Rece Davis is an American media personality who is known for his work as a sports journalist on ESPN. With more than 20 years of experience in sports journalism, he has risen to be among the most popular faces on TV in that regard. His career has seen him work with the ABC-affiliate television station WJRT, and then ESPN. Learn more about the biography and other interesting facts about the journalist below.
Rece Davis – Biography
In the media circle, it is as Rece Davis that the TV journalist is known. However, it was William Laurence Davis that was born on December 14, 1965, in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
When he was in high school, Davis was an athlete. He played as a quarterback and shooting guard for his high school’s football and basketball teams respectively. Even though he was one of the fastest in the team and the tallest, he didn’t make a career out of it. In addition, he also played basketball for Muscle Shoals.
The only thing he did better than playing sports was recounting and telling what happened on the field. This made it evident pretty early that his mind was more with the media than ever with being a sportsperson.
After high school, he proceeded to the University of Alabama where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast News and Public Affairs in 1988. Even before his graduation, he started working as a radio personality.
He also worked at WCFT-TV. He then worked with WRBL-TV for five years before going to work for the same station in Flint, Michigan for two years.
Within his short stay at Flint, he had started attracting the interest of many media outfits but he ended up choosing ESPN.
Rece Davis Wife and Kids
Rece Davis is a family man. He has been married to Leigh Langley Davis since 1993. The first time that the couple met was when they were both working at WRBL-TV.
Although the exact date of her birth is not known, it is known that she was raised in Columbus, Georgia. And she got her education from Columbus High School and graduated in 1979. From there, she moved to Auburn University. Later, she went to work for the ABC-affiliated TV station which was not only her dream job, but it also became where she met the man who would later become her husband- her dream man.
Looking for an excuse to talk to Leigh who worked as a sales representative at the station, he walked up to her and pretended he had no idea how to use the fax machine and so he asked for her help. One thing led to another and the two became lovers in no time.
After dating for some time, Rece went on one knee in August 1993, and then by December, they were already man and wife. More than 25 years into their union, the two have been blessed with two kids Chris and Elizabeth.
Salary and Net Worth
With a career that has spanned decades, Rece Davis has rightly paid his dues as a broadcast journalist. It is thanks to this that he has a lot to show as his fortune. Although his exact salary has not been revealed and is only a subject of speculation, he has a net worth that is estimated at $3.5 million US dollars. He has made a better chunk of his wealth from his career as a journalist with ESPN.
Facts About the Journalist
1. Children: While his son has decided to become a baseball player, for now, his daughter, Elizabeth who lives in the New York City area revealed in 2015 that she enjoyed acting and the theatre.
2. He Almost Lost His Son: While sports is something that is not too far from the family, it is not surprising that Chris plays college baseball. Before choosing baseball, he also played basketball and football. In 2018, he suffered an injury that almost cost him his life. After the injury that at first seemed minor, he continued playing until after the game when he went dizzy, and then he lost his sight. However, after multiple surgeries and some time in the ICU, he pulled out well.
3. Rece Davis is a Muscle Shoals High School Athletics Hall of Famer: Considered one of the best in the business, Davis has been inducted into the Muscle Shoals High School Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017.
4. Height: As regards his height, Davis is a man who has a very good height and an athletic build that would have helped him succeed in almost any sport with the right talent. He stands at 6 feet 1 inch tall.