Jen-Lada
Jen Lada | Biography

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  • Full Name Jen Lada
  • Birth Date Jan 14, 1981
  • Age 41 Years, 5 Months
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Chicago, Illinois
  • Zodiac Sign Capricorns
  • Occupation Journalist
  • University Marquette University College of Communications
  • Education Broadcast Electronics degree
  • Relationship Status Divorced and Re Married
  • Husband Dario Melendez
  • Husband's Profession Former ESPN Anchor
  • Wedding Date 2017
  • Net Worth Not Disclosed
Sports Anchor for ESPN

Jen Lada | Biography

Producer of Sports Documentary 'Hilinski's Hope'

Jen Lada is an American sports anchor working for ESPN News 'College Gameday.'


 Who is Jen Lada?

Jen Lada was born on 14 January 1981 in Chicago, Illinois. She went to Marquette University's College of Communications and earned a Broadcast Electronics degree. 

She began her journalism career as a reporter and anchor for the WITI-TV in Milwaukee. She also worked for WREX-TV in Rockford before joining Comcast SportsNet. 

She worked at Comcast as a reporter and anchor for over two years, where she reported for the Bears and White Spox. In addition, she hosted the High School LightsWhite Sox Pre-and Postgame Shows, and Beer Money trivia show while anchored for SportsNet Central.

Eventually, in 2015, Lada joined ESPN, where she began making television and radio appearances as both anchor and reporter. In addition, she covered ESPN's digital platforms, including SportsCenter and Mike and Mike. Alongside, she was a part of ESPN's Department of Highlights.

Among her numerous reportings for SportsCenter, she is known for featuring during the Sunday NFL Countdown, 2017 Special Olympics World Games – Austria, and the 2019 Olympics from Dubai, Abu Dhabi. 

In 2016, Lada joined College Gameday of ESPN as their feature reporter and live hosting reporter. She became known for her stories for Gameday, including the UP Syndrome documentary about Nick Saban and Tuscaloosa native Walt Gary, a mainstay of the Alabama program. 

Eventually, Lada won her first 'Sports Emmy Award' in the 'Outstanding Short Sports Documentary' in 2020 for the E:60-produced movie Hilinski's Hope. Her winning performance was about the South Carolina quarterback Ryan Hilinski and the tragic loss of his brother Tyler which influenced his life both on and off the field. In addition, her work received widespread acclaim for its ability to assist people suffering from mental illnesses.

Lada's Husband and Previous Marriage

Lada has married former ESPN anchor Dario Melendez since the fall of 2017. They announced their first pregnancy in late 2017, and she gave birth to their daughter Layla in February 2018. They also have another daughter Kiera. 

Jen Lada With Husband Dario Melendez
Jen Lada With Husband Dario Melendez. (Photo: Instagram)

She was initially married to Sean Reti, whom she met while studying at Marquette University. They were married in 2006, and they had their first child, a son Chase in 2009. However, their marriage ended in divorce, after which she remarried Melendez

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