Molly Solomon began her career at NBC Sports as a researcher for its Olympics coverage. Nearly 30 years later, she will lead its coverage.
NBC announced on Tuesday that it has promoted Solomon to executive president and producer of the network's Olympics unit, becoming the first woman to be an executive producer for a network sports division.
Solomon succeeds Jim Bell, who announced Nov. 4 he was leaving the network. She will continue to be executive producer at GOLF Channel, a position she has held since 2012.
"I have three loves in my professional life; it's sports television, the Olympics and golf, so I feel really very fortunate to be able to combine them," Solomon said during a conference call Tuesday. "I really feel like I'm returning to my roots at NBC Olympics.
"My first job out of college nearly 30 years ago was as an Olympic researcher. So over the next 22 years I really climbed the production ladder at NBC Sports More