For the past four years, Leeann Tweeden has been seen as the host of NBC’s “The National Heads-Up Poker Championship” and their popular late night show, “Poker After Dark,” six days a week. Before moving to NBC, the award-winning sportscaster could be seen on the Fox Sports Network and has covered everything from mainstream and extreme sports to news and entertainment. Poker is not a new venture for Leeann, as she was a co-host on the Mansion Poker Dome Challenge on FSN in 2006.
She also hosted Angels Weekly and contributed to Angels Live for Fox Sports West for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim baseball team in 2011.
Leeann was born and raised in the Washington, DC suburb of Manassas, Virginia. Her dad and brother raced cars and go-karts while growing up, and her uncle was a track announcer, so she was born into a racing family. Leeann graduated from high school in 3 years at the age of 16. Instead of going straight to college, Leeann wanted to follow her dreams of moving to Hollywood and giving modeling and showbiz a shot, and did so at the age of 18. Once there, she was soon cast as a spokes model on Ed McMahon’s famous talent show “Star Search,” launching her television career.
Leeann also spent years modeling in Los Angeles before she auditioned for and beat out 30,000 other women for the ESPN workout show “Fitness Beach.” The program was the number one rated fitness show of its time according to the New York Times.
Over the years, Leeann has been the focus of numerous magazine covers and articles that range from health and fitness, to lifestyle, to popular men’s magazines like Maxim, FHM and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Leeann has the highest ever-selling American version of FHM in history.
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