Taylor Rooks Biography
Taylor Rooks is an American sports journalist and broadcaster born on May 22, 1992 in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. She appears on Bleacher Report and Turner Sports.
Rooks was also a host, reporter, and correspondent at SportsNet New York. She also worked for the Big Ten Network. She has appeared on BTN Live, BTN Football Pregame, and Women’s Sports Report.
Rooks was a sideline reporter for CBS Sports Network for the 2016-2017 football season. She was also a football and basketball recruiting reporter for scout.com. and has an on-air presence for major events, such as the Big Ten Football Championship.
Rooks attended Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee, Georgia, United States graduating in 2010 as a Lion. She then attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she majored in broadcast journalism. She covered and broke national football/basketball recruiting stories while working with Scout.com during her time at the University of Illinois.
Taylor Rooks Age
Taylor Lynn Rooks was born on 22 May, 1992 in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. She is 26 years old as of 2018.
Taylor Rooks Family
Rooks was born to Stephanie Rooks a dean at Gwinnett Technical Collegeand Thomas Rooks, top rushing leader for the Illinois Fighting Illini. She is the niece of St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer, Lou Brock; and the niece of former Pittsburgh Steelers and New Orleans Saints NFL player, Marv Woodson.
Taylor Rooks Reporter
Rooks appeared on CBS Sports Network reporting on the WBB Pre-NIT Championship at 19 years old. She also interned with the PGA Tour, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, and Fox Sports/Scout.com. She then appeared nightly on the popular sports television show, BTN Live, alongside Dave Revsine, Mike Hall, and Rick Pizzo, and also analysts such as Jim Jackson, Chuck Long, and Glen Mason.
Taylor Rooks SNY
Rooks hosts her own podcast, “Timeout With Taylor Rooks,” which airs on the SNY YouTube channel. Rooks drawn attention and acclaim for her one-on-one sit-downs with prominent athletes and celebrities from Dwyane Wade to Meek Mill. She went viral September 2017 when she argued with New York Knicks forward Michael Beasley about what percentage of the brain humans use.
Taylor Rooks BTN
Rooks became an on-air host, reporter, and correspondent for the Big Ten Network in August 2014. One of Rooks’ roles is to interact with fans and bring their social media topics onto the screen.
She regularly reports on Big Ten Games throughout the season, and travels frequently for television shows. Rooks hosts the Women’s Sports Report, alongside Lisa Byington, covering all women’s sports in the Big Ten.
Taylor Rooks Bleacher Report
Rooks’ show, Take It There debuted on April 3rd on Bleacher report. Her first episode featured Philadelphia 76ers’ Jimmy Butler. Lillard appeared in episode two. Saquon Barkley of the NFL’s New York Giants, who won NFL Rookie of the Year in 2018, talked about how he believes he will become the game’s best-ever running back in episode three. Rooks traveled to Utah to interview Jazz center Rudy Gobert for episode four a few weeks after he broke the NBA single-season dunk record.
Her efforts are a nod to a shifting media landscape, where sports content has evolved from just scores and recaps to personalizing athletes and telling stories about the cultural aspects of sport.
Taylor Rooks Model
After college, Rooks modeled briefly, but turned her focus to sports journalism.
Taylor Rooks Measurements
Having been in the modelling industry, Rooks has an hourglass figure. Her body measurements are;
Height: 5ft 11 in / 178cm
Weight: 141lb / 64 Kg
Breast/Bust size – 35 in / 91 cm
Waist size – 24 in / 63 cm
Hips size – 35 in / 89 cm
Bra size – 40C (US) / 90C (EU)
Cup size – C (US)
Her appearances include;
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Black
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Taylor Rooks Interview
Updated on: March 25, 2019
Interviewer: It has to be absolutely surreal to be watching the NCAA Tournament and once every couple breaks see a commercial for your show, right?
Taylor Rooks: Oh my goodness, Ryan, I am not kidding you: I watch it, I rewind it, I watch again, I record it. It does not get old. My mom and dad are watching every game just to see if they hear it, and then they’ll call me every time it comes on — which can be a lot! — but I get that everyone’s excited. I’m insanely excited and I’m just thankful that everyone wants to advertise it, and get the word out about the show. But, it’s definitely really cool. I do not play it cool when I see the advertisements.
Interviewer: With the show debuting next week, what is your elevator pitch when your friends, family, and other people in the industry ask you about what your show is going to be like?
Taylor Rooks: I always say the show is going to be a place where you are going to see athletes be real people and give answers that we never see them give anymore. Now we’re seeing athletes in these very controlled environments where they turn on the athlete hat and kind of take off the human hat.
This show is going to be a space where you can be a human, be authentic, be genuine, and just have real conversations. I think we’ve lost having conversations in an interview because we get so stuck on who we think an athlete is that we don’t allow the athletes to tell us who they are. And that’s what the show will provide.
In no particular order, guests will include Jimmy Butler, Saquon Barkley, Damian Lillard, Elena Delle Donne. It’s going to be really exciting. I can’t wait. I got to Bleacher Report in September and my whole goal was to get the show right. I think we’re really there.
I’m just excited for everybody to see it and to hear everybody’s thoughts. We’re in a space right now where we can create content that really matters, that’s really important. We’re working every day to do that.
The staff on my show is all female except for my field producer — named Jonathan, he’s fantastic. My producers: Justine, Nicole, Karen. My booker, her name’s Paris. It’s all women which I think is great. I’m really, really proud of that. We have a lot of diverse opinions when we talk about shows and who we should have on. I think the passion that we all have for the show will reflect to those who are watching it. I can’t wait for April 3rd.
Interviewer: I observe media pretty closely. You’ve mentioned a lot of the athletes can be buttoned up, but there are some people like Michael Wilbon or Stephen A. Smith who have just been stars for 20-plus years that I think some of the star athletes see them on their level. But you’re in your 20s, so how have you gotten these stars to connect with you in a way where they let their guard down?
Taylor Rooks: In some ways I kind of think being in my 20s has helped with that. I think because of my age some people almost see me as a peer. I also think that a lot of these guys — I was working at Big Ten Network before I moved to New York to work for SNY, and before Bleacher Report — I’ve been covering for awhile. I was covering them in college, or even their recruiting. So they’re kind of used to seeing me.
I also view myself as kind of like a players’ coach, except as a reporter. I’m always thinking okay, what can I say to connect to this person? Or what can I do to make them feel as though they’re never going to be attacked? Because I think that’s more so the problem the athletes have when they think about the media is that someone’s trying to get them caught up, to say something to make a headline.
But I’m very wary to never really do that because I think that headlines come in organic conversation, without it being some sort of trap. Through my podcast, which was my main advantage, players saw Okay, people are just coming on here and talking. I want to come on here and talk.
So I would say that covering college was the main thing, but really the podcast and their thinking that they would have a really normal conversation with me was a conversation they’d have with a friend.
Interviewer: Who are 2-3 people in the world of sports that you haven’t interviewed yet that you’d love to interview?
Taylor Rooks: Serena Williams. Like, how do you get her? And it makes me sad every single day. I am absolutely obsessed with Serena Williams, so it would be really nice to interview her. Also, she’s not an athlete, but I’d really like to interview Doris Burke. Her and Pam Oliver.
RG: You should be able to get them through ESPN and Fox PR, right?
Taylor Rooks: Yeah, I feel like I could definitely get them done. I’ve met Doris Burke, and it was amazing. I totally fan-girled and asked for a photo. But yeah, those three would be really nice to just sit down and have a conversation with.
Adopted from: thebiglead.com