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ESPN Announces New Contract For Reporter/Host Laura Rutledge

Laura Rutledge is a new ESPN anchor.

ESPN announced multi-year contract extensions for members of its college football coverage today. One of them is for sideline reporter and host Laura Rutledge.

Rutledge has been with the network for a few years now, serving as a sideline reporter and an on-air personality for SEC Nation. She's been with ESPN since 2014, and last year was the first year she was a host for SEC Nation.

Rutledge has also worked as a SportsCenter anchor and red carpet host at the College Football Awards and the ESPYs, Additionally, Rutledge works on the company's gymnastics and college baseball and softball coverage.

She received a multi-year contract extension along with her SEC Nation colleague Marcus Spears.

“Laura is the ultimate utility player,” said Tom McCollum, SEC Network senior coordinating producer. “Turn on your television on Saturday mornings during the fall, Friday nights during the winter or throughout spring weekends in May and June, and, more often than not, you will see Laura. She gives everything she has to her colleagues and her craft, and we’re better for it. She truly connects with the subjects whose stories she shares, and it’s something we’ll benefit from for years to come.”

Prior to being hired by ESPN, Rutledge worked as a sideline reporter for Fox Sports, covering the Tampa Bay Rays and San Diego Padres.

She's also a former Miss Florida 2012, and is married to major league baseball player Josh Rutledge.

Without a doubt, Rutledge is one of the rising stars on ESPN's college football coverage. She's established herself in multiple roles for the company as well.

Congrats to her and Marcus Spears on the new contracts.