Melanie Newman is an American sportscaster who currently works as a broadcaster for the Baltimore Orioles baseball team. Some key points about her:
She was born in the United States. Her early career involved working in minor-league baseball broadcasting. In 2020, she made history by becoming the first female play-by-play announcer for the Baltimore Orioles.
Before joining the Orioles, Newman called games for various minor-league baseball teams. She has also made guest appearances broadcasting Major League games. In 2021, she was part of the first all-female broadcast team for a Major League Baseball game.
In 2020, the Orioles announced that Newman had joined their broadcast team. The COVID-19 pandemic delayed the start of the MLB season, and so she made her debut on August 4, 2020, becoming the first woman to ever call a regular-season Orioles game when she was part of the radio broadcast team. Newman also served as a sideline reporter and a studio host for Orioles’ television broadcasts. On July 20, 2021, Newman was the play-by-play announcer as part of the first all-female broadcast team, who called the Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays game for YouTube.
On September 29, 2021, Newman teamed with Jessica Mendoza to call a game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres for ESPN. It marked the first time that an all-female broadcast team called a nationally televised Major League Baseball game.
For the 2022 MLB season, Newman was a play-by-play announcer for Apple TV+ Friday Night Baseball.
In 2023, Newman was one of three commentators for the BBC’s coverage of MLB’s London Series.
She attended Troy University, where she initially considered becoming a teacher before exploring opportunities in sports broadcasting.
Newman has several notable achievements, including being the first female play-by-play announcer for the Baltimore Orioles and participating in the first all-female MLB broadcast. She has paved the way for women in baseball broadcasting.