Bryant Gumbel was born to Richard and Rhea Gumbel on September 29, 1948 in New Orleans. He graduated in 1970 from Bates College in Maine.
Gumbel began his television career in 1972 when he landed the sportscaster job on KNBC-TV of Los Angeles. From 1975 until 1982, Gumbel hosted numerous sporting events for NBC Sports and was a sought after sports anchor.
He landed the job he is most famous for while he filled in as a substitute for Jane Pauley on the Today Show. The producers offered him the job as co-anchor opposite Jane Pauley, a job which lasted from 1982 until 1997. When he left the Today show, he headed to CBS and hosted the Early Show where he stayed until 2002.
He earned many awards during his career including several Emmy awards, NAACP awards, and journalism awards. After a highly public divorce from first wife June Gumbel, amid accusations of infidelity and a long fight over alimony and support issues, Gumbel remarried to Hilary Quinlan, a longtime friend. Now 62, he has remained somewhat out of the spotlight and is enjoying his life with his second wife and family.