Mary Carillo, longtime NBC Sports analyst and lifelong lover of man’s best friend, brings a wealth of experience to the National Dog Show Presented by Purina® as she returns for her fourth year as part of the commentary team.
Best known in recent years for her work as a host and correspondent for the Olympic Games on NBC, she also serves as a television analyst for major-event tennis coverage and as a correspondent for HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. She is expected to contribute to NBC’s coverage of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
In addition to the National Dog Show, Carillo has hosted USA Network’s presentation of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, alongside longtime host David Frei, in 2009 and from 2011-present.
Her distinguished career in broadcast journalism has earned her two Peabody Awards, one of the highest honors in the field. She received her first Peabody for her work on the HBO documentary Billie Jean King: Portrait of a Pioneer and her second for co-writing the HBO documentary Dare to Compete: The Struggle of Women in Sport with Frank Deford. In 2010, she became the first female recipient of the Dick Schaap Award for Outstanding Journalism.
Carillo was named “Best Commentator” by Tennis Magazine from 1988-91 and “Broadcaster of the Year” by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) in 1981 and 1985. She has co-written two books: Tennis My Way with Martina Navratilova (Penguin, 1984) and Tennis Kinetics with Rick Elstein (Simon & Schuster, 1985).
Carillo played on the WTA tour from 1977-80. Teaming with childhood friend John McEnroe, Carillo won the 1977 French Open mixed doubles title. She was a doubles runner-up at the U.S. Clay Court Championships and a doubles quarterfinalist at the US Open in 1977.