Who is Allie LaForce? Meet the sports reporter for the NBA

Iram Sharifah Khan March 8, 2021
Meet sportscaster for NBA Allie LaForce

Allie LaForce was one of many reporters spotted at the NBA All-Star game. She left quite an impression on fans and now they’re wondering more about her personal life and career. Meet the sports reporter for the NBA!

Who is Allie LaForce? Meet the sports reporter for the NBA

Alexandra Leigh LaForce, better known as Allie LaForce, was born on 11 December 1988 in Vermilion, Ohio. She is an only child to parents Wade and Lesa LeForce.

Allie attended Ohio University between 2007 and 2011, where she gained degrees in broadcast journalism, journalism and Women’s studies.

Before attending university, Allie enjoyed pageantry. She was crowned Miss Ohio Teen USA 2005 and Miss Teen USA in the same year.

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She also co-hosted the Miss USA pageant 2020 with former NFL star Akbar Gbaja-Biamila:

Allie LaForce: career and NBA

LaForce began her broadcasting career while at university. She began working as a play-by-play commentator for the Southern Ohio Copperheads baseball side in 2009.

She went on to work as a reporter for well-known companies such as Nike, Fox College Sports, Fox8 Cleveland and CBS.

Most recently, LaForce signed on with Turner Sports. She works for the company as a side-line reporter, covering NBA and the NCAA tournaments for student athletes.

She was most recently spotted reporting at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, for the NBA All-Star Game 2021:

Allie LaForce’s husband

LaForce is married to baseball pitcher Joe Smith, who plays for the Houston Astros in the MLB. The couple met at Ohio University, where they played a basketball game together and kept in touch.

They had to maintain a long-distance relationship until Smith landed a job that allowed them to live together.

After Smith’s mother was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease in 2012, the couple set up the HelpCureHD foundation. The foundation helps couples achieve PGD-IVF to prevent the genetic disease spreading to their newborns.

Its site states: “HelpCureHD aims to help improve the quality of life for those affected by Huntington’s disease by contributing financial, emotional and mental support while trying to find the cure.”

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Iram is a London-based freelance journalist with a BA in Journalism and Media from Birkbeck University. She studied several modules, including Journalism in British Life, Interview skills and Feature Writing, Introduction to Journalism Practice and Manga and Anime. Iram went from university to work with GRV Media at The Focus Writers’ Academy and enjoys learning Japanese, taking singing lessons, playing video games and watching Korean dramas in her spare time.