The Lisa Byington Award is presented annually to the most outstanding female broadcaster in the Big Ten Network StudentU program.
The winner receives an immersive experience in Chicago where she will have the opportunity to work with Big Ten Network producers, announcers, and consultants to record segments at Big Ten Network's studios and work on a demo reel.
Minnesota's Emma Carpenter is the winner for 2023.
Lisa Byington surprised Carpenter on Zoom to let her know, and the Minnesota Golf athlete & star StudentU broadcaster?s reaction is below.
In 2022, Regan Holgate, a 2022 Michigan State graduate, was the inaugural Lisa Byington Award winner. In winning the award, Regan was recognized as that year's most outstanding female broadcaster in the Big Ten Network StudentU program.
As the winner, Regan visited the Big Ten Network's Chicago studios and worked with producers, on-air talent, and executives as she continues to develop her sports broadcasting career.
Regan visits the Big Ten Network HQ
Lisa Byington calls Regan to break the news
About Lisa Byington
Byington, a 1997 Northwestern graduate, was a two-sport student-athlete for the Wildcats in basketball and soccer. She has been at Big Ten Network since the network's inception in 2007 and has broadcast numerous Big Ten sports for BTN in that time. Byington also became the first female play-by-play broadcaster for Big Ten football in 2017 and the first female play-by-play voice for an NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament game in 2021. In September 2021, she was chosen as the first female play-by-play television broadcaster for an NBA franchise, having joined the broadcast team for the NBA world champion Milwaukee Bucks.