- 1 Early life and family
- 2 Educational background
- 3 Career
- 4 Personal life, husband Kevin Barker
- 5 Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
- 6 Social media presence
- 7 Appearance, clothing style
- 8 Net worth and salary
Hazel Mae is a popular sports reporter who is currently working on Sportsnet, covering Toronto Blue Jays baseball games. She is a very experienced anchor, and had a chance to work for NESN, MLB Network and several popular sports shows and programs. Let’s find out more about her personal life, husband, son, net worth, etc.
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Early life and family
Hazel Mae was born under the sign of Aries on 7 April 1970, in Tagbilaran, Philippines, to the family of Filipino-Canadian descent, and holding Filipina nationality. Almost nothing is known about her family, as she never shared any information about her parents or siblings; she’s never posted their photos on her Instagram account. It is only known that Hazel spent her childhood in Toronto.
After matriculating her local high school in Toronto in 1988, she entered York University from which she graduated with a BA in broadcasting journalism. She also tried herself as a host at various shows on campus.
After her graduation, Hazel started working in the position of an anchor at Rogers Sportsnet in the morning edition of the “SportsnetNews” show, a good start for Hazel, as Rogers Sports is a well-known Canadian all-sports TV network which has a massive history and traditions. She was also busy as the host the weekly show JZone, covering everything related to the Toronto Blue Jays, as the JZone magazine was also owned by Rogers Sportsnet. In 2002 Hazel and two other sports hosts were invited to pose in lingerie for the Urban Male Magazine, and it was then that Hazel became interested in both clothes design and modelling.
In December 2004 Hazel moved to Boston to hold the position of the lead anchor for SportsDesk at NESN. Along with her activities as the lead anchor, she also hosted the Ultimate Red Sox Show, broadcast on NESN on weekly basis. In 2007 she also hosted “The Buzz” show, the Boston Bruins chart for the best players of the season. In June 2008 Hazel quit NESN – she was nominated for the position of the president of the community called “Red Sox Nation”. However, another NESN anchor, Jerry Remy, got the position, and Hazel didn’t hide her disappointment.
Working for MLB and getting back to Sportsnet
In August 2008 Hazel officially announced she was joining MLB Network (Major League Baseball) as a reporter. During her working on MLB she appeared in such programs and shows as “30 Clubs in 30 Days”, “MLB Tonight”, “Quick Pitch” and “Hot Stove”.
In 2011 MLB network launched a new program called “The Rundown”, which Hazel was appointed to host, along with her colleague Matt Yaloff, an experienced reporter and anchor, however, on 19 September 2011 Hazel announced that she was quitting to get back to SportsnetNews.
She joined the team of Sportsnet in the role of an anchor on 14 November 2011, broadcasting from Toronto Maple Leaf ice hockey games, also hosting the evening edition of the show “Sportsnet Connected”. Hazel worked as an anchor on the show until 1 July 2015 when it was replaced by her colleagues’ show “Tim&Sid”, hosted by Tim Micallef and Sid Seixeiro. Since then Hazel has been working as a reporter from Toronto Blue Jays matches.
Hazel Mae Design Inc.
Aside from her sports broadcasting activities, Hazel founded her fashion store and started designing and selling smart dresses she considered to be the go-to choice for a television personality, as she couldn’t find a dress for herself which would satisfy all her requirements, such as a nice color, a good fabric and a proper design to flatter her figure. So she decided to create her own line and even sent several dresses to her female colleagues for them to wear while reporting. It was a good promotion campaign for the clothes line, and Hazel’s brand soon became popular. One can find the whole collection of her apparel on the official website hazelmaedesign.com of her store.
Personal life, husband Kevin Barker
Hazel is married to former baseball player, Kevin Barker. They married on 7 January 2009 after dating for a couple of years.
Their family life was once interrupted with a controversy around Brian Burke, who was the Toronto Maple Leafs Former President. On 26 April 2013 he filed a lawsuit against around 20 people who posted the same claims on the official Toronto Maple Leafs website, which accused Brian Burke of an affair with the married woman Hazel Mae as the main reason for his quitting from his position of the President of the club. Burke denied all the accusations, while Hazel didn’t even understand why she had been pulled into such a controversy. Hazel and Kevin have a son, whose name is Chase; he turned seven in 2019.
Who is Kevin Barker?
Kevin Stewart Barker was born on 26 July 1975, in Washington County, Virginia US, from the small community of Mendota. While studying at JohnS. Battle High School, he started playing baseball and fell in love with the game. Later he transferred to Virginia High School, located in Bristol in 1993, and proceeded to play there. After his matriculation he entered Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and played baseball there as a member of the Virginia Tech Hokies. After his graduation he played baseball professionally for such teams as the Toronto Blue Jays, Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres and Milwaukee Brewers, getting into MLB (Major League Baseball).
As of 2019, he works as a baseball analyst and holds the position of the co-host of the talk show “Baseball Central” on Sportsnet, discussing and analyzing games with his colleague Jeff Blair. Apparently he didn’t have any serious relationships before Hazel; he wasn’t married before and doesn’t have any other kids but their son, Chase, with Hazel.
Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
Hazel is a big fan of travelling, and she likes having trips around the globe. She also likes reading and says that she uses any opportunity to spend a calm evening with a book in her hands, but it’s quite difficult as her son is very active and likes outdoor games, so she doesn’t enjoy her peaceful reading as much as she would like. Hazel likes drawing, and her drawing skills helped her a lot when she designed her collection of dresses along with other stylists.
Her favorite colors are bright yellow and navy blue.
Social media presence
Hazel is quite active on social media platforms, as they also help her to promote her apparel brand. Her Instagram account is followed by 5,000 subscribers; her Twitter is read by more than 45,000 people, and she’s tweeted over 7,200 times; she also had a Facebook page, but as she hasn’t been active there since 2010, her profile there is liked and followed by only 1,600 people.
— Hazel Mae (@thehazelmae) August 14, 2019
Appearance, clothing style
Hazel has naturally dark brown hair which she sometimes highlights – she wears bangs; she has brown eyes. Hazel is 5ft 4ins (1.62m) tall and weighs around 132lbs (60kgs); her vital statistics are not available at the moment. As to her clothing style, she mostly wears her own dresses, as she adores pencil dresses with plain and strict silhouette, but chooses bright colors such as yellow, blue, neon pink, etc. She likes wearing high heels.
Net worth and salary
According to authoritative sources, Hazel’s current net worth is estimated to be over $1 million, and her annual salary of a sports anchor and reporter is reportedly to be around $76,000. As she is working hard at Sportsnet as a sports anchor and the reporter of Toronto Blue Jays games, her net worth is going to grow in future, boosted by sales of her dresses.