Amanda Balionis is making her debut on TNT this week, conducting post-round interviews with players on Thursday and Friday, as well as before the CBS coverage kicks in on the weekend. Here are the most important things to know about the network’s freshest face.
This week is a side gig.
While she’s moonlighting with Turner Sports on TNT this week, Balionis joined Team Callaway in April to handle on-air duties for the company’s original and partnership content.
She's got lots of experience covering golf.
Prior to taking the Callaway job, Balionis spent five years with PGA Tour Digital as a reporter and host of shows like Trending on Tour, Buy a Mulligan, The Takeaway and PGA Tour Live. In an interview on CallawayGolf.com, Balionis said, "Growing up I liked the game, but my passion really came from when I joined the PGA Tour and started to learn the players and storylines. And getting to know their personalities, you become really involved in not only the meaning of the tournaments, but how certain wins can change guys’ lives, and what these players mean to the game overall."
She's a proud Hofstra alumna.
Balionis majored in broadcast journalism at Hofstra University and began her career as a sideline reporter in the New York area working for the New York Jets, New York Islanders, CBS and the MSG Network.
She has a fondness for French bulldogs.
And she never misses an adorable photo op with her beloved pet, Chorizo.
She's a sports fanatic.
Balionis is a diehard Pittsburgh sports fan—especially Steelers football.