Michelle Marie is a television personality, host and producer who has covered entertainment and sports for nearly a decade. From anchoring studio shows in front of a live audience, to hosting official, live red carpet pre-shows, to in-depth features with top-tier talent – you name it, she does it. Michelle’s versatility and experience in multiple formats has led her to on-air talent roles for some of the most prominent Television & Digital platforms in the world – ESPN, E!, ABC, Comedy Central, Yahoo!, Billboard and Rolling Stone, to name a few. Currently, Michelle is a recurring fill-in host on ESPN’s talk-variety show, ‘SportsNation,’ where she discusses sports and pop culture with a social media twist, moderates panel discussions and interviews celebrity/athlete guests, all taped before a live, studio audience.
Michelle has a distinct passion for pop culture, music and sports, and has sat down with countless celebrities and athletes throughout her career. With thousands of interviews to her credit, Michelle developed a strong rapport with talent and their teams through her candid and conversational interview style. Her unique ability to tell unguarded, authentic stories and genuine personality became the winning combination that landed Michelle with an interview series at the Worldwide Leader in Sports.
In December 2013, Michelle joined ESPN as host of the “Guinness Suite,” a weekly SportsCenter interview series with athletes and celebrities. The network built an all-new studio at ESPN Los Angeles, where Michelle sat down with guests to discuss sports and pop culture/lifestyle topics. The series also focused on inspirational stories, profiling talent who faced adversity and overcame obstacles through perseverance and strength. Along with other ESPN broadcasters, Michelle was a co-host of The 2014 ESPYs Countdown Show – a two-hour red carpet pre-show leading into the awards show, airing live on ESPN. Co-hosting with NBA star, Nick “Swaggy P” Young of the LA Lakers, they interviewed celebrities and athletes, handed out ESPYs hardware, and provided fashion commentary as guests stopped by the ‘Quicksilver 360 Fashion Stage.’
In January 2015, Michelle made a cameo appearance as a sports broadcaster on Key and Peele’s East/West Bowl – Pro Edition comedy sketch, co-anchoring alongside NFL Network’s Eric Davis. The iconic sketch aired the Friday night before Super Bowl weekend on Comedy Central’s ‘Key and Peele Super Bowl Special,’ generating national buzz with 5-million viral views, days before it’s TV debut.
Michelle has been an awards season staple for years, as host of official, live red carpet and backstage live stream shows. Along with The ESPYs, she hosted the pre-shows for the Billboard Music Awards and American Music Awards, and was the anchor of AP Live – ‘The Associated Press’ Live Red Carpet Pre-Show.’ With prime location at the Academy Awards and Grammy Awards in 2013 and 2014, Michelle’s live red carpet coverage for AP was seen by millions across the world. As a veteran entertainment news anchor and producer, Michelle has covered nearly every major red carpet and event across the country. She was a recurring anchor for E! News‘ daily digital news breaks, “E! News Now” from 2011-2013, and was the in-studio anchor and correspondent for “The Daily Buzz” – a live, entertainment news talk show for Buzzmedia. She also guest co-hosted the Maury Show in 2013 and was a panel contributor on ‘The Yo! Show’ on Yahoo!.
Michelle’s expertise in music led her to host for two of the most respected music publications in the industry – Billboard and Rolling Stone. Her relationship with Billboard began in 2013, as she was tapped as the official pre-show host for The Billboard Music Awards. As the first stop for all the stars, Michelle held it down as the only host during the entire two-hour blue carpet live stream, where she interviewed the biggest chart-toppers in the industry. Directly following the blue carpet, Michelle joined Billboard’s editorial director Bill Werde to co-host The Billboard Music Awards Backstage Live Stream. Throughout the three-hour ABC broadcast, Michelle and Bill discussed all things music, interviewed performers and nominees as they stepped off stage, and engaged millions of fans through real-time social media interaction. Kicking off 2015, Michelle was the host of ‘Rolling Stone Live at Sundance’ and Rolling Stone’s Grammys event. A year prior, Michelle was the host of the ‘Billboard Grammy Afterparty’ and ‘Billboard-Sonos Concert Series at Sundance’.
In 2011, Michelle was ABC’s official digital host for the iconic show, ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest’ – she interviewed performers backstage and rang in the New Year with the likes of Drake, Avril Lavigne, Jason Derulo and Neyo. A few months prior, Michelle co-hosted the ‘American Music Awards Live Red Carpet Pre-Show’ hosting the arrivals stage and representing VEVO as a Music Expert in partnership with Dick Clark Productions. She also served as the official AMA’s backstage correspondent and sat down to chat with the winners, presenters and performers. Michelle was the first on-air talent for VEVO NEWS, covering several awards shows as their red carpet correspondent for the CMAs in Nashville, People’s Choice Awards, and the AMAs carpet and official VEVO after party.
