. In addition to her other ABC roles mentioned above, Tapen reported for NBC Sports on the Super Bowl XLIX, the most-watched program in US television history.
In 2014, Tapping from Boston, Mass. Chapter of WISE received the “Woman of Inspiration” award for its values of leadership and mentorship that pave the way for women in the sports industry.
With over a decade-plus sports coverage, Tappen has made a name for itself and earned a good salary. While the exact figures of her salary were never published, sports reporters of her caliber are estimated to be worth between $500,000 and over $1 million.
When Tappen doesn’t report, she spends her time at the MARSOC Foundation. The foundation charitably supports the active staff of U.S. Marine Corp. and their families who have lost their lives serving America. Tappen became aware of the Foundation after her cousin, Marine Captain Stanford H. Shaw, III, died in a helicopter crash in 2015.
Kathryn Tappen Married, Husband, Dating, Boyfriend
Tappen was married to NHL defender Jay Leach from 2009 to 2015. She met Leach in 2005 when she covered the National Hockey League lockout. Leach played for the Boston Bruins. Their wedding took place in the New Castle Parish Church in New Castle, N.H…
The news of her divorce began to bubble when Tappen was discovered several times without her wedding ring. After a period of speculation, Tappen finally revealed that she and Leach had given up. However, she did not give the reason for her separation.
Jay Leach had a decorative hockey career spanning 12 years from 2001 to 2013. He played for the Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadiens, and San Jose Sharks.
Shortly after his retirement in 2013, Leach began his coaching career as an assistant coach with Adler Mannheim of the German Ice Hockey League. He became assistant coach of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the subsidiary of NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins. He left the Penguins after one season and joined the Providence Bruins as an assistant coach in August 2016. Leach was later promoted to head coach in July 2017.
The former couple is obviously doing well without each other. From 2017, it is unclear to the public whether Tappen has begun to meet with someone else.