About Barry Tompkins biography
Barry was born and raised in San Francisco and began his career in local television there at KPIX-TV in 1968. Since then he has spent five years at NBC, ten years at HBO, eight years at ESPN, and the past fourteen years at Fox Sports.
His credits include play-by-play commentary of The Super Bowl, the Rose Bowl, the NCAA Final Four, eight Olympic Games, The Tour de France, Wimbledon, the French Open and the U.S. Open Tennis, the World Gymnastics Championships, World Swimming and Diving Championships, World Figure Skating Championships, and horse racing’s Triple Crown, World Cup Skiing, San Francisco Giants baseball, and over 100 World Championship fights.
In addition he has covered the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open, and PGA golf events, The Indy 500, Baseball World Series, hockey’s Stanley Cup, and the Soccer World Cup.
Barry is in his 30th year as the voice of Pac-10 Conference Football and Basketball for Fox Sports Net and continues to broadcast a wide variety of events on national television.
In addition to his broadcasting work, Barry writes a humor column for the Marin Independent Journal and is a contributing columnist for Comcast Sports News Bay Area.
Marin Independent Journal columns
- Birthday wishes to the best kind of friend
- An old friend turned 45 years old this week. Not really a friend in the traditional sense, but rather in the figurative sense. But to be honest, few friends have seen every side of this writer like this old friend.…more (Marin IJ)
- Paris again under siege!
- So, you think we've got problems in our little county? Did a mouse scurry past your feet in search of a dropped morsel of last night's meatloaf? Did you shriek in terror when you saw a shadowy little creature sprint down the hallway along the baseboards? Are you beginning to look at Mickey and Minnie less like the badly dressed couple next door and more like snarky little creatures that are likely to run off with the Christmas turkey?…more (Marin IJ)
- Holiday in the heartland
- I find myself this Fourth of July weekend immersed in Americana. For me this is somewhat out of the ordinary. For almost two decades I was in England during the July 4th celebration, and quite frankly, that was not a holiday worthy of much celebration to the home team. If memory serves, it was on the losing end of the skirmish that gave birth to our homeland and to this day it holds out hope for two out of three. Celebrations are out.…more (Marin IJ)
- Out of My Mind: This dad thing has worked out pretty well
- I've been sitting here thinking about what sort of yarn I might want to impart for this Father's Day.…more (Marin IJ)
- Our toe-pecking poultry problem
- Run! Run for your lives! Well OK, run for your toes. …more (Marin IJ)
- I'm still a devout foodie
- I'M QUITE SURE I have mentioned on several occasions that I am a devout foodie. The pervading thought I generally have over my morning coffee is, "What are we going to do for dinner?" Even though I make my living in television sports, I bare my soul to you — I watch the Food Channel far more than I watch ESPN. …more (Marin IJ)
- What history will tell us about the Miwoks and the Teslans
- I FIND MYSELF absolutely fascinated by the story in this week's IJ about the discovery of some remains and artifacts that archaeologists say could be almost 4,500 years old. The relics were found by workers excavating for the new multimillion-dollar homes being built on the site of the old Niven Nursery in Larkspur. …more (Marin IJ)
- Football players only think they're bulletproof
- I USUALLY DEDICATE this space to life's trivialities. Those things that — when observed closely — just seem kind of silly and thus worth mentioning if only for the sole purpose of a Sunday chuckle.…more (Marin IJ)
- An admirable sense of adventure can take you far
- MANY YEARS AGO when I was young, foolish and bulletproof I did a series for NBC that I called, simply, "Doing It." It was an opportunity to do all the things that I used to lie awake at night dreaming about when I was a kid growing up in the outer reaches of San Francisco's Richmond District. Fancying myself as kind of an urban Errol Flynn — swashbuckling my skinny little heart out and hoping to save the occasional damsel from distress. …more (Marin IJ)