Dari and Mel
Sat 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Dari Nowkhah and Mel Kiper Jr. join you every Saturday morning to cover the world of sports with the newsmakers of the day.
Dari Nowkhah is currently an anchor on SEC Network, regularly appearing on SEC Now and on Saturdays during the college football season. Additionally, he calls play-by-play for men’s basketball and baseball.
Dari joined ESPN in June 2004 as an ESPNEWS anchor and in August 2011 was named the host of ESPNU, the 24-hour college sports network based out of ESPN’s studios in Charlotte, N.C.
Nowkhah, a native of Tulsa, Okla, graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1998 with a degree in broadcast journalism. In 2013 he was recognized by his alma mater and named Young Professional of the Year by the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication. He is married with three children.
Mel Kiper Jr. has served as expert analyst for ESPN’s annual NFL Draft coverage since 1984, providing in-depth scouting information on the nation’s most talented collegiate football players. His breadth of knowledge is unmatched and his pre-draft predictions are frequently the most accurate in the business, often as high as 80 percent correct in his first-round selections.
Kiper makes frequent appearances on SportsCenter, NFL Insiders and NFL Live, and contributes to ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. He and fellow analyst Todd McShay can also be heard on the First Draft podcast.
Kiper grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, where he attended Essex Community College.