Taylor Rooks

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Emmy Award-nominated sports journalist Taylor Rooks is an acclaimed interviewer whose probing questions give rise to some of today’s most pressing discussions beyond the game. Rooks is the Host and Executive Producer of Take It There With Taylor Rooks, her interview show for Bleacher Report, among other duties for Turner Sports. Previously, she worked as a host, reporter, and correspondent for the Big Ten Network and as a sideline reporter for CBS Sports Network. Rooks is known for asking daring questions that lead to revelatory conversations with some of sports’ biggest stars. Praised in a profile by the New York Times: “Taylor Rooks gets the interviews that go viral.” She shares meaningful insights about succeeding in her industry by focusing on making connections and honoring the humanity of the players, as well as understanding the larger context behind the game. With her incomparable coverage of the NBA season during the pandemic, Rooks was tapped as featured writer for GQ’s “Men of the Year” issue. She offers unparalleled analysis based on her expertise in media as a keynote speaker, host, or interviewer to amplify meaningful events for audiences.

 

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Taylor Rooks: Emcee, Interviewer, and Host for Your Next Event

Emmy Award-nominated sports journalist Taylor Rooks is an acclaimed interviewer whose probing questions give rise to some of today’s most pressing discussions beyond the game. Praised in a profile by the New York Times: “Taylor Rooks gets the interviews that go viral,” Rooks leverages her expertise ...

Emmy Award-nominated sports journalist Taylor Rooks is an acclaimed interviewer whose probing questions give rise to some of today’s most pressing discussions beyond the game. Praised in a profile by the New York Times: “Taylor Rooks gets the interviews that go viral,” Rooks leverages her expertise in asking candid questions that lead to revelatory conversations as an emcee, interviewer, or host for your next event.

Sports Journalism: Getting to the Heart of It

Emmy Award-nominated sports journalist Taylor Rooks is the Host and Executive Producer of Take It There With Taylor Rooks, her interview show for Bleacher Report, and a rising star in sports media. Known for probing questions give rise to some of today’s most pressing discussions beyond the game, Ro ...

Emmy Award-nominated sports journalist Taylor Rooks is the Host and Executive Producer of Take It There With Taylor Rooks, her interview show for Bleacher Report, and a rising star in sports media. Known for probing questions give rise to some of today’s most pressing discussions beyond the game, Rooks shares anecdotes from broadcasting through historic NBA seasons and her perspective about how to ask the necessary questions that makes her one of the best interviewers in sports media, offering powerful takeaways for every audience.

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Taylor Rooks is an acclaimed sports journalist and interviewer whose probing questions give rise to some of today's most pressing discussions beyond the game.  She hosts the "Take It There With Taylor Rooks" interview show for Bleacher Report, among other duties for Turner Sports. 

A New York Times profile of Taylor praised her for conducting some of the N.B.A.'s most impactful interviews during her two months living inside the NBA bubble during the COVID season.  She is able to read the moment and the player to get at the emotions behind the game. "Taylor Rooks gets the interviews that go viral," praises the New York Times.

Previously, she worked as a host, reporter, and correspondent for the Big Ten Network and as a sideline reporter for CBS Sports Network. A native of Georgia, Taylor attended the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, where she majored in broadcast journalism and reported on football and basketball recruiting for scout.com. She made national news with her stories and knowledge of basketball—specifically in recruiting. Rooks broke multiple stories regarding Cliff Alexander, Jalen Brunson, Quentin Snider, Aaron Jordan, Charles Matthews, and Jayson Tatum.

Taylor comes from a family of athletes. Her father is former football player Thomas Rooks, while her uncle is legendary MLB Hall of Famer, Lou Brock. Taylor is also the niece of former Pittsburgh Steelers and New Orleans Saints NFL player, Marv Woodson.