Bryan Gumbel was born on 29 September 1948. He is an American sportscaster and television journalist. He is perhaps best known because of the 15 years he spent as the co-host for The Today Show, which is broadcast by NBC.
Bryant Gumbel studied at Bates College and graduated in 1970. His career in television began in October of 1972 when he became the sportscaster in Los Angeles for KNBC-TV. NBC Sport then hired him in 1975 to co-host a pregame show for the national league of football called Grandstand. Whilst there, he hosted a number of sports events including baseball, basketball and football. He left in 1982 to anchor The Today Show but later went back to NBC as a sportscaster to cover the Summer Olympics held in Seoul in 1982. He also hosted the 1990 PGA Tour.
He then became the chief reporter of sports for Today, where he contributed bi-weekly features for the program. One included a series that featured upcoming sports athletes. In 1982, he replaced Tom Brokaw as an anchor for Today after a long search for a suitable replacement for Brokaw, thereby surpassing a number of other news correspondents at NBC. He would open and close the show and conduct interviews based in New York. He then became Today's principal anchor in September of 1982. In 1984, NBC sent him to Moscow to host a number of live television broadcasts. This brought Today in the forefront and increased its popularity with viewers in America.
Bryant Gumbel's work with Today saw him earn a number of Emmys. He also got a large following of fans. Other than Couric, Bryant Gumbel is the co-host who has served Today the longest. He left the show in 1997 after serving for 15 years.
He then moved on to CBS. Here he hosted a number of shows before he became the co-host of The Early Show, CBS' show in the morning in 1999. He then left CBS and the Early Show in 2002.
Bryant concentrates his energy on his duty as the current host of Real Sports, a much-acclaimed series with HBO. Real Sports has earned 15 Emmys for sports.
Gumbel has been married twice. His first wife was June Baranco with whom he has a son and a daughter. In 2002, he married Hilary Quinlan and to be with him, she moved to New York from Chicago. In 2009, Bryant was reported to be suffering from cancer and he underwent surgery to remove a tumor. However, at the moment his condition has improved.