Bryant Charles Gumbel is an American television journalist and newscaster of sports news. He had been co-hosting the NBC’s Today show for the past 15 years. His elder brother is sportscaster Greg Gumbel. Bryant has hosted HBO’s investigative series Real Sports with his brother Greg. It has been rated as one of the best sports programs, winning the 2012 Peabody Award. Bryant Gumbel has had more than his fair share of controversies. He is also one of those people who fought cancer successfully.
Bryant Charles Gumbel was born on September 29, 1948, in New Orleans. His father Richard Dunbar Gumbel was a judge while his mother Rhea Alice LeCesne was a clerk. Both his parents were of Louisiana Creole origins. His surname comes from his ancestors who were of Jewish-German descent.
He grew up on the South Side of Chicago. He did his graduation from the De La Salle Institute. In 1970, he did his graduation in Russian History from Bates College. He also edited the Black Sports Magazine for a year, while quitting it in 1972.
As for his personal life, Gumbel has two children from his first wife June Baranco whom he married in 1973. They had a divorce in 2001. He then married Hilary Quinlan. Eight years later, in 2009, he underwent a surgery for removal of a malignant tumor from his lungs.
Bryant Gumbel began his television anchoring career in October 1972 with KNBC-TV. He became their sportscaster operating from Los Angeles.
In 1975, NBC Sports made Gumbel the co-host along with jack Buck for National Football League pre-game show GrandStand.
He was with NBC till 1982 and was a TV host to several NBC sporting events which included Major League Baseball, college basketball and the National Football League.
In 1982 he left NBC to do The Today Show. He became the principal anchor of Today. He covered sports events and broadcasted from Vatican City, Europe, Vietnam, South America, and of course, the US. His work during 1984 and 1988, earned him lots of popularity, fans, and several Emmy awards. He became the third longest-serving TV host of Today
In 1988, he again returned to NBC to do the sports-casting of the Seoul Olympics. In 1990, he covered the PGA Tour. He moved away from the Today show only in 1997, after serving 15 glorious years.
Gumbel also worked with CBS. He started hosting a new primetime news-magazine. This was called Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel and was aired during the 1997–1998. In 1988, one of the episodes, the Reckoning, even won a Peabody Award.
In 1999, he began hosting the Early Show, after having hosted several other shows. When the Twin Tower was attacked on September 11, 2001, he was the first to announce it to his viewers of CBS. In 2002, Gumbel left CBS and along with it also the hosting of The Early Show.
In the movie The Weather Man, starring Nicholas Cage and Michael Caine, Gumbel also made a cameo appearance alongside Nicolas Cage and Michael Caine, in which he plays a TV host.
Awards & Achievement
Gumbel has been a sportscaster par excellence and has won a number of awards; the most prominent among them are 4 Emmy Awards.
Other notable awards are the Peabody Award which he got for his reports from Vietnam; the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award in the category of broadcast journalism.
A few more awards were Frederick D. Patterson Award, Martin Luther King Award,
Edward R. Murrow Award, Edward Weintal Prize, International Journalism Award, etc.
Net Worth & Salary of Bryant Gumbel
Bryant Gumbel has been a much-loved sportscaster and TV personality. His popularity got his cameo role in a blockbuster movie like The Weatherman and TV series Seinfield. He had a long successful career as the most prominent TV sportscaster and has switched his job with TV Networks successfully to leverage on his rising TV stardom.
The Net Worth of Bryant Gumbel is estimated to be a whopping $30 million.
Bryant Gumbel is an inspiration and role model for American black youth who are trying to make it big in media. He has been awarded by several institutions that promote the disadvantaged social groups, particularly the blacks in the US. He has worked hard for building his career. His grit and determination can be gauged from the fact that he successfully fought cancer and is continuing on his journey.