Hazel Mae, born April 7, 1970 in Tagbilaran City, Philippines, is regarded as one of the most popular sportscaster in Canada. The wife of Kevin Barker, an ex-MLB baseman, with whom she parents a pre-school son. Mae worked for Sportsnet until 2004, when she left to work for NESN SportsDesk. Mae returned on November 14, 2011. Mae grew up in Toronto and began her sports broadcasting career hosting a sports update show on campus at York University.
Talking about her professional achievements, Hazel is best known for her tenure at reputed sports networks such as MLB, NESN and Sportsnet. In addition to her duties on Sportsnetnews, Mae was the host of JZone, a weekly magazine show dedicated to the world of Major League Baseball's Toronto Blue Jays, also owned by Rogers. Mae began her tenure at Rogers Sportsnet providing sports updates to Rogers Sportsnet radio affiliates throughout Ontario.
In her around 15 years of sports casting career, she has covered and reported on the NHL, MLB (including two World Series titles for the Boston Red Sox), NBA, NFL, Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) and several other important local events. Not only that, Hazel was also a popular figure during her York University days. Impressively, she was known as a sports show host back then. Mae also served as host of NESN’s Red Sox week-in-review program, The Ultimate Red Sox Show, and the Boston Bruins top-ten in-season show, The Buzz. On June 2, 2008 NESN announced that Mae would be leaving the network at the end of the month. On June 28, Mae appeared in her final Sportsdesk broadcast. During her tenure at NESN, Mae's popularity was reflected by her nomination to be considered for the first president of Red Sox Nation. The position eventually went to Jerry Remy.
Hazel's sports broadcasting career began at York University, where she updated a sports update show. After graduation in 2001, she joined one of Canada’s all-sports networks, Rogers Sportsnet and anchored the morning edition of Sportsnetnews in 2001. Additionally, she hosted JZone, a weekly magazine show covering Major League Baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays games. She also provided sports updates to Rogers Sportsnet radio affiliates in Ontario.
At this point of time, she was not only taking the Canadian television and radio world by storm but also managed to the make visible impact in the magazine world. Her lingerie pictures of 2002 which were featured in Urban Male Magazine soon became a sensational topic and she became a talk of the town, for being a beautiful sportscaster who is excellent both as sideline reporter and anchor.
From 2004 to 2008, she fulfilled her dream job at Boston based NESN in the United States of America. Besides hosting several other popular shows, Hazel NESN career is especially remembered for her on-screen appearances as the lead anchor of NESN's SportsDesk. Moreover, she was also nominated to be considered for the president of Red Sox Nation. This explains her popularity in the Boston area.