Scott Van Pelt Announces He’s Pausing On-Air ESPN Duties After Positive COVID-19 Test

by Joe Rutland

Veteran ESPN sportscaster Scott Van Pelt, who heads up “SportsCenter,” is taking time away after testing positive for COVID-19.

On Thursday afternoon, Van Pelt informed the public about his health situation through Twitter.

Van Pelt has hosted the midnight Eastern time edition of “SportsCenter” since 2015. He followed the footsteps of ESPN sportscasting legends like Dan Patrick, Keith Olbermann, Robin Roberts, Linda Cohn, Stuart Scott, Charley Steiner, and many others.

In August 2020, he moved his “SportsCenter” show to the Washington, D.C., area where he could be nearer his family. ESPN’s headquarters are located in Bristol, Conn.

His style, though, has been different with a mixture of pop culture references and serious interviews with newsmakers of the day.

Besides his TV work, Van Pelt also hosted an ESPN radio show from 2009-15. The show, which added Ryan Russillo as a co-host, also was simulcast on ESPN2 for a period of time. Van Pelt ended the radio show ahead of moving over into his “SportsCenter” duties.

Van Pelt later shared an update on the family dog, one which wasn’t too pleasant for him to do.

Scott Van Pelt Started Career On The Golf Channel

Van Pelt first gained national recognition from his work on The Golf Channel. He was an anchor and reporter from 1994-2000, covering all of golf’s major events for it.

Van Pelt began his sports broadcasting career at WTTG-TV (FOX) in Washington, D.C., in 1990.  He worked in WTTG sports studio production department contributing content for the station’s The 10:00 News, Sunday Night’s Sports Extra and specials on the Washington Redskins.

A native of Brookeville, Md., Van Pelt graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in radio/television and film. He is proud of his Maryland Terrapins sports teams and often attends games as a spectator when his schedule permits.

On “SportsCenter,” Van Pelt shares with his audience what he calls “1 Big Thing” from the day in sports. Sometimes, it is a part of his own life that he shares with them. That was the case in this 2019 moment where Van Pelt recalls his father’s death, which at the time was 31 years ago.