Samantha Ponder

Samantha Ponder (formerly Steele) is a contributor on College GameDay and reporter on ESPN College Football Primetime. She joined ESPN and the Longhorn Network in 2011 as a reporter working events, studio shows and feature stories out of the LHN studios in Austin, Texas. In 2012 she became the host of College GameDay and the sideline reporter for ESPN’s Thursday Night College Football games. She also serves as reporter for ESPN’s Tuesday and Saturday primetime college basketball games. Samantha was previously a host and reporter for Fox Sports, contributing to both Fox Sports Net and Fox College’s coverage of college basketball and football in the Pac 10 and Big 12 conferences. In her role with Fox, Samantha worked as a studio host and a sideline reporter in both college football and basketball. As a host, she led the pregame, halftime, and postgame studio shows for various events, including the Pac 10 Basketball Tournament and “Paradise Jam.” Samantha is also a frequent radio guest around the country during college football and basketball season. Additionally, she has served as a weekly columnist for [+]