History & Now, Sports

Doris Burke making history as game analyst for the NBA Finals

It’s about time.

words by: Natasha Marsh
Sep 16, 2020

History will be made this week as Doris Burke was crowned the game analyst for the conference and NBA finals and will host for ESPN Radio. She is the first woman ever to receive the title on a network television or radio broadcast so far along into the season. In short: this is major and so well deserved. 


Burke has been in the scene since 2003 for ESPN covering the NBA and in 2017 became the first woman ever to serve as a full-time game analyst. She’s also been a sideline reporter for the crew since 2009. “Doris is a trailblazer who continues to re-imagine what is possible for women in broadcasting and we know she’ll thrive in this history-making radio analyst role,” Stephanie Druley from ESPN told The Associated Press. “We’re so proud of our deep, diverse roster of women leading our NBA Playoffs coverage and we’re grateful to them for their leadership and exemplary work.”


Doris Burke will join Marc Kestecher and Jon Barry when the conference finals begin. Go Doris, go!


Photo via Ethan Miller