Throughout the years, Michelle has interviewed numerous music icons like Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, Neyo, Clive Davis, Nas, Brad Paisley, Snoop Dogg and A-List actors like George Clooney, Sally Field, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway, Catherine-Zeta Jones, Bryan Cranston, Jon Hamm, Neil Patrick-Harris, among others. Michelle has also interviewed an impressive list of athletes including LeBron James, Aaron Rogers, Peyton Manning, Colin Kapernick, Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin, Michael Phelps, Josh Hamilton, Matt Kemp, Serena Williams, Joe Montana, Shaun White, Joey Votto, and more.
From 2011-2013, Michelle was a recurring guest host “Yahoo Sports Minute” – the #1 online sports show on Yahoo!. In 2011, Michelle made headlines as a special correspondent for Yahoo! Sports, where she secured an exclusive interview with Carmelo Anthony moments before his trade to the NY Knicks. She was also a special correspondent for Y!’s event coverage at Super Bowl XLV in Dallas. From 2008-2010, Michelle started working with Yahoo! Sports as the main host and producer for their lifestyle channel (Young Hollywood). She secured several of one-on-one interviews with athletes, profiling their life on and off-the-field. She was also fixture covering sporting events and interviewing athletes during NBA All-Star Weekend, Super Bowl, The Rose Bowl, ESPYs, X-Games, Celebrity Golf Tournaments, Charity Basketball Games, Commercial Set Visits, Video Game Launches, etc. Each week, Michelle worked closely with Yahoo! Sports executive producer to generate buzz-worthy sports and lifestyle content. Her interviews were regularly featured on the Yahoo! Sports home page.
Michelle was also tapped as the live emcee and backstage/red carpet host for LeBron James’ animated series, ‘The LeBrons.’ During All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles in 2011, Michelle was Nike’s live host for “Los Fearless Tournament” and “Fight Night at the Montalban.” She has also been a correspondent for Xbox and VIBE, where she covers sports lifestyle and celebrity-driven events. Tapping into the branded content space, Michelle covered MLB Spring Training Camp in 2012 for Franklin Sports, where she created, hosted and produced a web-series special, interviewing the top players in the majors.
Highly skilled behind the scenes, Michelle has produced and talent produced thousands of interviews, resulting in billions of impressions. Over the years she’s gained notoriety as a force in front and behind the camera with talent publicists and management teams in entertainment and sports – producing content from soup to nuts. She has cultivated strong relationships with music, entertainment and sports publicity teams, brand marketing execs, and event publicity firms. Combining these skills and connections, Michelle started her own production company in 2011 – Michelle Marie Productions. MMP creates and produces branded content for major advertisers as well as TV and Digital series.
From 2007-2010, Michelle was a full-time Host and Producer for Young Hollywood. Working for the company during their start-up phase, Michelle became an integral part of the brand’s development and growth as she helped launch and shape their video direction, long before the influx of digital video outlets and websites. Michelle wore multiple hats at YH, and created each of her segments from booking to post-production. She was their leading on-camera talent and supervising producer. Michelle was responsible for managing industry relationships, assigning shoots, booking talent, and creating her weekly video segments with editors in post-production. She was also a key contributor to executing their marketing and branded content plans, and worked closely with media partners each week to distribute content. In addition, Michelle developed and produced long-form shows, ‘Beyond the Athlete’ and ‘Backstage Pass’ for Young Hollywood’s channel on Hulu.
Michelle gained an invaluable experience while at YH and conducted hundreds of sit-down, profile interviews with celebrities, musicians and athletes. She always had a unique eye for talent on the rise and her talent producer role allowed her to secure some of the biggest “breakout” interviews for Young Hollywood. As a result, she was the first to sit down with Lady Gaga and Cory Monteith (Glee) and continued to profile both talents, as they invited her back for many interviews along their rise to fame. In addition to these two, she profiled some of the biggest stars today, and got to know them during the early days of the career – Taylor Swift, Jason Derulo, Justin Bieber, Neyo, Tyga, Far East Movement, among others. Her interviews were regularly featured on Yahoo!, People, and TV Guide. A few of Michelle’s exclusive interviews for YH were featured on television shows including: Entertainment Tonight, Extra, The Daily 10, Chelsea Lately, E! News, and ET Canada.
Prior to Young Hollywood, Michelle was the host of “Street Tuner Challenge” on FOX’s SPEED Channel. She also traveled across the nation as a live host and spokesperson, representing major corporations in the automotive, electronics, gaming and music industries.
Michelle holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, studied Broadcast Journalism at UCLA, and is a Southern California native. She trained in piano and violin at a young age, and developed a strong affinity for music and performance. For 15 years, Michelle excelled in dance, with an emphasis in Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Ballet. She appeared in numerous music videos and live stages as a former professional dancer. As Michelle transitioned into TV broadcasting, her passion for being in front of a live audience grew stronger through the years.
With Spanish, Filipino, Italian and Hawaiian roots, Michelle’s unique and exotic look has always turned heads, and sparked curiosity. Along with her diverse appeal, Michelle’s ambition and strong work ethic sets her apart from the rest.
Michelle Marie currently resides in Los Angeles.