Marney Gellner, longtime Minnesota sports broadcaster and play-by-play announcer for professional basketball and baseball games, has inked a partnership agreement with Bell Bank, becoming a Bell “Champion.” Marney’s knowledge and humor have made her a widely respected and recognized face and voice in Minnesota sports. As a Bell Bank Champion, she will be featured in advertising and social media, host select customer meet-and-greet events, and connect with Bell in paying it forward through charitable work in the community.
“We’re excited that Marney Gellner has chosen to join our group of Champions,” says Michael Solberg, Bell Bank president and CEO. “Marney is not only one of the Midwest top sports broadcasters, she is also a leader in supporting local charities and making connections between sports and our community. We are proud to team up with Marney and find ways to continue to make the Twin Cities and our region even better.”
With Midwestern roots, Marney grew up in Minot, N.D. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., and her master’s degree from North Dakota State University. She worked in television news and sports for stations in Bismarck, Grand Forks, and Madison, Wis., and freelanced for platforms including the Big Ten Network. Marney was one of few women sports announcers when she started her career. Now described as “at home in any broadcast booth,” Marney has been with Bally (formerly FOX) Sports North since 2002, including stints in sideline reporting, pre-game and post-game analysis hosting and interviews, and play-by-play announcing for the Lynx, Timberwolves and Twins.
Marney has supported numerous local foundations, charities and fundraising events and has co-hosted the annual Twins Diamond Awards, a celebration of baseball, medical research and philanthropy.
“I’m very proud to partner with Bell Bank,” Marney comments. “My own work and approach aligns with Bell’s attention to not only what’s important to our community, but how we can help bring people together to help those around us. There are so many possibilities as we work together!”
Marney joins other Bell Bank Champions including retired NFL star and commentator Ben Leber, college coach Lindsay Whalen, NBA player and Apple Valley native Tyus Jones, retired NHL Stanley Cup winner Matt Cullen, sports radio personality and country singer Chris Hawkey, and professional golfers Tom Hoge and Amy Olson, as well as renowned chef Gavin Kaysen and actor Josh Duhamel.