Sports, modeling, and journalism, Britt Mchenry did it all. But she is best known for her career as a sports reporter. Anyone who knows anything about Britt Mchenry will remember that in 2015, a clip of her leaked in which she beat a tow truck, almost costing her ESPN job. Later, however, she was fired. But Britt has long since put those years behind her. Today, she hosts “Like It or Not” together with Bram Weinstein and Guy Lambert on WTTG Fox 5 in Washington DC. She works as a news commentator for Fox.
Britt Mchenry Biography
Brittany May McHenry was born on 28 May 1986 in Mount Holly Township, New Jersey, United States. Her father, the conservative Bill McHenry, is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force. Raised in Satellite Beach, Florida, Britt attended Satellite High School, where she was an active athlete participating in softball, soccer, and basketball. She focused on soccer, however. Britt was a starter in the national team for four consecutive years and was a teammate of Ashlyn Harris, the future goalkeeper of the United States women’s national team.
After graduating from high school in 2004, Mchenry went to Stetson University, where she continued to play football on the school team’s Hatters football team. In the midfield position, she was impressive. She graduated magna cum laude by 2007.
During her college years, Britt Mchenry worked in various summer jobs, including a store that sold T-shirts and sandals. There she learned how to fold a T-shirt properly. At Stetson, Britt retired from sports after she developed a passion for radio journalism. In her senior year, she received an internship at ABC News in Washington.
Determined to begin a professional career as soon as possible, the work-oriented Mchenry graduated one semester early. To learn more about the field she had fallen so deeply in love with, Britt enrolled at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism to earn a degree in journalism. Unable to afford tuition, she received a student loan, which she said she would continue to pay in 2016.
Britt Mchenry graduated from the Medill School of Journalism in 2008, after which she got her first job at WJLA-TV, a subsidiary of ABC in Washington. She started out as a business reporter and learned how to set up her own camera without a camera crew. In 2009, Britt was given the leadership to switch to sports, and after receiving approval from her boss, she began shooting her own reportage videos. Impressed by her work, her boss signed her a contract as a sports reporter.
Britt would then work for ABC 7 for the next few years before ESPN took up her services in March 2014. As a reporter in an office in DC, Britt covered professional football, basketball and hockey, and served as a correspondent for a number of shows, including SportsCenter, Outside the Lines, NFL Live and Baseball Tonight.
Britt’s career was going very well until an unfortunate event tainted her reputation about a year later, in April 2015. A video was leaked through LiveLeak, where Britt scolded and used swear words at a towing site employee. An angry Britt was seen verbally abusing the employee, attacking her appearance and her social and financial status.
After the leak, Britt apologized for her behavior via her Twitter account but was suspended by her employer, ESPN, for a week, a punishment many considered too lenient. However, the towing company accepted Britt’s apology in a statement, stating that they did not want Britt to be punished for her comments.
Although Britt took full responsibility for her actions, she noticed in an interview with Marie Claire that the material was edited footage, so it looked like she was the only one who was doing the talking. To this day, the consequences of her actions still seem to haunt her.
In April 2017, when she was among the 100 employees ESPN fired due to cost-cutting, many quickly speculated that it was related to the viral video, but an unnamed source told Fox News that this was not the reason. Fox later hired her as a correspondent, and today she also works as a staffer for the right-wing online magazine The Federalist.
In May 2018, Britt Mchenry first went on Twitter to talk about the reason for her dismissal on ESPN. She claimed that her race and conservative political views were the main reasons, and in fact she was the first to be fired. Later, she recorded the tweet and told the Deadspin website that a number of factors contributed to her dismissal and that she hopes to record them in a book to be published soon.
Modeling Career Before ESPN
During her time as a student at Stetson, Mchenry worked in many jobs during the summer. Around the same time, Mchenry pursued a modeling career. With a height of 1.78 m she certainly had the right size for it. She was even signed on by the famous agency Wilhelmina Models. Britt never really talked about those days of her life. But in 2016, after the video of the Tow Attendant put her deep into the limelight, photos of her appearances as a model appeared online.
When it comes to her personal life, Britt Mchenry is top secret. No information about her love life has ever come online. However, when she published a photo of herself and American tennis star Tennys Sandgren in the city of love and romance – Paris, France – in early June 2018, many of her followers quickly speculated that they were a thing, but it remains just speculation.