Who is Jenny Taft (Undisputed)? Wiki Bio
Jenny Taft was born in Edina, Minnesota USA, on 5 September 1987 – her zodiac sign is Virgo and she holds American nationality. She is a sports TV personality, best known for being a moderator of the “Skip and Shannon: Undisputed” sports talk show.
Early life and education
Jenny was raised in Edina by her mother Mary who was a speed skater during her teenage years, and her father John Taft who is a former professional ice hockey defenseman – he is mostly known for competing in the 1976 Winter Olympics as a member of the US men’s national ice hockey team.
Jenny studied at Edina High School before enrolling at Boston University, from which she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism in 2010 – while at the university, she played lacrosse, hockey and tennis, and took dancing classes. Jenny was an avid lacrosse player – the NSLA Player of the Year in 2005 while playing for her high school’s team, while she played for Boston University’s Terriers, counting 15 goals and five assists.
Career as a reporter
Jenny launched her career in 2011 when she joined the Fox Sports network, and was the Minnesota Lynx’s sideline reporter for Fox Sports North – the team is a women’s basketball team competing in the Women National Basketball Association (WNBA).
At the same time, Jenny was also covering several other sports teams from Minnesota such as the Timberwolves basketball, Wild hockey, and Twins baseball teams. Two years after joining Fox Sports North, she was promoted to work for Fox Sports 1, starting as a track reporter for a Supercross event. She started covering college football in 2014, and was in 2015 given the chance to cover the US women’s national soccer team when they competed at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. She became the lead college football sideline reporter in 2017, and worked with the popular analyst Joel Klatt as well as with the commentator Gus Johnson – in the same year, she began covering teams competing in the National Football League (NFL) and Major League Baseball (MLB) as well.
In 2018, Jenny began appearing on multiple Fox Sports 1 programs, and could have been seen hosting the shows whenever Fox required someone to fill in – in the summer of 2018, it was announced she would become the new moderator of the “Skip and Shannon: Undisputed” sports talk show after Joy Taylor, radio personality and TV host, decided to leave the show. She started working alongside the show’s hosts Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless, then started hosting her own weekly football show “CFB: Inside Slant” on 5 September 2018.
Love life and husband
Jenny and Matt Gilroy, a professional hockey player, met in 2006 while they were both studying at Boston University – they started out as friends and began dating due to their mutual love for ice hockey. They were together for 10 years before marrying in June 2016, in a ceremony attended by around 100 people who were the two’s closest friends and family. Jenny and Matt are currently living in Los Angeles, California, but as Matt is currently playing for the SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers hockey team in Switzerland, he is spending a lot of time in Europe.
Congratulations to Jenny Taft '10 who looked stunning at her wedding last night to Terrier Hockey alum Matt Gilroy '09! ❤️? Photo credit to Caitlin Sullivan '10
Likes and other interests
Jenny’s main passion is sports and although she is not as sporting as she was in the past, she still occasionally goes ice skating and plays lacrosse with her friends – and in her spare time enjoys watching tennis and football matches together with her friends and colleagues. She likes travelling, and goes to Switzerland with her husband whenever she has free time – her dream travel destination is Rome in Italy, which she has been to several times.
Jenny is a big lover of animals and urges people to adopt abandoned animals from shelters rather than to buy pure breed dogs – she is also an advocate for saving endangered species as well as building new habitats for those becoming endangered. She had two pet dogs while growing-up, and believes this affected her childhood in a positive way. Jenny enjoys watching movies in her free time, with her favorites being “Once Upon a Time in America” and “One Day”. She likes listening to jazz music, and is keen on reading books.
Appearance and net worth
Jenny is 32 years old. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, is 5ft 9ins (1.75m) tall, weighs around 136lbs (62kgs). and her vital statistics are 35-27-35.
— Jenny Taft (@JennyTaft) November 11, 2019
She wears shoes size seven. Her net worth is over $2 million, while Matt’s net worth is over $1 million.
Who is Matt Gilroy, Jenny’s husband?
Matthew J. Gilroy was born in North Bellmore, New York State US, on 20 July 1984 – his sun sign is Cancer and he holds American nationality. Matthew is a professional ice hockey defenseman. Matt and his seven siblings were raised in North Bellmore by their parents Frank and Peggy Ann – Frank was inducted into the St. John’s Basketball Hall of Fame, and played professionally for the Philadelphia 76ers.
Matt’s brother Timmy died in a bicycle accident when he was eight years old. Matt attended St. Mary’s High School in Manhasset, where he played hockey for the school team as well as playing lacrosse. Matt launched his hockey career in 1998 with the New Jersey Devils (high school team) and competed with them in the Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. He went on to play junior ice hockey in the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL). and then played for Boston University’s Terriers.
After graduation, he signed a two-year contract with the New York Rangers worth $3.5 million, and in 2011 a one-year contract with the Tamp Bay Lightning – he began playing for the Connecticut Whalers in 2012 and in 2013 returned to New York Rangers.
On 25 June 2014, Matt decided to play in Europe, and signed a one-year contract with Atlant Moscow Oblast Russian hockey team –then played for Spartak Moscow. On 15 May 2018 he moved to the SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers on a one-year contract.