Tompkins, Barry



Seasoned sportscaster best describes Gold Circle inductee Barry Tompkins. Fifty-years in television, he’s a four-time Emmy® Award recipient having starting his career in 1968 at San Francisco station KPIX TV. From there, he’s worked at NBC Network, HBO, ESPN, FOX Sports and currently does the ShoBox and Championship Boxing series for Showtime. Tompkins is a powerhouse, having done play-by-play commentary for the Super Bowl, Rose Bowl, NCAA Final Four, nearly ten Olympic Games, Tour de France, Wimbledon, San Francisco Giants baseball and more than two-hundred World Championship fights. And that’s just a taste of the work he’s done. His sports broadcasting experience is vast and varied. In addition to play-by-play, he’s covered the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA golf events along with the Indy 500 and hockey Stanley Cup. If it’s sports-related, there’s a good chance Tompkins has covered it. Now, marry that extensive sports background with a little fun and you’ll find that he also writes a humor column for the Marin Independent Journal and is a contributing columnist for Comcast Sports Net Bay Area. Add to all of that, Tompkins is a mentor and teachers Storytelling for Television at Dominican University in San Rafael, CA. The message here could be – you get back ten-fold what you give.