American Emmy-nominated sports telecaster Holly Rowe, who earned her recognition as a sideline reporter for college football games on ESPN, is a proud mother of a grown-up son named McKylin Rowe.

Her son McKylin is an aspiring actor and writer who has shown his acting prowess in various TV shows and short films, including The Egos, Existential Mashed Potatoes, Brotherly Love, The Holidays, and Revealing Cards.


A post shared by McKylin Rowe (@mckylinrowe)

However, fans are still curious to learn the whereabouts of Holly's husband and  McKylin's father. 

In this article, read our exclusive coverage on  Holly Rowe and check your knowledge on what you know about the ESPN reporter's personal life, including details of her son, and marital status. Also, we have also covered her renewed CNN contract and her cancer battle. 

What happened to Holly Rowe in her Cancer Battle?

Having been diagnosed with severe but rare melanoma (stage 3) in 2015 on her chest, Rowe understood that she had to accept the condition as part of her job since her job requires her to spend most of the time outside.

She later went public about her condition and the subsequent surgery in 2016. In 2017, she also revealed to the Associated Press that her cancer had returned and she was up for treatment.

And as someone who has been passionate about her job, she has been working between her treatments with only a little time to rest.  She says:

I was in such a dark place, because I ended up with inoperable tumors in my lung, which is normally a deadly situation, and I was really lucky to get on immunotherapy. I knew that I was in trouble, and I was in a deadly situation. And I just thought, if I stop working and sit on my couch, that might kill me even faster. I just didn't feel like I was the type of person that could put my life on hold, because then I'm not really living. So, I set little goals for myself: “Okay, after this surgery I’ll be back in time for the big 12 basketball tournament, so I get to cover Kansas basketball and Texas basketball. I’ll be back for the draft so I can be there when Brianna Stewart goes number one, because I've covered her since she was 18 years old.” I think it helped get me through my cancer, because I wasn't sitting around feeling sorry for myself and only obsessing about that. I feel like living with a little bit of purpose and joy helped me.

The experience taught her the importance of sunscreen, which she now preaches to everyone.

Who is Holly Rowe's Husband?

Speaking of family, many of her fans are still unaware if she ever got married or had a husband. That’s because she has hardly spoken about her personal life in public.

However, the presence of her son signals that she was, at least, either in a relationship with a partner or was married to a spouse in the past. But again, there has been confusion regarding her married life as she has not delved into the details of her love life.


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Speculations about her divorce from her husband have had their fair share in the gossip columns. Despite plenty of interest to grasp her married life and husband's identity, she has not flinched an inch and is reluctant to discuss her married life in public. 

Until she decides the time is right to front up the media and open up about her husband’s rumors, the rumor mills will keep on grinding. Meanwhile, we need to not believe in the speculations until the truth unveils.

Holly Rowe is her Son Biggest Supporter 

The mother-son duo shares a very close bond — and they often share candid and special moments through social media, especially Instagram.

On June 18, 2021, McKylin took to his Instagram to share an adorable picture of him and his mother, Holly. The post was made for Holly's birthday.

In March 2015, McKylin was acting in plays during his college days, and Holly watched her son's performance in his college musical Cinderella. 

Later, Holly shared the proud moment on Twitter, stating that her son had been cast as “Prince Charming” and congratulated him on his excellent work.

Holly attends her son's college to watch his performance in his college musical, Cinderella, in March 2015. (Photo: Twitter)

Holly's Row Brief Career Bio and New ESPN Contract

Holly Rowe, the University of Utah alum, started her broadcasting career at the age of 27 with Fox Sports as a broadcaster of women's college basketball games in 1993 and remained there till 2003 also covering women's college volleyball. She later held a position at CBS, covering several seasons of the men's Final Four (basketball) and at ABC Sports (1195 and 1996) before joining ESPN.

Holly Rowe interviews NFL player, Minkah Fitzpatrick, for ESPN's College Football in April 2018.

Holly Rowe interviews NFL player, Minkah Fitzpatrick, for ESPN's College Football in April 2018. (Photo: ESPN)

Rowe joined ESPN in 1998 as a part-time sideline reporter in certain broadcasts on the network. The year, she also gracefully covered the 1998 FIBA Women's World Cup as the network's one of four play-by-play announcers. She later diversified her extensive knowledge of basketball reporting as a part of women's college basketball games broadcasted on ESPN.

Her notable ventures at ESPN include play-by-play for Women's World Cup matches, covering the Running of the Bulls, covering top-notch swimming events, and broadcasting track & field events. Her documentaries in which she worked as a writer and producer have been featured on ESP, KBYU TV, and Fox 13 TV.  

And not only the likes of giants such as ESPN and Fox, but her resume also boasts her experience as a sports reporter for platforms in Salt Lake such as KSL Radio, KBYU TV, KFNZ Radio, Fox 13 TV, and BYU Sports Network.

She is also credited for her work as an analyst for WNBA's Utah Starzz. She was also a play-by-play voice for BYU women's gymnastics, basketball, and volleyball from 1993 to 2009. Not only that, she was involved with Blue and White Sports Network as a BYU and Airforce Football from 1993 to 1997.

She graduated in broadcast journalism from the University of Utah. At the time of her study, she also functioned as an anchor for the campus TV station and penned as a sports writer for the Davis County Clipper and Daily Utah Chronicle. 

On August 9, 2021, ESPN announced Rowe would be joining the ABC Saturday Night Football team in the fall. Rowe, the sideline reporter, will be joined by Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit.

This was her 26th season covering college football for ESPN and ABC.

In 2023, Rowe, whose contract deal would have ended in April 2023, signed a long-term multi-year deal with ESPN, continuing her current responsibilities covering ESPN Saturday Night Football on ABC, NCAA Woman's Final Four, NCAA Women's College World Series,  WNBA game and draft sessions. She also won the 2023 Curt Gowdy Media Award in 2023.

As of now, Rowe's estimated net worth lies in the range of $5 million to $8 million and has an estimated annual salary of $1 million.