|About Amanda Balionis|
|Birth||June 20, 1986|
|Parents||Dana Caplan Balionis, Anthony Balionis|
|Address||San Diego, California|
|Alumni||Manheim Township High School, Hofstra University|
|Contributer||Turner Sports, CBS|
Amanda Balionis, CBS’ golf reporter, spends her days on the green—either covering golf tournaments or playing a game or two with her family. In January 2018, she was named as one of the most stylish people in golf! So, it comes as no surprise that many people want to know more about her. For those with curious minds, here are some facts from Amanda Balionis’ wiki!
Who Is Amanda Balionis?
Amanda Balionis was born on June 20, 1986. She is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Upper St. Clair but moved to Lancaster with her family at 10 years old.
From a very young age, Balionis was obsessed with sports and belongs to a family of golf fanatics like her. She took lessons on a golf course when she was around eight years old and played volleyball throughout her high school years.
In 2004, Balionis graduated from Manheim Township High School. She then attended Hofstra University to pursue her studies in broadcast journalism and graduated in 2008.
While studying at college, Balinois was actively involved in several activities. She was a part of the institution’s WRHU radio station, the Association for Women in Communications, and The Chronicle student newspaper.
Amanda Balionis’ Career
Balionis interned for several news networks during her time at Hofstra, like CBS 2 and ABC News NOW, in addition to the New York Islanders and the New York Jets.
After graduating, Balionis worked for a year at a local Lancaster newspaper as a reporter. She then worked as a reporter for Verizon Sports covering high school sports in New York.
In 2009, Balionis began working as a reporter covering high school sports for the MSG Network. She then worked as a reporter for PGA Tour in 2011, covering professional golf from day one, and has appeared on shows like Trending on Tour, Buy a Mulligan, and PGA Tour Live.
Balionis joined the team at CBS Sports as a golf reporter in 2017, working on select tournaments. And she was more than excited when she was offered the position.
The sports reporter said, “It was really cool, and I called my parents and told them I was going to be on the CBS broadcast. And I think they thought I was going to be on a digital broadcast or something on a local CBS station.”
“I don’t think they fully understood what I meant. But after my first hit at the Genesis Open, the first text I got was from my mom, and she said, ‘Oh my Gosh, Jim Nantz knows your name!’ I was like, ‘I know!’ So that was a surreal moment. In this business, the CBS Golf team is the best of the best, so I just feel so grateful being a part of it,” she added.
Additionally, Balionis worked as a media correspondent at Callaway Golf, which she joined in 2016. She also was a contributor for Turner Sports’ digital platform.
Balionis currently lives in San Diego, California, with her dog. As of now, she plans to stay with CBS Sports. However, her goal is to report on golf and football full-time.
Moreover, Balionis had the chance to interview famous golfer Tiger Woods and was quite excited about it.
She Had Her Fair Share of Bloopers
During her first year with PGA Tour, Balionis went to the Tour Championship. She didn’t really know many of the players at that time. There were 30 players on the field, and she wrote a full note card on each.
Her interview with Dustin Johnson didn’t go as planned, and she still remembers it vividly. Balionis misread her notes and said something about him being in his third Presidents Cup, but it was his first.
Johnson was not impressed, and he walked away. Needless to say, Balionis was quite embarrassed and had to interview Phil Mickelson. When Mickelson walked up to her, Balionis was quite nervous.
She looked at the camera and said, “Thanks, Phil. Guys. You’re Phil!”
They somehow got through the interview, but she learned her lesson.
“Keep it simple, be confident in what you know and don’t try to do too much,” Balionis said.
Golf Magazine Named Her as One of the Most Stylish People in Golf
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In January 2018, Golf Magazine named Balionis one of the sport’s most stylish people. Although she earned the title, the sports reporter revealed that she had to style herself and do her own hair and makeup in 2011 while working with PGA Tour.
Back then, Rugby shirts were considered quite fashionable. So, she wore one wrapped around her on camera.
Her mother called her and told her, “Donate that shirt. I never want to see it on you again.”
Amanda Balionis’ Family
Amanda Balionis’ parents married on June 20, 1978, which means the couple has been happily married for 45 years.
Her mother, Dana Caplan Balionis, graduated in 1966 from Taylor Allderdice High School and went on to attend the University of Michigan. She is now retired and lives in University Park, Florida.
Balionis’ father, Anthony Balionis, doesn’t seem to be very fond of social media. He is not active on Facebook or Instagram.
On the other hand, his daughter feels that social media is the perfect place to get feedback from viewers. It helps her work on herself and she takes it in stride.
Amanda Balionis finds it difficult to watch herself in front of the camera. So, she will ask her friends or family members to watch her work and give feedback.
Amanda Balionis’ Relationship?
Back in 2014, Balionis replied to a tweet, saying she was in a relationship. However, she hasn’t yet revealed who she’s romantically involved with.CBS golf reporter Amanda Balionis turned her love for the sport into a profession. Here’s everything you need to know about her in Amanda Balionis’ wiki.
A social media user asked Balionis in 2015 if she was engaged, to which she replied, “No.” And she even cleared the air about the ring on her finger by saying she was not engaged.
But now, fans know who the sports reporter’s lucky partner is, and she has since married. Amanda Balionis’ husband is Bryn Renner. He played quarterback for both the college and NFL levels.
Renner attended the University of North Carolina and was picked up by the Baltimore Ravens in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL draft after a successful college football career.
According to an Instagram post by Renner, the couple met on November 23, 2019, and after a few days, they started dating. Amanda Balionis’ husband says his life has changed since he met her.
The lovebirds got engaged on February 26, 2021, in the presence of their family and friends. And they married on March 12, 2022.
In January 2023, Balionis shared a birthday post for her husband and said, “Happy Birthday to this guy. The guy who makes me laugh every single day. The guy who chooses to live outside of his comfort zone every single day no matter how hard it is and inspires so many without even realizing it. The one who is everyone’s biggest hype man and fiercest protector. Today I get to embarrass you with all this truth because those are the rules.”
She Has Done Some Charity Work
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Balionis has a French Bulldog named Chorizo and is a huge dog lover. She has done some charity work with K9s For Warriors, an organization that assists post-9/11 veterans.
In 2017, Amanda Balionis, along with her friends, were promoting T-shirts that read, “Puppies and Golf.” The sales proceeds went to charity.
With her knowledge of and dedication to golf, coupled with her hard work and determination, don’t be surprised if you see more of Amanda Balionis on your TV screens.