Kim Adams didn’t have much of a choice when it came to falling in love with sports.
She grew up in a family of athletes and sports fanatics in White Plains, New York – a suburb of New York City. Her mom Sue was a Division I basketball player and highly successful high school coach. Her dad Bob also played basketball at the Division I level and had a successful professional career in Europe.
He eventually became an NCAA Division I men’s basketball official. Kim grew up watching him work classic Big East showdowns and a decade's worth of NCAA Tournaments. That's when she really fell in love with the game.
His officiating spilled over to the Adams’ driveway, where one-on-one games between the ever-competitive Kim and her two younger brothers were sometimes banned because they became too intense.
By Kim’s senior year at White Plains High School, she had developed into an All-American swimmer and an All-State basketball player. She received numerous Division I athletic scholarship offers for both sports. Also a strong performer in the classroom, Kim narrowed her choices down to Duke University and Northwestern University for swimming and the University of Pennsylvania for basketball.
Ultimately she followed in her parents’ basketball footsteps and decided to attend Penn, where she was named to the Ivy League All-Rookie Team after her freshman season. Both of Kim’s brothers also went on to become college student-athletes. Ryan played basketball at Ursinus College and Kyle played baseball at the University of Richmond.
During her undergraduate career, Kim completed marketing internships with Major League Baseball and Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia. After graduation she received a full-time job with Turner Sports in television advertising sales.
After two years of working on the business side of sports, Kim decided to go after her dream of becoming a sports broadcaster. She moved to Chicago to attend Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, where noteable sports reporters including Mike Greenberg, Rachel Nichols and Mike Wilbon attended.
During her year at Medill, Kim learned how to report, shoot and edit video, and work in front of and behind the camera. She did sideline reporting for Big Ten basketball games and created her own weekly sports talk show.
After she graduated, Kim was hired by the Big East Conference as a correspondent for its newly-formed Big East Digital Network. She hosted daily digital content and reported from regular season games and championship events for many different sports. She provided full digital and social coverage of Villanova's 2016 National Championship at the Final Four in Houston.
Since then Kim has worked as a college basketball analyst and sideline reporter for outlets including: The ACC Network, CBS Sports Network, ESPN, FOX Sports and Westwood One Sports.
Kim with her mom and high school basketball coach Sue Adams
Kim's dad Bob Adams reffing Steph Curry & Davidson College in the NCAA Tournament
Kim was an All-Ivy League
basketball player at Penn