Sharon Annie Heilbrunn is an engaging sports personality who gets the game AND, easily invites the viewer to experience it. A female voice in the sports world who is likable, compelling, talented, witty, smart and relatable. She is “turnkey” — meaning she can do it all. Sharon hosts, anchors, reports, shoots, edits and creates. She can do a live-shot and hard-hitting story one day and then get on-camera to go surfing with an athlete the next. Sharon delivers information with authority but also has a dynamic personality. She isn’t afraid to step outside the box.
Currently, Sharon covers sports for The San Diego Union-Tribune and also reports and hosts for Fox Sports San Diego.
In addition, Sharon is the co-host of “The Sports Page with Acee and Annie” — a live, daily local sports show.
Sharon has also worked as a correspondent for NBC’s “Football Night In San Diego.”
Not only does Sharon report the news on the San Diego Chargers and Padres, but she also created a miniseries called “Overtime With Annie” where each week, she takes a player OFF the field to showcase his hobbies, passions and personality. Through her solid relationships, Sharon is able to get exclusive content and accessibility to players and the lives they lead outside of the locker room. In addition, she delivers live hits for the show and reports from Chargers games.
After graduating from San Diego State University with a degree in journalism, Sharon moved to New York City to work with MTV Networks. There, she worked on Total Request Live and interviewed celebrities live on-air — including Justin Timberlake (who gave her a hug).
Upon returning to San Diego, she pursued a career in print journalism as a staff writer with The San Diego Union-Tribune. It was there that she crafted her reporting skills, covering everything from breaking news to high-profile features.
In January 2009, Sharon left the Union-Tribune after being accepted as a Jacobs Fellow with KPBS, a nonprofit radio and television station. Under the Jacobs Project for Reporting Excellence, Sharon was able to explore innovative ways of storytelling and reporting across various platforms, including Web, TV and radio. She took to the “one-woman band” style of reporting and quickly carved herself a niche with the station’s weekly TV show, “San Diego Week,” as a digital reporter. In that role, Sharon produced meaningful reports on community, political and social issues.
Now, Sharon works the football and baseball beats, covering the Chargers and Padres as a multimedia reporter for The San Diego Union-Tribune. She is the first person in the company to have transitioned herself from a print reporter to a full-time broadcast journalist. She helped co-create a weekly series called “Chargers Roll” that features in-depth interviews with the team’s most high-profile players, and her “Out and About” videos — which feature players and fans — are some of the most popular videos on the Union-Tribune website.
Sharon isn’t afraid to push boundaries and is known for delivering everything from witty, entertaining interviews to stories and conversations with athletes that are emotional, revealing and sincere.
You can find her resume here.