Through his athletic career and entertaining at some of the highest levels throughout his life, Jon Root always knew without a doubt, he would have a career in sports and entertainment. His contagious personality, unrivaled work ethic and vast sports knowledge, has led to great success in the industry. In 2016, Jon was one of the youngest hosts in major professional sports and has established himself as a fan favorite and well known face in the San Francisco Bay Area as the San Jose Sharks in-arena/digital media host. He currently hosts and produces the most successful video series in Sharks history, "Off Days".
Ever since he was in grade school, Jon has been a part of highly competitive, elite athletics, traveling across the country for tournaments and events. He spent two years on one of the best AAU basketball programs in Northern California (Lakeshow), while lettering and serving as captain as a three-sport athlete in high school. He helped lead both his basketball and football teams to multiple league titles, two section championship game appearances while receiving all-league selections before taking his football career to the NCAA Division II level at Azusa Pacific University. Not only was he an athlete but Jon was also an entertainer, broadcaster and host in college. During this time, you could also see Jon hosting school-wide rallies as well as broadcasting baseball, basketball, volleyball and water polo games throughout the year.
At Azusa Pacific University, Jon studied Media Communications. While attending APU, Jon was a member of the football team, leader/founder of the university's student section (APU The ZU), writer and contributor for APU Athletics website and social channels, while serving as broadcaster for APU Sports Information department along with the on-campus news station, APU Capture.
Jon also worked for two different news stations during the summer months while he was a undergraduate. First, he worked for KCRA 3 - Sacramento as an assistant to the head sports anchor and then for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area (now NBC Sports Bay Area/California) as a newsroom/marketing assistant. This is where he honed his on-camera skills and learned from some of the best in the industry.
A month before graduation in April of 2015, an opportunity was presented to be the in-game host for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes - minor league affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. This provided Jon with the perfect combination of sports and entertainment he was looking for while gaining on-camera experience that would prove to be extremely valuable as a host/reporter. Jon worked with the mascots, corporate sponsorship and marketing departments throughout the season to create theme nights and promotional events. While working for the Quakes, Jon hosted the 2015 MiLB High-A All-Star game held in Rancho Cucamonga.
After a successful season where the Quakes won the California League Championship, Jon's passion for sports and entertainment was at an all-time high. He thrived in an atmosphere where he could express his sports knowledge while entertaining thousands of fans through his energetic personality.
In September 2015, Jon was hired to be the first-ever in-arena host for the San Jose Barracuda, the American Hockey League affiliate of the San Jose Sharks. Jon served as the hype man/rinkside reporter, interviewing players during intermissions, performing skits with the mascot and promotional contests throughout the game. His unique personality and professionalism has led to moving up to hosting on the major professional level faster than almost anyone in the industry. Sharks management took notice of Jon's success and shortly after the NHL All-Star break, he was promoted to in-arena host for the big club in his first season. For the remainder of the 2015-16 season, Jon served as in-arena host/reporter for both the Sharks and Barracuda where he hosted games and reported at various team events during a season where the Sharks made their first-ever Stanley Cup Final appearance.
Currently, Jon is the digital media/in-arena host for the San Jose Sharks (NHL). He hosts pre-game, during TV timeouts, stoppages in play and intermissions. Jon can also be seen at various community events such as: viewing parties, kids club and Sharks Foundation events, as well as hosting "Off Days" which features backstories on Sharks players, “The Chomp” - Sharks first ever IGTV series and reporting at events for Sharks digital platforms.
Jon believes that sports brings people together unlike anything else, which is why he enjoys entertaining and putting smiles on fan's faces from all over the world through a career that can only be coined as a blessing. Sports and entertainment will always be a huge part of his uptempo, fun-loving, active lifestyle. He is looking forward to taking his career to the next level working for a major sports network while continuing to work with brands such as Adidas, Upper Deck & more!
photos by Brandon Magnus and Emily Sizemore