Kristen Lee Budden
March 9, 1984
|Education||Broadcast journalism degree, Missouri School of Journalism|
|Alma mater||University of Missouri|
Kristen Lee "Kris" Budden (born March 9, 1984) is an American sports reporter currently working for ESPN. Budden is known for reporting on the San Diego Padres as well as being a current sideline reporter for college football and college basketball.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 9, 1984, Budden moved with her family at age 10 to Dallas, Texas. As a teenager, she shadowed her godfather at his anchor job at WFAA. She attended Trinity Christian Academy, in the Dallas suburb of Addison, where she was a two-time state champion with the school's tennis team. She went on to graduate with honors from University of Missouri's School of Journalism with a broadcast journalism degree.
Budden's first job was as a weekend sports anchor at WCAV in Charlottesville, Virginia. Within 18 months, she moved to WBIR in Knoxville, Tennessee, to work as both a sports anchor and reporter covering the Tennessee Volunteers' athletics programs. Over the course of six years, Budden covered the men's and women's NCAA and SEC basketball tournaments, the 2012 Summer Olympics and Pat Summitt's retirement. At WBIR, Budden received the Tennessee Associated Press Broadcasters' award for Best Breaking Sports News and posted four consecutive second-place finishes in the Best Sports Feature category.
In August 2013, Budden moved to San Diego, California, after accepting a position with Fox Sports. She was, at first, a part of the Fox NFL broadcast crew. In March 2014, she became the sideline reporter for the Padres broadcasts and a fill-in host for the team's pre- and post-game shows. Prior to the 2014 NCAA college football season, she began coverage, mainly as a sideline reporter, for Fox Sports.
Budden is married to Mario Toledo, who was a member of the University of Tennessee men's tennis team from 2000 to 2002. They met in 2012, when she took a lesson from him at a Knoxville racquet club. They were married in Charleston, South Carolina, in April 2014. During Budden's career covering the Padres, Toledo got a job as the assistant tennis coach at Pepperdine University. The couple then moved to Los Angeles, and she switched to covering college football.
- "On Air: Kris Budden". foxsports.com. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
- "Kris Budden: About Me". krisbudden.com. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
- "Real Weddings: Kris + Mario Keep Perspective While Planning From Afar". bridentitycrisis.com. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
- "Kris Budden announces tonight is her last game with the Padres". gaslampball.com. October 1, 2014. Retrieved November 22, 2015.