Hometown: Alpharetta, Georgia
Maria Taylor is in her sixth season as an analyst, host and reporter for ESPN and served as commentator for the 2017 and 2018 College Football Playoff semi-final and National Championship games. In 2017, Taylor became the first African American woman to co-host College GameDay Built by The Home Depot. Also, Taylor was the sideline reporter for ABC Saturday Night Football and patrolled the sidelines for the 2018 College Football Playoff and National Championship Game.
Previously, she served as the first female host of SEC Network’s traveling college football show, SEC Nation, alongside analysts Tim Tebow, Marcus Spears and Paul Finebaum. In addition to her football duties, Taylor is a host of Big Monday and NCAA Women’s Final Four and National Championship coverage. She helped launch the SEC Network as one of three studio hosts and worked as the SEC Primetime Saturday Night college football reporter with commentators Brent Musburger and Jesse Palmer. Taylor was a reporter and host for IMG College at the University of Georgia. She appeared on various Comcast Sports South studio shows. Taylor co-founded the non-profit organization The Winning Edge Leadership Academy to develop the next generation of women and minority leaders in sports business.
A native of Alpharetta, Ga., she attended the University of Georgia, where she played volleyball and basketball. Currently, Maria splits her time between Los Angeles and Atlanta. Her birthday is May 12. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @MariaTaylor.