Jack Arute, the ABC Television Network's top pit reporter and college football sideline reporter, joined ABC Sports in 1984.
Arute's assignments for ABC Sports also include working as a reporter for college basketball and the Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
Arute has covered motorsports events for the network since he made his debut on "ABC's Wide World of Sports'" live telecast of the National Championship Sprint Car Racing in April 1984. He also has covered the U.S. Grand Prix Motocross Championships for "Wide World" and the network's same-day coverage of the Grand Prix of Monaco. Since 1984, he has been a member of ABC Sports' Indianapolis 500 broadcast team as a pit reporter. For the last 10 years, he has appeared on ABC's IndyCar, IRL, NASCAR Winston Cup and International Race of Champions (IROC) coverage.
Arute served as a reporter for ABC Sports' coverage of cycling, tennis and soccer during the Pan American Games, and for Super Bowl pre-game coverage and the Tournament of Roses Parade. Most recently, he hosted the Luge World Championships from Altenburg, Germany, for "Wide World."
Arute also appears regularly on ESPN. He has appeared on ESPN's auto racing coverage since 1984. He hosts "Indy Racing2Day," devoted to coverage of the Indy Racing Northern Light Series.
He has also hosted its coverage of Street Luge during the Summer X-Games; Super Modified Shovel Racing and Downhill Mountain Biking on ESPN's Winter X-Games coverage; as well as Timber and Dog events on the network's "Great Outdoor Games."
Additionally, Arute is the host of ESPN Radio's weekend "GAMEDAY" every Saturday and Sunday from 3:00-7:00 p.m. On the show he talks about all sports and interviews the week's sports headliners.
Arute is a two-time recipient of the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association Award for Television. He has been similarly cited for his TV work by the National Motorsports Press Association, and received their Broadcaster of the Year Award in 1988.
In his spare time he competes in sprint car races, as well as serving as president of his family's NASCAR racetrack, the Stafford (Connecticut) Motor Speedway.
The 49-year-old broadcaster is married to Wendy; they reside on a horse farm in Suffield, Connecticut, that was built in 1764.