30 years ago, Molly Solomon began her career at NBC Sports doing research for its Olympics coverage. Her career has gone through many twists and turns since then, following her passions for the Olympics, golf, and sports television, and leading her to a real dream come true.
This year, she’ll be leading the Olympics coverage for NBC.
Solomon has been promoted to executive producer and president of the network’s Olympics unit. That makes her the first woman to be an executive producer for any network sports division. In the meantime, she’ll still hold the position of executive producer at the GOLF channel, which she’s been doing since 2012. But her history with the network’s Olympic coverage is extensive, having researched since 1990 and with 10 Winter and Summer Games behind her already. She also worked as a coordinating producer from 2006-12.
“My first job out of college nearly 30 years ago was as an Olympic researcher. So over the next 22 years I really climbed the production ladder at NBC Sports doing every job along the way. That culminated in London, and I really thought that was the apex. I know the requirements of this role. It’s very familiar.”
Solomon is set to oversee 7,000+ hours of coverage across broadcast channels, cable channels, and even online streaming.
“I have three loves in my professional life; it’s sports television, the Olympics and golf, so I feel really very fortunate to be able to combine them,” Solomon recently said. “I really feel like I’m returning to my roots at NBC Olympics.”
And it’s not just a dream come true for Molly Solomon – this step up for her will be a step up for women everywhere in not one but two major industries worldwide: both sports and news networks. Help us rejoice by tuning into the Olympics and her coverage next year!