Bob Costas is an American sportscaster famous for his long tenure with NBC Sports, from 1980 through 2019. He has earned 28 Emmy awards for his work and was the prime-time host of 11 Olympic Games from 1992 until 2016. Costas is known as a smart interviewer with encyclopedic knowledge and a wicked sense of humor.
He was born in the borough of Queens, New York, the son of Jayne (Quinlan) and John George Costas, an electrical engineer. His father's roots are Greek, from the island of Kalymnos in the Aegean Sea, and his mother is of Irish and German descent. He grew up primarily in Commack, New York, graduating from Commack High School South. Following high school, Costas majored in communications at Syracuse University. He left school before graduating to accept a job at radio giant KMOX in St. Louis. Later he received an honorary degree from Syracuse's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.