Bruce Beck has been part of the NBC 4 New York team for over two decades. Now in his 24th year, he serves as the station's Lead Sports Anchor and is the host of NBC 4’s popular Sunday night sports show "Sports Final." Beck also works as the sideline reporter for New York Giants pre-season football.
The National Sports Media Association (NSMA) has named Beck “New York State Sportscaster of the Year” on nine separate occasions, earning the honor six consecutive years from 2007 through 2012, as well as in 2014, 2015 and 2017. He received a 2011 New York Sports Emmy for his interview with former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand and received the 2006 New York Emmy for Outstanding Sports Anchor. He was also the recipient of a 1999 New York Emmy Award for outstanding On-Camera Achievement in Sports Reporting. Overall, Beck has received eight New York Sports Emmys, two Mid-Atlantic Sports Emmy, and three national Cable Ace Awards.
A proud graduate of Ithaca College, Beck was presented with the prestigious Jessica Savitch Award of Distinction for Excellence in Journalism on March 10, 2017 at the Paley Center for Media in New York City. The Savitch Award was established in honor of Ithaca College alumna and pioneering journalist Jessica Savitch, recognizing the top journalists in their field and their commitment to mentoring the next generation of broadcasters.
The versatile sportscaster has covered a multitude of events for NBC 4 New York including six Super Bowls, six World Series, the NBA Finals, the Stanley Cup Finals, the U.S. Open Tennis Championship, the U.S. Open Golf Championship, the NCAA Final Four, the Kentucky Derby and the 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018 Olympic Games.
Beck’s reporting was also a key component of NBC 4 New York’s award-winning COVID-19 coverage, honored in January, 2021 with the prestigious Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for “creat(ing) a 360 view in real time of the coronavirus pandemic, with courageous and thorough reporting on the virus’s explosion in New York City.” The duPont has long been recognized as the broadcast, documentary and on-line equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, also awarded by Columbia University.
Beck serves as the co-host of WNBC and WNJU’s annual Health and Fitness Expo at MetLife Stadium. He was the host of WNBC-TV's coverage of the ING New York City Marathon. He also hosted the Toyota Giants Report with Coach Tom Coughlin, and The Rutgers Report with Coach Greg Schiano. He has hosted and contributed to a number of WNBC-TV specials including the Stanley Cup Final, The Belmont Stakes, the U.S. Open Golf Championship, and "Glory Days," which preceded New York Yankees postseason games. In addition, Beck has hosted the Sun America Sports Desk and the All-State Sports Update for NBC Sports, and served as a sideline reporter for the network's coverage of the NBA and WNBA on NBC.
Beck has been the host of Rutgers University athletics programming for 25 years and is currently the host of Knightlife and A Slice of Knightlife on their on-line component, ScarletKnights.com.
Beck, who was a studio anchor for NBA-TV from 2000 to 2008, also hosted “Sportstalk and “Sports Images” on CN8, the Comcast Network from 1994 to 1997. He also was the play-by-play voice of Atlantic 10 Conference Basketball and Hofstra University Football and called college basketball games for CBS Sports. He was the host of CBS' coverage of the Hambletonian and the American Championship Harness Series on ESPN. Beck was a play-by-play voice and host for Showtime's Championship Boxing and one of the first to call the blow-by-blow on the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He also calls the blow-by-blow for Top Rank Boxing on ESPN Plus.
From 1982 to 1994, Beck was a staff broadcaster with the MSG Network. Among his many duties, he hosted the station's coverage of the Knicks, Rangers, and Yankees. He was the play-by-play announcer for college football and basketball, professional and Golden Gloves boxing, and professional tennis. He hosted the Millrose Games, the Virginia Slims Championship, the National Horse Show and the Lou Carnesecca Show.
For the past 20 summers, Beck has run a Sports Broadcasting Camp – first at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center in Montclair, NJ – and currently at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY. The Bruce Beck Sports Broadcasting Camp is considered one of the best of its kind in the country, teaching the fundamentals of broadcasting and featuring lectures by some of the top announcers and athletes in the New York area. It fosters the development of the next generation of Sports Broadcasters.
In May of 2009, Beck was chosen by St. John's University to deliver the commencement speech to its Staten Island Campus. He also received an Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree.
Each Thanksgiving for the past 22 years, Beck and his family have served those in need at the St. John's Bread and Life Program, the largest soup kitchen in Brooklyn. Among his other charitable endeavors are the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation, Children’s Aid Society, Westchester Medical Center, White Plains Hospital, Tackle Kids Cancer, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, the March of Dimes, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Special Olympics New York and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Hudson Valley.
Beck resides in Westchester County with his wife, Janet. He has two sons, two daughters-in-law and four grandchildren.