Who is Michele Tafoya’s husband Mark Vandersall as reporter is set to leave Sunday Night Football?

Joshua Rogers December 16, 2021
Who is Michele Tafoya’s husband Mark Vandersall as reporter is set to leave Sunday Night Football?
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After this season, Michele Tafoya will reportedly no longer be the sideline reporter for NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Tafoya has been in sports journalism since 1994 and has mainly reported on the NFL for the last 10 years. Given the news, people want to know more about Michele Tafoya’s husband Mark Vandersall, and her children.

Tafoya has not appeared on the Sunday Night Football broadcast in recent weeks, prompting much discussion about her future. However, this is reportedly nothing to do with her decision to leave the sideline. Rather, she has been using her “announcers bye weeks,” which every crew member is entitled to each season.

The news comes after Tafoya was criticized for making comments about former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick during an appearance on ABC’s The View. However, her leaving the sideline is reportedly nothing to do with this incident.

Per The New York Post, Kathryn Tappen, who has filled in for Tafoya over the past three weeks, is favorite to replace Tafoya full time on Sunday Night Football next season.

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Who is Michele Tafoya’s husband Mark Vandersall?

Michele Tafoya’s husband is Mark Vandersall, whom Michele met in 1993 when she was working as a host at the radio station KFAN-AM in Minnesota.

Mark is originally from Minnesota, and his dad, Bruce Vanderall, was the linebackers coach and defensive coordinator at the University of Minnesota from 1973 to 1982. Mark graduated from Robbinsdale Armstrong High School in Plymouth, where he was an All-Conference football player in 1989 and a baseball star. He later went on to play college baseball at the University of Minnesota.

Tafoya and her husband live in Edina, Minnesota, having married in 2000. Mark has a degree in finance and now works as a private wealth advisor for Ameriprise Financial Services, according to his LinkedIn bio.

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Does Michele Tafoya have children?

Michele Tafoya and Mark Vandersall have two children together, a son, Tyler (born in 2005), and a daughter, Olivia, whom they adopted from Colombia in 2009.

The couple have had many difficulties over the years, though, as according to WCCO-TV, Tafoya suffered two miscarriages in the space of a year. The couple then saw a fertility specialist, and Tafoya became pregnant with twins through in vitro fertilization, but miscarried again as she was unable to carry the babies to term.

She spoke with Modern Mom about taking time off in 2005 after the trauma of losing four babies to miscarriage. “That struggle to have children changed my priorities,” she said. In an interview with Edina Magazine, Tafoya also talked openly about the adoption process in regards to Olivia.

“Meeting her was a powerful moment,” she told the magazine. “She was sleeping, looked up and smiled at us. She hasn’t stopped smiling since.”

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.