Samantha Ponder

Character Biography

Samantha Ponder is a contributor on College GameDay since 2012, and also the Friday host for ESPN’s College Football Live telecast from the site of GameDay. Previously, she served as a reporter on ESPN College Football Primetime (Thursday) with Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, and David Pollack. She joined ESPN and the Longhorn Network in 2011 as a reporter working events, studio shows and feature stories out of the LHN studios in Austin, Texas. She previously served as a reporter for ESPN’s Tuesday and Saturday primetime college basketball games. Ponder was previously a host and reporter for Fox Sports, contributing to both Fox Sports Net and Fox College’s coverage of college basketball and football in the Pac 10 and Big 12 conferences. In her role with Fox, Ponder worked as a studio host and a sideline reporter in both college football and basketball. As a host, she led the pregame, halftime, and postgame studio shows for various events, including the Pac 10 Basketball Tournament and “Paradise Jam,” a preseason tournament in the U.S. Virgin Islands featuring teams from the ACC, Big East, and other various conferences.