The Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics is Friday, July 23 on NBC
STAMFORD, Conn. – June 21, 2021 – Zora Stephenson, the sideline reporter for Milwaukee Bucks telecasts for the past two seasons as well as a local radio voice in the city, will join NBC Sports, beginning as the basketball reporter at the Tokyo Olympics, it was announced today.
“We are excited for Zora to join our team, and what a way to start as a basketball reporter at the Olympics, as the U.S. women’s and men’s teams look to continue their dominance,” said Sam Flood, Executive Producer & President of Production, NBC Sports.
Following the Olympics, Stephenson will work across a wide range of NBC Sports properties.
“I am excited to join NBC Sports and can’t wait to travel to Tokyo,” Stephenson said. “I’ve always respected the commitment to storytelling at NBC Sports and I’m thrilled to begin with the Olympics.”
Stephenson joins NBC Sports after two seasons as the sideline and digital reporter for Milwaukee Bucks games on Bally Sports/Fox Sports Wisconsin. In April 2021, she became the first woman to handle television play-by-play for a Bucks game.
Since March 2020, Stephenson has also served as an on-air contributor for WTMJ-Radio, The Truth, and ESPN Radio in Milwaukee. Previously, she was an Emmy Award-winning news anchor and reporter at television stations in Denver, Colorado, and Greenville, North Carolina.
Stephenson is a graduate of Elon University, where she played basketball for four years (three-year starter) and set a school record for single-season, three-point field goal percentage (42.3% in 2011-12).
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