The most exciting name in Buffalo sports does not belong to Mario Williams, EJ Manuel or Ryan Miller. Since the summer of 2012, Lauren Brill has been keeping Western New York sports fans glued to their televisions. With a love of sport that shines through, she may be the remedy to appease Bills fans suffering through another disappointing season or Sabres through another rebuilding.
Having joined WIVB/WNLO-TV (a CBS affiliate) in August 2012, she has garnered national attention as one of the most popular female sports broadcasters. Pulling double duty as a sports anchor and reporter for the channel, she can also be seen nationally on Top Rank Boxing and ESPNw.
In a career that has spanned eight years, Brill has paid her dues. Prior to relocating to Buffalo, her humble beginnings included internships with CBS and NBC Sports. She would also work for the NBA as a Broadcast Assistant and Feature Writer. Of note, one of her most popular contributions for the NBA website included co-authoring the 57 Greatest NBA All-Star Game Moments.
Her big break would come in 2009, when she became co-host of The Mike Sherman Show. Although she was with the program for less than one year, she had the opportunity to interview reggae dancegroup T.O.K. at the MTV Video Music Awards. In addition, she would be part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, speaking to rap superstar Nelly.
Brill would return to the sports world with reporting duties on MSG Varsity. During a memorable run, she would continue to establish herself as a rising star in sports, including four New York Emmy Award nominations. Stories such as North Rockland’s Water Boy would be one of her great pieces that was nominated.
Considering that prominent NFL reporters such as Vic Carucci and Pam Oliver once honed their craft in Buffalo, the city has proven to be a great proving ground. There is no question that the Buffalo sports scene is spoiled by Brill’s presence.
For those who believe there is a Buffalo sports curse, Brill’s presence certainly helps to create a positive vibe. While the city looks for new sporting legends to replace those of Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, Dominik Hasek and Pat LaFontaine, the fiercely loyal Buffalo sports fans have adopted her as one of their own. Although she may be destined for an even more prominent sports role, there is no question that she is building a legion of loyal fans in the Queen City.