Bob Costas

  • Birth Name: Robert Quinlan Costas
  • Birth Place: Queens, New York, United States
  • Profession: TV sportscaster, Talk-show host

Fast Facts

  • Carries in his wallet a laminated 1958 baseball card of his idol, Mickey Mantle. He delivered the eulogy at Mantle's funeral in 1995.
  • Doctored his college-radio highlight tape to make himself sound older, leading to a job at KMOX-AM in St. Louis, broadcasting ABA basketball.
  • At 33, became the youngest winner of the Sportscaster of the Year Award.
  • Turned down offers from CBS to be the first host of The Late Late Show and to be a reporter for 60 Minutes.
  • Parodied himself in the animated film Cars by lending his voice to a racing announcer named Bob Cutlass.
  • Began hosting Olympics coverage for NBC in 1992; was forced to sit out a portion of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi when he developed pinkeye (Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira filled in).
  • Has called the World Series, the NBA Finals and the Super Bowl.
  • Has a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.


  • 1994, Emmy — Outstanding Informational Series: Winner
  • 1992, Emmy — Outstanding Informational Series: Nominee


  • Jayne Costas — Mother
  • Jill Sutton — Wife
  • John Costas — Father
  • Keith Costas — Son
  • Carole Randall Costas — Ex-wife
  • Valerie Costas — Sister
  • Taylor Costas — Daughter


  • Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, United States (BA in Communications, 1974)