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Van Pelt began his career in sportscasting at WTTG-TV, a FOX affiliate in Washington, D.C. in 1990 and then moved on to the Golf Channel, where he worked from 1994 to 2000 as a studio host for some of the network's signature programs. While working for The Golf Channel, Van Pelt fostered a strong relationship with golf great Tiger Woods and when ESPN was looking for a new anchor, he was approached because of his on air presence as well as his close connection with Woods. ESPN undoubtedly offered him a job knowing that a close relationship with Woods would help the network as well as increase visibility of Golf on the national level. Van Pelt offered in an interview with "The Shield and Diamond" (The Official Publication of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity) that he and Tiger still maintain a close friendship and "it's nice to have [tiger] in my cell phone, he's a good person to have connections with and an even better man to call a friend." After that, he signed on with ESPN in 2001. He serves as an anchor for SportsCenter and is one of ESPN's golf correspondents, covering the Majors, and is also the co-host of Tirico and Van Pelt on ESPN Radio alongside Mike Tirico.
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