ESPN has reached a multi-year contract extension with SEC Nation host Laura Rutledge to enhance her multifaceted profile across ESPN networks, becoming a permanent contributor to Get Up on ESPN.
Rutledge, who joined the Get Up desk as a weekly correspondent last fall, has been a part of the show’s steady rise over the past year. Get Up continues its monthly streak of growth in October, now standing at eight straight, thanks to an increase of 5%. Get Up leads cable from 8– 10 a.m. ET among men 18-34 and 18-49.
“I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity to expand my role with Greeny and the Get Up team,” Rutledge said. “Over the past year, we’ve covered the biggest events in sports and it’s been such an incredible experience to build this show and continue its momentum. I can’t wait for what the future holds for Get Up, and I’m so grateful to my colleagues and bosses for their support.”
As part of her new deal, Rutledge will remain the host of SEC Nation on SEC Network, currently in her third straight season in the anchor chair and fourth football season with the show overall. She will also continue her presence across a number of high-profile network studio shows and programming, including appearances anchoring SportsCenter, hosting College Football Live and reporting from the College Football Playoff.
“Laura is both incredibly talented and hardworking, and has been a standout addition to Get Up,” said Norby Williamson, ESPN executive vice president and executive editor, studio production. “She continues to deliver on-air daily, regardless of assignment, and we’re eager to have her transition into this new role. We couldn’t be more pleased that she’ll be staying with ESPN for years to come.”
Rutledge has developed her portfolio at the network over the past few years to include red carpet host at the Home Depot College Football Awards and the ESPYs.
The University of Florida alum has been with the company since 2014, having covered everything from college football, basketball, baseball, softball and gymnastics, a sport where she served as both a reporter and play-by-play commentator. Through the 2018 season, she was a mainstay in ESPN’s extensive championship coverage surrounding the College Football Playoff, NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships, and both the Women’s College World Series and College World Series.
Get Up airs weekday mornings from 8-10 a.m. on ESPN with re-airs from 10 a.m. – noon on ESPN2. SEC Nation is featured every Saturday morning during the college football season, from 10 a.m. – noon on SEC Network.