Jeff Jeffers

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Jeff Jeffers has been broadcasting local sports for NewsCenter 16 for over 30 years! It's why he's called "The Dean of Local Sports". As Sports Director for WNDU-TV and Anchor for the early and late editions of NewsCenter 16, he is recognized as Michiana's leading authority on local sports.

Jeff Jeffers has been broadcasting local sports for NewsCenter 16 for over 30 years! It's why he's called "The Dean of Local Sports". As Sports Director for WNDU-TV and Anchor for the early and late editions of NewsCenter 16, he is recognized as Michiana's leading authority on local sports. Jeff's long tenure is unmatched by other sports broadcasters and has earned him the mantel of "Dean."

Jeff also hosts "Countdown to Kickoff," a Notre Dame football pre-game show, "live" from Notre Dame Stadium. The list of guests who have appeared on "Countdown" is more than a little impressive. They include former President Gerald R. Ford, Regis Philbin, Larry King, Baseball Hall of Fame manager Tom LaSorda, host of NBC's Meet the Press, Tim Russert and legendary sportscaster, Bob Costas.

And, when it comes to covering Notre Dame sports, there's no one in the entire country with more broadcasting experience. For over 30 years, it is conservatively estimated that he has covered more than 1,000 Notre Dame games, meets and matches.

He has served as the play-by-play voice for Irish football, basketball, baseball and hockey. He has also served as color analyst for each of those sports. For years, he's hosted the nationally syndicated ND Coaches show in addition to hosting a two-hour call-in show before every Notre Dame football game. He's provided "live" coverage for Notre Dame's trips to the Cotton, Fiesta, Orange, Sugar and Gator Bowls in addition to many baseball All-Star games and World Series. He was the primary sports reporter for Notre Dame's NCAA Championship basketball run in 2001 and was the only sports reporter in Omaha when the Irish baseball team competed in the College World Series in 2002.

Jeff has worked for ESPN, SportsChannel, Prime Ticket, assorted cable networks and NBC's "NFL Live" show.

Named the "Top Sportscaster" in the Northern Indiana-Southern Michigan area five (6) out of the last six (7) years, he is the winner of five (7) Associated Press awards for excellence in sports broadcasting. Jeff is also listed in "Who's Who in American Entertainment and Broadcasting".

He worked as an Associate Athletic Trainer at the University of Tulsa from 1972 until 1975 while working on his undergraduate degree in film studies. Upon graduation, he enrolled at Notre Dame and served one season as an Irish Assistant Baseball Coach in 1976 while pursuing a graduate degree from the University. He graduated with a Master of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1977. He is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Alpha Theta, honorary fraternitites.

In June of 2006, Jeff was honored by the Notre Dame Monogram Club when he was awarded an honorary monogram, which is one of the highest honors presented by the University. He was recognized for his long-time coverage of Irish athletics and contributions to Notre Dame.

An accomplished sports writer, Jeff is the author of "Rally! The 12 Greatest Comebacks in Notre Dame History" which was published in 1981. He is the voice of several Notre Dame football highlight videos, including "Return to Glory" which chronicles Tyrone Willingham's first season at Notre Dame. Jeff has also served as the master of ceremonies for the local "roasts" of celebrities like Ara Parseghian and Dick Vitale.

Jeff has also emceed the annual Notre Dame baseball opening night dinner which has featured major league players Roger Clemens, and Brad Lidge of the Houston Astros, Aaron Heilman of the New York Mets, hall of fame member Tom LaSorda, best-selling author John Grisham and Irish head football coach Charlie Weis. In 2005, Jeff was the master of ceremonies for the Notre Dame football banquet which featured former head coach, Lou Holtz.

He and his wife Leslie are the proud parents of four great kids, LeighAnn, Scott (currenty serving in the U.S. Marine Corps), Reilly and Kelly.

Email Jeff at jjeffers@wndu.com.

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