Motor sports are her passion and workVeteran motor sports reporter Jamie Little joined FOX NASCAR for its 15th season, bringing 13 years of broadcasting experience and a lifetime of racing knowledge to her pit reporting duties in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series. Her assignments also include select additional races and special events throughout the year.
Prior to joining FOX, Little spent 13 years at ESPN/ABC as a reporter for NASCAR IndyCar Series, Winter X Games and Summer X Games telecasts. Her television career began in 2002 as a reporter for ESPN immediately following graduation from college. She also has worked for SPEED, NBC and TNN.
Little grew up first in Lake Tahoe, Nev., where her mother performed as a showgirl. At the age of 12, the family moved to Las Vegas, and her mother transitioned into a new career in retail jewelry. Being raised by a single mom, “She taught me the value of hard work and being able to do anything I wanted to do.
“After moving to Las Vegas, I met Carey Hart (freestyle motocross, motorcycle racer and off-road truck racer), and he introduced me to Supercross racing,” she explained “I loved it. I was the girl in Green Valley High School that would show up with my dirt bike rider magazines. I had a love for anything with a motor. I loved the sport and what the athletes were all about. But I also saw there were no women who covered this sport, only models in the magazines. I wanted to be a woman with a voice, and this inspired me to create a new role for myself.”
While still in college, she reported on various motor sports for ESPN2 and also served as a live announcer in Supercross. Little graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in journalism. In 2002, her first live national broadcasting debut was covering a variety of motor sports events for FOX Sports’ SPEED including the network’s live coverage of Daytona Supercross.
Little was the first female pit reporter for the television broadcast of the Indianapolis 500, the first female to cover a televised Supercross and Motocross event and one of the first female reporters in X Games history. Little has covered 11 IIndianapolis 500s, eight Brickyard 400s and hosted a variety of non-racing sporting events ranging from Paintball Championships to the Great Outdoor Games, in addition to live announcing roles in Motocross and Supercross.
As for others who inspired Little, “I look up to Savannah Guthrie (journalist and attorney for NBC News) and Katie Couric. These women who are just so strong, so good at their jobs, so intelligent with their viewers, have fun while they are doing it, and it shows.”
As one of the first women who has covered racing, Little is thrilled to see a new generation of women who want to cover racing. “They love racing and want to do what I do as a career. I get emails from young girls asking me for help and guidance.”
Little serves on the board of Speedway Children’s Charities “to help the children of this community. In 2014, we donated $150,000 to various organizations that help children.”
In 2013, she released her first book, “Essential Car Care for Women,” and she has worked the red carpet for the ESPYs, in addition to hosting numerous NASCAR events away from the track. The popular racing video game “MX World Tour Featuring Jamie Little” bears her name and likeness. She also appeared in feature films, “Fantastic Four” and “Supercross the Movie” starring Channing Tatum. Living in Las Vegas, Little is married and the mother of a young son. With her many firsts in motor sports broadcasting, Jamie Little is truly a Fearless Female.