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Rich Eisen

Richard Eisen is an American television journalist who works for NFL Network. Richard Eisen is married to Suzy Shuster, college football sideline reporter for ESPN on ABC. Richard Eisen wrote the book Total Access which was published in 2007.


Early life and education

Richard Eisen was born to a Jewish family in Brooklyn, New York, June 24, 1969, and was raised on Staten Island.[1] Richard Eisen attended the University of Michigan, where Richard Eisen served as co–sports editor of the school's Michigan Daily. Richard Eisen graduated in 1990 with a bachelor of arts degree, and in 1994 Richard Eisen earned a master of science degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

Broadcasting career

Early years (1990–1996)

Richard Eisen was first a staff writer for the Staten Island Advance from 1990–1993, and the Chicago Tribune in 1993 and 1994. Richard Eisen was then a sports anchor and reporter at KRCR-TV in Redding, California from 1994 to 1996, and also worked in television as the Medill News Service's Washington correspondent (1994).[1]

ESPN (1996–2003)

Before working for the NFL Network, Richard Eisen worked for ESPN. Richard Eisen was part of a duo with Stuart Scott, and became well known for his humor, most notably his impressions of Atlanta Braves broadcaster Skip Caray and provided interviews during the Home Run Derby. Richard Eisen was also the host of ESPN's reality series, Beg, Borrow & Deal. For ESPN Radio, Richard Eisen served as host of Major League Baseball and as a guest host on The Tony Kornheiser Show and The Dan Patrick Show. Outside of the world of sports, Richard Eisen hosted the ABC show Domino Day.

Among Richard Eisen's notable achievements while at ESPN, was breaking the news of St. Louis slugger Mark McGwire's retirement from baseball in 2001 on SportsCenter. Days later, Richard Eisen sat down with McGwire for an exclusive interview elaborating on the decision.

NFL Network (2003–present)

Rich Richard Eisen was the first on-air talent added to the NFL Network roster in June 2003. Richard Eisen is the face of the 24-hour, seven-day-a-week cable and satellite channel dedicated to football that debuted in November 2003. Currently, Richard Eisen serves as the main host of the show, NFL Total Access, the network flagship program which also aired on Saturdays on My Network TV in 2007-2008.

Richard Eisen signed a new long-term deal with NFL Network in 2010 and became the new host of NFL GameDay Morning, the first pregame show on the NFL Network. Richard Eisen also remains host of NFL Total Access and NFL GameDay Highlights, as well as NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football pregame, halftime and postgame shows and special on-location coverage from league events such as Kickoff, Pro Football Hall of Fame, NFL Scouting Combine, NFL Draft and Super Bowl.

Richard Eisen expanded his resume in 2010 with the debut of ‘The Rich Richard Eisen Podcast,’ the first-ever podcast for The weekly podcast, available on and iTunes, features guests from the world of sports and entertainment news talking football and all the latest headlines.

CBS Sports

Richard Eisen worked as a play-by-play announcer for CBS Sports coverage of the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, in addition to serving as the janitor for the network's weeknight (and late-night) highlights show during the tournament.
Other projects

Richard Eisen is the host of the TNT original reality series, The Great Escape, which debuted on June 24, 2012.[2]

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