Kaylee Hartung – Bio, Career at CNN, Why Did She Leave ESPN, Is She Married?

From an intern to a sports reporter, down to working for the biggest cable network in the world, Kaylee Hartung has graced the media with her astonishing media skills over the years and could be said to really project the true meaning of progression through her career. The astonishing reporter recorded her moment of popularity by her incredible work in ESPN sports.

Kaylee Hartung’s resume would be scanty if her deeds in journalism didn’t highlight that she, apart from a scintillating work in ESPN and current breakthrough in CNN, earned two lone state EMMYs for a feature on University of Texas super fan Brandon Puente and for hosting the women’s history month edition of Longhorn extra.


Hartung has been named an astonishing reporter primarily due to her fantastic work in the media but also, due to her prolific rise through the ladders of progress in her career. Born on the 7th of November 1985, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Kaylee made her way through Episcopal high school and graduated in 2003. She moved ahead to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism and Politics from Washington and Lee University.

Kaylee Hartung’s Career at CNN

Prior to joining CNN, Kaylee Hartung had recorded exciting successes at different media houses. She started out as an intern at CBS, where she produced, photographed and edited her own report. Next, she became an associate producer on a Sunday public affairs program called ‘Face the Nation’ and was privileged to assist the Programs-then host Bob Schieffer. The young journalist prepared research for Schieffer’s 2008 presidential debate and campaign coverage in 2008 and 2012.

Kaylee worked within the South-eastern Conference games and as a featured host for ‘Unplugged Under 40’. Following an amazing 5-year spell with CBS News, she made a move to Longhorn network operated by ESPN as a reporter. In 2012, she was hired as a sports reporter by ESPN where she featured in different live events and made her presence felt in Sports centre.

ESPN turned out to be a great fit for Kaylee Hartung who spent a good number of years at the outfit covering college football playoffs, the men’s and women’s NCAA basketball matches, College World series, and contribute immensely to ESPN’s SEC network on the show ‘SEC Nation’. In 2017, Kaylee Hartung ended her career with ESPN and joined CNN where she is currently dishing out her bit of excellence as a News correspondent based in Atlanta, reporting across all of CNN’s television and digital platforms.

In the short time she has been with CNN, Hartung has traveled across the United States of America reporting on natural disasters, riots in states and following up political races. The new challenge has not weighed her down but has actually consistently brought out the very best in her.

Why Did She Leave ESPN?

When it came to light that Kaylee Hartung was leaving ESPN, the news was a shock to many fans who did not see it coming. This is also because of her rapid rise through the ranks of the ESPN family over the last few years, even though her background prior to her stint with the sports media was solidly in the world of political journalism. Moreso, she had an amazing 5 years at CBS basically producing and reporting her own news having studied broadcast journalism and politics.

The many speculations into why she left has not met with any concrete reason except for many thinking that she took the bold step enable her develope her passion for sports.

She announced her departure via Twitter on March 27, 2017, saying that the NCAA Women’s Division 1 Tournament Regional Final game was her final event for ESPN. The game was between Mississippi State and Baylor.

Is She Married?

The pretty media sensation has disclosed no information about her marital status in any interview or social media platform. However, in answer to a question about what makes a man attractive to her during an interview in 2013, she responded: ‘I definitely need to date someone who enjoys watching sports and talking about sports’. Inspite of this, the rumors concerning her relationship with any man she is sighted with has not ceased, hence no one is ruled out and the speculations are still rife.

During her time at ESPN, rumors came up that she was in closet relationship with baseball player Tim Tebow, but it resulted to nothing and was dispeled faster than it came up.

Kaylee Hartung’s Net Worth

The famous reporter havs had a sustained amount of fame and wealth. There is no certainty to the figures that have been quoted as her net worth even though a majority of sites peg it at an estimated $1 million dollars.

The journalist is quite active on popular social media sites, the likes of twitter and Instagram. With a whooping 78.9 thousand followers on twitter and 32.9 thousand followers on Instagram, it can be said that Kaylee Hartung’s popularity has grown to massive heights.