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Scott Van Pelt

Scott Van Pelt
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Van Pelt in 2013
Born (1970-08-04) August 4, 1970 (age 45)
Brookeville, Maryland
Education University of Maryland
Occupation Sportscaster
Notable credit(s) SportsCenter (2001–present)
SVP & Russillo (2009–present; previously known as The Scott Van Pelt Show)

Scott Van Pelt is an American sportscaster and sports talk show host. He currently co-anchors the 11 p.m. edition of SportsCenter on ESPN, serves as the co-host of SVP & Russillo on ESPN Radio, and hosts various golf events for the network. By late summer 2015, Van Pelt will leave his radio show and become a solo anchor for a midnight edition of SportsCenter.

Early life

Van Pelt was born in Brookeville, Maryland,[1] and grew up in the Washington, D.C., area. He attended Flower Valley Elementary School in Rockville, MD. He graduated from Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring, Maryland, and enrolled at the University of Maryland where he studied radio/television and film. He is a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.[2]


Van Pelt began his career in sportscasting at WTTG-TV, a FOX affiliate in Washington, D.C. in 1990 and then moved on to the Golf Channel, where he worked from 1994 to 2000 as a studio host for some of the network's signature programs. He left the channel in 2001 to join ESPN, where he serves as a presenter for SportsCenter and is one of the network's top golf correspondents, covering major tournaments such as the Masters Tournament. He also is a prominent personality for ESPN Radio, where he was the co-host of Tirico and Van Pelt alongside Mike Tirico before the program was canceled and replaced with Van Pelt's own three-hour program, The Scott Van Pelt Show, in 2009. The show was renamed SVP & Russillo in October 2012. He is a studio presenter for Friday night College Football on ESPN college football games for the ESPN Network.

Van Pelt has also appeared as a commentator in golf video games, alongside Kelly Tilghman on EA Sports' Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11[3] and in a comedic turn in Aqua Teen Hunger Force Zombie Ninja Pro-Am.[4][5]

In 2012, Van Pelt made the decision to stay with ESPN. [6] In May 2015, the network announced Van Pelt would leave the radio show SVP & Russillo to become a solo anchor for a midnight-edition of SportsCenter, set to begin in late summer 2015. The midnight show will cover sports events from the day, but will include additional commentary from Van Pelt and some popular elements from the radio show.[7]


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