Hannah Storm is one of the most recognizable and well-respected sports personalities in the industry, and she’s been doing it for some time. The award-winning newscaster hosts the weekday edition of ESPN’s SportsCenter, and during the NFL season, hosts the Sunday edition of SportsCenter leading into the network’s NFL coverage. In 2011, she joined the ESPN NBA studio team. Storm has also co-hosted ESPN’s coverage of the NBA Finals, the 2009-2011 U.S. Opens, as well as the Wimbledon Championships.
Storm, 53 years old, graduated from the University of Notre Dame with degrees in Communications and Political Science. She began her career while still in school, working at WNDU-TV, a Notre Dame-owned NBC affiliate. Find out everything you need to know about Storm right here.
1. Hannah Storm’s Father Was Commissioner of the Defunct ABA and an NBA Team Owner
Hannah Storm’s father, Mike Storen, was a big-time sports executive in his time. Storen’s career in pro sports management began in 1963, when he joined the NBA as promotions director of the Baltimore Bullets. In 1967, Storen founded the Indiana Pacers, and as the Pacer’s Vice President and General Manager built a franchise what won two championships.
Storen eventually became Commissioner of the American Basketball Association (ABA) in 1974. Subsequent to its merger with the NBA, Storen became president and general manager of the Atlanta Hawks. In 1986, Storen formed Celebrity Services, Inc., a sports business consulting firm, and even integral in the sales and marketing efforts for the Houston Astros and the Astrodome.
2. Hannah Storm Started the Hannah Storm Foundation in 2008
In 2008, Storm created the Hannah Storm Foundation to raise awareness, fund treatment and provide educational information for children suffering from disfiguring vascular birthmarks. Hannah’s interest in this topic stems from being born with a port wine stain birthmark underneath her left eye. Three children from around the world have received surgery funding through the foundation thus far.
The Hannah Storm Foundation also funds the Hannah Storm Journalism Internship at Notre Dame beginning in 2006. It was started as an opportunity for current Notre Dame undergraduate students to gain experience while working in the Alumni Association’s Communications and Marketing department.
3. Hannah Storm Was Involved in a Serious Accident Involving a Grill
Hannah Storm was seriously injured in an accident involving a propane gas grill at her home, but has rebounded completely. The anchor suffered first- and second-degree burns on her chest, hands, face and neck, and lost about half her hair as well as her eyebrows and eyelashes in the explosion.
The accident occurred as she was making dinner outside her home in Connecticut in December 2012, according to the report. “A wall of fire came at me,” she told the AP. “It was like you see in a movie. It happened in a split-second.”
4. Hannah Storm is Married to Sports Announcer Dan Hicks
Hannah Storm is married to Dan Hicks, who is the play-by-play announcer for NBC’s golf coverage, and has been in the lead golf role since 2000. Hicks also provides coverage during the Olympics, and was behind the call of Team USA’s famous comeback in the 4×100 freestyle relay against France in 2008.
Hicks started his career at CNN, before moving to NBC. Hicks occasionally calls Notre Dame football games, which happens to be Storm’s alma mater. Storm and Hicks have three daughters: Ellery, Riley, and Hannah. Storm reportedly considers her children her greatest accomplishment.
5. Hannah Storm’s Net Worth is Roughly $1.5 Million
According to reports, Storm’s net worth is valued at around $1.5 million. Her titles include: Journalist, Sports commentator, Author, Presenter, Actor. Storm signed a multi-year deal with ESPN nearly five years ago. It is reported that her husband Dan Hicks also has a net value of $1.5 million.
Storm’s experience figures to aid ESPN for years to come, according to Norby Williamson, Executive Vice President, Production.
“Hannah brings a wealth of experience, hard work and professionalism into every assignment,” said Williamson. “She will continue to help drive the success of the morning SportsCenter and her added presence will strengthen our big event coverage.”