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Womens' sports journalist, Lesley Visser was born on September 11, 1953 in Quincy, Massachusetts. Lesley Visser is both a legend and a pioneer among female's in sports journalism. She is the only sportscaster, male or female, who has worked on the network broadcast of the Final Four, NBA Finals, World Series, Triple Crown, Monday Night Football, the Olympics, the Super Bowl, the World Figure Skating Championships and the U.S. Open of tennis.
Visser was educated at Boston College, majoring in English. She received an honorary doctorate from her alma mater on May 21, 2007. In 1974, she won a prestigious Carnegie Foundation grant which entitled her to work as a sportswriter at the highly regarded Boston Globe. In 10 years at the Globe, she covered everything from basketball to baseball to the Olympics to Wimbledon, and also became the first female NFL beat writer when she covered the New England Patriots. A pioneer, the credentials often said, "No Women or Children Allowed in the Press Box."
In 1984, Lesley Visser joined CBS Sports, going full-time in 1987. She was a member of The NFL Today along with Greg Gumbel and Terry Bradshaw. She also covered the Final Four, the NBA, the Olympics, Major League Baseball and U.S. Open. In 1989, she covered the fall of the Berlin Wall, focusing on how sports would change in East Germany. In 1992, she became the first and to date, only woman to handle the Super Bowl Trophy Presentation.
Lesley Visser joined ABC and ESPN in 1994, where she became the first woman on the legendary series Monday Night Football. She also covered figure skating, the World Series, the World Skiing championships and the Triple Crown. In 1995, she became the first woman to report from the network sideline of a Super Bowl. She also worked for HBO's Real Sports, hosted by Bryant Gumbel. And in 1998, Visser became the first female commentator on Monday Night Football.
In 2000, Lesley Visser returned to CBS, where she continues to work today, covering the NFL and college basketball. In 2004, Visser became the first woman sportscaster to carry the Olympic Torch, where she was honored for being a "pioneer and standard-bearer." Returning to her roots, she writes a column for CBSSports.com.
Visser is married to sportscaster Dick Stockton, who calls games for both FOX and Turner Sports. They live in Boca Raton, Florida. Visser and Stockton met at the 1975 World Series, when Visser was covering for the Boston Globe and Stockton was a broadcaster for NBC.
In March 2008, Visser joined a local radio station in Fort Lauderdale, FL, to be part of their morning show a few days per week when she's not working for CBS. She can be heard regularly on Fridays on WFTL 640 Fox Sports (WMEN, Boca Raton) as part of "South Florida's First Team."