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Lesley Visser        

First Female NFL Analyst to Appear on TV

Lesley Candace Visser is an American sportscaster, television and radio personality, and sportswriter. Visser is the first female NFL analyst on TV, and the only sportscaster in history (male or female) who has worked the Final Four, NBA Finals, World Series, Triple Crown, Monday Night Football, the Olympics, the Super Bowl, the World Figure Skating Championships and the U.S. Open network broadcasts. Visser, who was voted the No. 1 Female Sportscaster of all-time in a poll taken by the American Sportscasters Association, was also elected to the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association's Hall of Fame in 2015.

Visser recently became the first female to be an analyst for an NFL game on TV. She is currently a reporter for CBS Sports and News, writes for CBSSports.com and is also part of WFTL 640 Fox Sports' morning drive in South Florida, as well as one of the hosts of a CBS Sports Network weekly television show, We Need to Talk.

Visser was the first woman 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. Pro Football Hall of Famer Troy Aikman said about Visser in his 2006 induction speech, "She brought respect and professionalism to the field of journalism for her work in print and broadcasting. It makes me proud to be in her company today."

A pioneer among woman sports journalists, Visser re-joined CBS Sports in August 2000 after a six-year hiatus. She was formerly the sideline reporter for Monday Night Football among other assignments she had at ESPN and ABC Sports, such as the World Series, the Triple Crown and the World Figure Skating Championship. She serves as correspondent for the network's NFL and college basketball programming.

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Lesley Visser: CBS Sports is 'taking a chance' with all-female sports show

In the 1990s in New York City, Lesley Visser, Billie Jean King, CBS Sports director Suzanne Smith and Mary Carillo would be at a party and the same refrain would inevitably come up: The four of them, they would say, should all have a television show together.

TV pioneer Lesley Visser combines grace, style and humor

Lesley Visser’s outgoing personality — punctuated by her distinctive and infectious roar of a laugh — was on display in early December as she hobnobbed with a who’s who of the Boston sports scene at the city’s annual Sports Hall of Fame event held on the TD Garden floor.

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