Sarah Kustok, YES’ groundbreaking, Emmy Award-winning Brooklyn Nets game analyst, has been named to Cynopsis Media’s “Top Women in Sports” list, which recognizes the top women in media.
In the words of Cynopsis, Kustok is among those “…trailblazers who are pushing the industry forward, while empowering and inspiring others. These honorees are innovators, risk-takers and those instrumental in executing strategy, in categories that cover entertainment, tech and sports media.”
Kustok was named in the “Game Changing On Air Talent” category. She and all other Cynopsis honorees will be recognized during a virtual event in October. Here is a list of all of the honorees.
Kustok joined YES in 2012 as Nets courtside reporter. The 2017-18 NBA season marked Kustok’s first as YES’ primary game analyst. In 2020, Kustok won the New York Emmy Award for Sports Analyst, the first time a woman had won that award in New York. Her Nets broadcast partner Ian Eagle won the 2020 New York Emmy Award for Play-by-Play, thus marking the first time that a broadcast team won New York Emmys for Play-by-Play and Analyst in the same year.
A 2004 Communications graduate of DePaul, Kustok was a standout on the Blue Demons women’s basketball team which reached the NCAA tournament in 2003 and 2004. In November 2018, Kustok was inducted into her alma mater Carl Sandburg High School’s (Orland Park, Ill.) Athletic Hall of Fame, and she was inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.