Carter Blackburn Biography
Carter Blackburn is an American sportscaster who currently works for CBS Sports after leaving ESPN in 2014. He made his national broadcast television debut on CBS Sports with a Big Ten women’s basketball game between Penn State and Michigan State in January, 2008.
Blackburn later called two 2008 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament games, working afternoon session games at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. He reprised that role in 2009.
By age thirty-one, he had called the NFL on Fox, the NCAA Basketball Tournament on CBS, and college football on ABC.
Carter Blackburn Education
He began his broadcasting career at KERV/KRVL radio during his sophomore year at Tivy High School. By his junior year in high school, Blackburn was sports director for the radio station, doing morning drive-time reports on area high school sports and Texas college and pro teams as well as providing play-by-play for radio and TV for football, softball, basketball, and baseball.
Blackburn then graduated from Syracuse University in 2001 with a degree in broadcast journalism (S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications) and political science.Carter Blackburn Photo
Carter Blackburn Career
From 2001 to 2003, Blackburn worked for International Sports Properties (ISP) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Fox Sports Net South; among his assignments were games in what became the NBA Development League. He joined CBS College Sports (then known as CSTV) in 2003 when the channel launched.
In September 2009, Blackburn began broadcasting for ESPN and ESPNU. He provides play-by-play for TV broadcasts of NCAA football, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s basketball, and lacrosse.
In 2011, he broadcast the 2008 Reebok Grand Prix where Usain Bolt set a new world record in the 100 meters with a time of 9.71. In the same year, he provided play-by-play for the World Series of Softball tournament in Oklahoma City, OK. In 2012, Blackburn replaced Joe Tessitore for the Friday Night Football package for ESPN and ESPN2.
According to an article in the Long Beach Press-Telegram, Carter Blackburn is the second-youngest announcer of an NCAA Tournament game, at least in CBS’s run as the telecaster. Jim Nantz was the only one younger (26 years old in 1985).
Blackburn also called Little League Baseball games for ESPN.
In August 2014, he was named by CBS as its lead play-by-play announcer for its sports network. He will call college basketball, football, and baseball games.
On December 27, 2014, Blackburn filled in for Verne Lundquist during the 2014 Sun Bowl. He was a part of the CBS Sports team doing feature group coverage for the 2015 Masters Golf Tournament.
Blackburn also calls NFL games for CBS on occasion, partnering with Chris Simms for 2015 and 2016.
Carter Blackburn called then-Penn State coach Joe Paterno’s record setting 409th win for ABC, Paterno’s last game as coach of the Nittany Lions.
Carter Blackburn Age
Blackburn was born on March 30, 1979 in Dallas, Texas, and grew up in Kerrville, in the Texas Hill Country near San Antonio. He is
Carter Blackburn Wife
Blackburn is a married man ad he lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, the former Karen Hubbert, who is a 2004 graduate of Texas Tech University.
Carter Blackburn Salary
Being one of the most popular CBS reporters, Blackburn earns a decent amount of salary from the network. However, the amount of salary he receives and his net worth are not yet disclosed.