Lisa Salters welcomed home as Grand Marshal

Traditionally, the new school year begins with the annual “Be A Part From The Start” event for the freshmen. These newcomers gather together from all colleges and pour into recreation hall to learn a little more about the place we call “Happy Valley.”

Homecoming's Executive Director Ally Berdan had the pleasure of joining in the tradition by revealing the 2018 Penn State Homecoming grand marshal to Penn State’s freshest faces. The grand marshal is someone who embodied the values and mission of Penn State during their time here and continued that dedication beyond graduation, making notable achievements in his or her field, and demonstrating what it truly means to be a Nittany Lion.

Lisa Salters, class of 1988, is a former member of the Lady Lions basketball team and a graduate from the College of Communications with a degree in broadcast journalism. She is now a member of ESPN as a sportscaster, where she has covered notable events such as the FIFA World Cup and the Olympics, but also has covered hard-hitting news in her career such as the OJ Simpson trials and the Iraq War. Just recently, Lisa was named as part of the new Monday Night Football commentating team, where she will provide sideline coverage during the 2018 season.

Lisa has been a featured correspondent for ESPN’s Emmy-winning E:60 news magazine since 2007. She has earned a 2017 Sports Emmy Award for documenting transgender high school track and field athlete Matt Dawkins in “Life as Matt,” a 2009 Gracie Award for Best Feature from the Association for Women in Radio and Television, and a Sports Emmy nomination for the 2008 story on organ donation, “Ray of Hope.”

Alumni Relations Director Sarah Leipham said, “Our goal when choosing a Grand Marshal is to select a Penn State alum who has made an impact not just during their time here at Penn State, but also long after graduation. Lisa Salters was a clear choice due to her numerous achievements in journalism and devotion to delivering quality news stories to audiences for decades. We are thrilled to welcome Lisa back home for Homecoming 2018.”

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