#NewhouseNetwork: Bob Costas '74

September 24, 2013

Bob Costas ’74, a 25-time Emmy Award winner, is perhaps the most decorated sportscaster in television. The host of NBC’s “Football Night in America,” he also serves as primetime host of NBC’s coverage of the Olympic Games and co-hosts NBC’s coverage of the U.S. Open, Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

Costas, who has the longest tenure of any of the network’s sports announcers, joined NBC in 1980. He has handled a wide array of assignments, including play-by-play, studio hosting and reporting.

He has won a record 14 Emmy Awards as Outstanding Sports Personality/Host in 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005. He won his first Emmy for play-by-play work on his call of the 1997 World Series; and won Emmys for writing in 1988 and 1995. The latter award was for his moving tribute to the late Mickey Mantle on “NBC Nightly News.” In addition to his 18 Sports Emmy Awards, Costas’ interview program, “Later with Bob Costas,” won the 1993 Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Series. He has also been honored as Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association a record eight times.

Costas began his professional career in 1973, at WSYR TV and radio in Syracuse, while still completing his communications degree at the Newhouse School. After graduating in 1974, he joined KMOX radio in St. Louis.

Syracuse University honored Costas with the George Arents Award, SU’s highest alumni honor, for excellence in sports broadcasting in 2001. The Newhouse School honored Costas with the first Marty Glickman Award for Leadership in Sports Media in 2013.