Hi there! Thank you for taking the time to visit my professional website. I’m Stormy! Yes, that is my real name. Sadly, I hate storms. As you can see already, this page will be slightly less formal, but I wanted to share a bit more about what I do and my personality.
While my career so far has taken me all over the country, it also brought me back home. I was born and raised in Las Vegas and the opportunity to live out my professional dreams in the same city that built me is something I’ll cherish forever.
I currently work as lead host for “My Guys in the Desert,” a national sports betting program Monday through Friday on VSIN. Watching games with my dad from the time I was a little kid, it never seemed to matter who won games but by how many points so getting in to the space professionally felt like a no-brainer.
Fun fact: My Guys was originally created by legendary broadcaster Brent Musburger who remains a staple of the program! It still feels surreal to think the man who’s voice is attached to so many of my favorite sports moments over the years, will join me on the show every week to talk ball. Somebody pinch me.
In addition to my role with VSIN, I am also a college football sideline reporter on ESPN. Fridays after the show in-season I can usually be found at McCarran Airport heading out to my next assignment!
While VSIN & ESPN are why I’ve remained in Vegas, it was the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights who took a shot on the home town girl in 2019 that brought me back.
During my time as the Knights Rinkside Reporter on AT&T SportsNet, I had the chance to cover back-to-back Western Conference Final runs, launch a podcast highlighting game-changing women in the sport, and become the lone NHL TV talent in the 2020-21 season to be an embedded traveling reporter in a team’s modified bubble.
I guess I can start to wrap up “my work journey” haha. Before the VGK, I was on the opposite coast working in-house as a Reporter and In-Stadium Emcee for the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte. The Queen City is also where I got my start with the ESPN/SEC Network family and Raycom Sports. My journalistic career did, however, begin out West--The Mountain West to be exact, where I was trained as a “one-man-band” (one-lady-band?) multimedia journalist, covering all 18 of the league's men's and women's sports.
My passion for sports can be traced to my upbringing. My dad was on the 40-man roster for the St. Louis Cardinals back in the day and my mom was an elite gymnast turned coach here in Henderson. I was raised playing and watching every sport in the book, from basketball to bowling. (Side note: I’m not as skilled on the lanes as I once was, but I did roll my first 200 as a 9-year-old.) Even in elementary school on the playground, I was the frequent pick for “all-time QB” at recess because I had such a good spiral.
While I may not be the star athlete of my parents’ dreams, I have the pleasure of talking about the sports we all love for a living.
What has always been fascinating to me about athletics is the unparalleled way that sports can bring people together. The most unlikely of bonds can be formed through playing on the same youth sports team, being an alumni of the same or rivaled program or even seeing someone in the airport wearing your favorite NFL player’s jersey.
Whether people are talking trash in opposition, cheering together in friendship or simply asking the rules of the game, watching a sporting event is a unifying experience.
To take it a step further, I think sports stories are some of the most engaging and powerful stories to be told. For example, my former boss did a report on a double-amputee who went from his high school football team’s waterboy, to playing in a game as a linebacker. He played linebacker with literally NO LEGS. How could you not be in awe of a person with that kind of determination?!
I met a swimmer at San Diego State who found out she had a brain tumor, and was told she may not be able to think normally again, let alone swim. Not only did she fully recover and go on to set program and facility records at SDSU, but her goal of getting back in the pool is what pushed her to defy the odds.
I feel such a privilege that my job is to help share those stories. I love what I do. I truly can’t stress that enough.
I've also been more fortunate than most to learn from and work for some truly incredible people. I'm a firm believer in the phrase "the harder I work, the luckier I get" and I've seen that exhibited most through the people I've had the opportunity to be mentored by.
When I am not watching games for leisure or working, I am admittedly pretty boring. I really enjoy napping when I can, eating a nice burrito bowl from Chipotle, binge-watching what others term "trash TV" shows, playing putt putt and heavily complaining about exercise.