Maria Taylor - Updated Feb 2024

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Maria Taylor

Maria Taylor Hyatt is a television host and analyst. Maria Taylor has come to fame after her work with ESPN and SEC Network. She covers sports-related events like college volleyball, college football, and college men’s and women’s basketball.

Early Life and Childhood

Maria Taylor is 34 years old. She was born on 12 May 1987 in Alpharetta, Georgia USA. She belongs to the American nationality and ethnicity of Afro-Americans. Her parents Suzette Taylor and Steve Taylor raised her.

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Caption: Maria Taylor posing in front of NBA ESPN board (Source: Instagram)

Furthermore, there is no information about her siblings. So, she seems to be a single child.


Maria Taylor went to Centennial High School and showed interest in sports from her childhood days. During her time, she was a basketball player for the school’s team. Also, she was the recipient of the Atlanta Tip-Off Team of the Year and a member of the 2004 USA Volleyball Junior National A2 team.

She was named a Fulton County Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Also she got an athletic scholarship from the University of Georgia, where she played basketball and volleyball from 2005 to 2009. Then, she received numerous awards throughout her tenure.

At the end of her college career, she ranked fourth all-time in program history.

Maria Taylor – Professional Life

Maria started her career as a host and reporter for the largest collegiate sports marketing company which represented numerous colleges plus the NCCA; IMG college at the University of Georgia for three years.

Presently, Taylor is successfully working as an analyst and host for ESPN and SEC Network. She joined the ESPN College GameDay broadcast team as a reporter and host along with working as a reporter with SEC Network in her third season. Then, she serves as a college football reporter for ESPN with Brent Jesse Palmer and Musburger. She even works as a women’s volleyball and basketball analyst.

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Caption: Maria Taylor (Source: Esonpressroom)

Maria Taylor started working weekly on Saturday night primetime college football telecast on ESPN2 as the sideline reporter and also covered the annual bowl game for ESPN. She has been working as an analyst for the NCCA women’s basketball selection show.

She covered both the NCCA Women’s Basketball Tournament preview show and women’s volleyball championship & ESPN NCCA women’s basketball Tournament. Then, she also made appearances on numerous studio shows such as the sports site, SEC Men’s Basketball Tonight, and Dawg Report.

Likewise, She is also experienced in working with the ACC Digital Network and Fox Sports South where she worked as a freelance women’s basketball analyst. Also, she worked for Raycom Sports as a freelance women’s basketball analyst.

In 2019, she began hosting NBA Countdown, the pre-game show for ESPN’s Friday night, and Sunday afternoon NBA games.


Though Maria worked hard and set up her career to a higher level, she hasn’t received awards and was nominated for awards. But she has had the chance to experience hosting an award show.

Maria Taylor – Net Worth 2024

Maria is earning a good amount of salary from ESPN. She has a net worth of over $2 million as per estimation. She has around $69,000 as an annual salary to ESPN. Furthermore, her income has been added from several college women’s sports coverage and other cable show appearances too.

Personal Life

Yes, Maria has got married. Recently, she tied the knot and exchanged vows at the Oceanfront Hilton Sandestin in Destin, Florida with her husband Rodney Blackstock who is the Basketball agent. They met each other during the Charlotte Hornets’ game in September 2014. They are happy with their marriage and enjoying married life.

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Caption: Maria Taylor’s wedding (Source: Ultimateproductioncpmpany)

There are no recent rumors regarding her personal and professional life. She is living happily without any controversies. Also, she is well-profiled.

Maria Taylor – Body Measurements

Maria has a stunning body accompanied by an amazing personality. She has a height of 6 feet 2 inches and her weight is unknown. Her hair and eye color both are black. There is no detailed information about her body measurements.

Social Media

Maria is socially active on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. She has around 25.1k followers on her Facebook account, around 161.5k followers on her Twitter account, and around 232k followers on her Instagram account.