Lesley Visser, the most highly acclaimed female sportscaster of all-time will be the main speaker at the 47th Annual Red Smith Sports Award Banquet, according to Banquet Chairman, Mike Reese. Visser currently works for CBS Sports as a reporter on THE NFL TODAY; she also contributes to the network’s coverage of the NFL Playoffs and the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship and Final Four. Her long and prestigious trailblazing career has seen her as the first and only women to be recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame as the 2006 recipient of the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award, which recognizes “long-time exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football.”
In 2004 Visser became the first woman sportscaster to carry the Olympic Torch when she was honored by the International Olympic Committee being hailed as a “pioneer and standard-bearer” by the IOC. In 2009 she was voted the No. 1 female sportscaster of all time by the American Sportscasters Association. Visser is the only sportscaster in history who has worked on the network broadcasts of the Final Four, Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals, Triple Crown, Olympics, U.S. Open and World Figure Skating Championship.Visser began her career in sports journalism in 1974 as a member of the Boston Globe sports staff. Two years later she was assigned to cover the New England Patriots, becoming the first ever female NFL beat writer. While at the Boston Globe she covered the NCAA Final Four, Super Bowl, NBA Finals, World Series, Wimbledon, the Olympics and college football.