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Pam Oliver is one of the most recognized black women in American sports journalism. She has been an NFL sideline reporter for over two decades and is presently associated with Fox Sports.
Oliver was born as Pamela Donielle Oliver on March 10, 1961, in Dallas, Texas. Her father, John Oliver, was then serving in the United States Air Force, due to which she lived in several states including Texas, Michigan, California, and Washington.
Oliver was inclined to sports since childhood and favored sports shows over cartoons. She joined Niceville High School and her knack for sports helped her excel in tennis, basketball, and track and field. Oliver joined Florida A&M University where she continued to thrive in sports and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism in 1984.
She began her career in 1985 and NBC affiliated WALB provided her with the opportunity to serve as a news reporter. She remained with the channel for a year and moved on to WAAY-TV (1986) in Alabama and WIVB-TV (1988) in New York, before landing her desired job as a sports anchor in 1990. Oliver worked with ESPN from 1993-1995 covering various NBA and NFL games. She began working with Fox Sports in 1995.
Oliver is married to her husband of twenty-seven years, Alvin Whitney.