Who is Olivia Dekker?

Olivia Dekker is an American television personality as well as a former model, who is probably most popular for being one of the ESPN’s young stars, serving as its college American Football sideline reporter. She is also widely recognized as the spouse of an American professional basketball player, a member of the PBC Lokomotiv Kuban basketball team, Sam Dekker, as well as the daughter of television and radio sports announcer Kevin Harlan.

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Bio, Family and Education

Olivia Harlan was born under the zodiac sign of Aries on the 8th April 1993, in Kansas City, Missouri, one of four children of Ann and Kevin Harlan. She is of American nationality and white ethnicity and has two sisters, named Haley and Abigail, and a brother named Bryan.

At the age of 17, young Olivia was honored with the flattering title of the Miss Kansas Teen USA 2010 and then went on to participate at the Miss Teen USA 2010 beauty pageant. She attended the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, from which she graduated with honors in 2014, earning her Bachelor’s degree in digital and broadcasting journalism. Olivia is the granddaughter of Robert E. ‘Bob’ Harlan, born on the 9th September 1936 in Des Moines, Iowa, who was the Sports Information Director of Marquette University, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from which he also graduated.

However, he made a name for himself as the Chief Executive Officer and the Chairman of the Board of the National Football League’s (NFL’s) Green Bay Packers. During his tenure, the Packers won the 1996 Super Bowl XXXI Championship. He is also the founder of The Madeline and Robert Harlan Humanitarian Fund, and is an inductee into both the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame.

Olivia’s father, Kevin Harlan, was born on the 21st June 1960 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is best known as the CBS’s broadcaster of college basketball and NFL games, as well as the play-by-play announcer for the NBA’s official “NBA on TNT” broadcast.

He came into the limelight for hosting the Final Four coverage at Westwood One Radio, and serving as the lead announcer of its “Monday Night Football” broadcast, making history on the US’s radio network for covering nine consecutive Super Bowls. Kevin is popular for ‘injecting humor into situations during games whenever he can’, and for his work was honored with the National Sportscaster of the Year accolade in 2017.

Early Career

Olivia Dekker began her broadcasting career during her studies when she began covering the university’s Georgia Bulldogs American Football team and hosting a Saturday morning broadcast named “Game Day”, reporting directly from the Sanford Stadium.

Additionally, she launched and hosted the weekly college broadcast report “Dawg Sitting”, during which she interviewed a vast number of players.

Career

Olivia Dekker’s professional career began right upon her graduation, when she was appointed as the Fox Sports South reporter covering the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and the Southeastern Conference (SEC) college football games, as well as the National Basketball Association (NBA) Atlanta Hawks’ games, serving as a sideline reporter. Prior to joining ESPN in 2015, Olivia also served as a reporter for the Raycom Media, Inc. broadcasting company, hosted the Green Bay Packers’ daily web series, aired from their training camp, and appeared as the franchise’s sideline reporter for the Packers TV Network.

Olivia Dekker

With ESPN, Dekker began serving as its college football games reporter, having honed her professional skills, and is currently serving alongside Kelly Stouffer and Jason Benetti as a co-host of the network’s live game presentation broadcast named “ESPN College Football Friday Primetime” which airs on the ESPN2 channel.

Alongside her father Kevin Harlan, Olivia made history as the first ever father-daughter duo covering the NFL game for Westwood One, when the Green Bay Packers faced the San Francisco 49ers in October 2018. Apart from the abovementioned, in 2019 Dekker also served CBS Sports, covering the mixed-gender professional tennis league World TeamTennis.

Personal Life

The 26-years-old American television personality stands 5ft 8ins (1.73m) tall, and sports long blonde hair and dark brown eyes. She also runs her own fashion and lifestyle blog called OliviaDekkerStyle.

Olivia and Sam Dekker first met in Houston, Texas, in 2016 and shortly after began dating. In May 2017 he popped the question and after being engaged for 13 months, the two exchanged their marriage vows on the 15th July 2018 at a ‘fairytale-like’ themed wedding ceremony held at the Horseshoe Bay Golf Club in Door County, Wisconsin.

Our first Christmas as the Dekker’s. I’m very blessed! Everyday Olivia shows me that she’s the best person I’ve ever met. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas.

Posted by Sam Dekker on Monday, December 24, 2018

As an alternate to their wedding gifts, the couple asked their guests to donate funds to the Children’s Cancer Family Foundation, raising a total of more than $65,000. This selfless gesture of generosity earned them The Sheboygan Press’ 2018 People of the Year accolade.

Olivia’s husband Sam Dekker

Samuel Thomas ‘Sam’ Dekker was born on the 6th May 1994 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, where he attended Sheboygan Lutheran High School. During his high school basketball career, he was honored with accolades such as the 2012 Parade All-American as well as the Wisconsin Gatorade Player of the Year. Under his leadership, his team earned its first ever Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association’s title.

Additionally, as a member of the Under-18 US National basketball team, Dekker won the gold medal at the 2012 FIBA Americas Championship in Brazil. Sam later enrolled at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he joined its Wisconsin Badgers basketball team. In the course of the next four years, he led his teammates to two consecutive NCAA Final Four match-ups, and was named the West Regional Most Outstanding Player.

Dekker’s professional basketball career began in 2015, when he was selected as pick No. 18 in the NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets.

However, due to a back injury, he missed most of the pre-season games so in February 2016 he was shortly assigned to the franchise’s Development League team, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers before returning to the Rockets. In June 2017 Dekker was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers, while in August 2018 he signed with by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Prior to leaving the NBA in 2019, he was also a member of the Washington Wizards. Since August 2019, Sam Dekker holds the position of a Small Forward for the Russian VTB United League‘s team PBC Lokomotiv Kuban.

Net Worth & Salary

Authoritative sources have estimated that as of early 2020, size of Olivia Dekker’s net worth revolves around the sum of $2 million, with an annual salary figuring around $100,000. Her husband’s wealth is also estimated at well over $1 million.

Author

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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