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Bryant Gumbel’s Son, Bradley Gumbel: Everything You Should Know About Him

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Bradley Gumbel (fully, Bradley Christopher Gumbel) is the son of a television journalist and sportscaster, Bryant Gumbel. His father is best known for his 15 years as co-host of NBC’s Today. Since 1995, Bryant has hosted HBO’s acclaimed investigative series Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. The Los Angeles Times has rated the show as “flat out TV’s best sports program.”

Gumbel is the son of Bryant and his ex-wife, June Baranco. His father’s immense achievements have often overshadowed his own identity. In fact, people have barely come to know about him other than on few occasions when he managed to entangle himself in court matters.

Down in the article lies the fullest information regarding Bradley’s professional as well as personal life. The content also includes details regarding his current whereabouts. Additionally, know about the relationship of Chris with his celebrity father and mother along with the insights into his own married life, children, and much more.

Bryant Gumbel’s Early Life and Family

Bradley Gumbel was born on new year’s day 1979. As of 2021, he is 42 years old.

Bradley Gumbel with his sister, Jillian
Bradley Gumbel with his sister, Jillian. Source: Facebook

Brad’s great-great-great-grandfather was a German-Jewish immigrant from Albisheim, a municipality in the Donnersbergkreis, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. His father’s second great grandfather was a white man who arrived in Louisiana midway through the Civil War. Brad also has a bit of Ashkenazi Jew DNA from his father’s side.

From his mother’s side, Chris is of Creole/Cajun race. His maternal uncle, Joe was a U.S. Army veteran, having received two Purple Hearts, the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and Vietnam Campaign Medal.

Brad’s paternal uncle, Greg Gumbel is a television sportscaster. He is famous for his various assignments for CBS Sports (most notably, the National Football League and NCAA basketball). Likewise, Gumbel Jr. has an aunt named, Reene Gumbel.

June Baranco wishing his son on National Sons Day
June Baranco wishing his son on National Sons Day. Source: Instagram

Gumbel attended Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla but later left the institution for Manhattanville College. He, however, didn’t finish his education there, either.

He was a member of Columbia Prep basketball star and used to be a media event planner during the early 2000s.

June Baranco’ siblings

Bradley is the eldest child of Bryant and his ex-wife, June. He has a younger sister, Jillian Gumbel (born 1983). She is a fitness trainer who teaches yoga, transcendental meditation, and mobility yoga for athletes.

June's daughter, Gillian is mom to two children
Bradley’s sister, Gillian is a mother of two children. Source: Instagram

Gumbel’s sister studied Bachelor of Science at Sarah Lawrence College. She also studied at the University of Colorado Boulder for two years before dropping out. Jillian married William Russell Robins in 2011, and together, they are the parents of two boys.

Bradley Gumbel’s Parents Are Successful Individual

As mentioned Bradley’s father Bryant Charles Gumbel is a journalist and sportscaster famous for NBC’s Today and Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel. His dad was the first to announce the September 11 attacks to CBS viewers. Brad’s old man is also famous for appearing on the NBC sitcom Seinfeld as himself. He is a four times Emmy winner and the champion of the Peabody award.

Bradley Gumbel's father, Bryant Gumbel
Bradley’s father, Bryant Gumbel at The TODAY Show 60th Anniversary Celebration, Edison Ballroom, New York, NY January 12, 2012. Photo By: Desiree Navarro/Everett Collection

Bradley’s mother, June Branco, a former flight attendant is now a milliner and running her business, Geaux Chapeaux in Westchester County, New York. The company offers handmade hats, headpieces, and bridal millinery.

His parents, Bryant and June were married for 28 years. They married on December 1, 1973, at a Catholic church in Baton Rouge, La.

Bradley's mother and sister, June and Jillian
Bradley’s mother and sister, June and Jillian. Source: Instagram

Things turned sour between Brad’s parents in the late ’90s and early 2000s. The time marked the beginning of their rift owing to Bryant’s infidelity with his mistress, Hilary Quinlan who is now Bradley and Jillian’s stepmother. Christopher’s parents legally separated in 2001 after a lot of controversies and headlines.

His father, Gumbel Sr. married Quinlan in August 2002. The duo has been together ever since.

Bradley Gumbel Went Behind The Bars, Twice

In August 2002, officials arrested Gumbel on the charge of robbing then 31-year-old interior designer Mary Jane Balish at 2:10 a.m. Apparently, Gumbel was visiting his girlfriend’s home which happened to be in East 71st Street, also the vicinage where the woman’s dome was located. She was walking along Manhattan’s posh Upper East Side.

The victim initially defined the man as a tall black man with a shaved head, wearing a white shirt and black pants that matched Gumbel Jr.’s stature. Upon further investigation, the jury found the mugger was rather somebody else and ruled the case as a matter of identification error.

Although the court, ordered to release Brad, the police explained he was let go of the case without a full investigation. They also added that he would have been held behind the bars a bit longer had he not been the son of a celebrity.

Gumbel’s father Bryant later argued the police caught his son because of his race rather than by a mistake.


Six years later, in November 2008, Bradley was again confronted by the police; only this time, it had nothing to do with his identity. The authorities instead arrested him for an alleged DUI.

NY State Troopers stopped the eldest child of Gumbel around 3 AM after they noticed his 2005 Toyota 4-Runner SUV drifting abruptly on the highway. When they slowed down the vehicle, cops said Gumbel was sleeping and his breath smelled of alcohol. Brad’s blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit for DUI. The six-foot-five New Yorker also broke the law for driving with a suspended license.

Does Bradley Have A Girlfriend?

Considering his age, it would be a near-impossible statement to say, Bryant’s son is yet to date a person. In fact, at one instance, reports confirmed he was dating somebody.

The fact emerged during his infamous 2002 mistaken identity case. The moment when the woman was robbed in the middle of the night also overlapped with the timing when Bradley was visiting his girlfriend’s home, claimed NY Post August 2002. However, the Infos with respect to Brad’s then dating partner remained a mystery in part to the media focusing heavily on the arrest and nothing else.

Consequently, it would become the only time sources have said anything regarding Gumbel Jr’s romantic aspects.

Is Bradley Gumbel Married?

Gumbel’s son has led an extremely secretive life since the late 2000s. He has barely talked about his married life and there are no details on whether he has a wife.

He last made his public appearance, with his father, at UNICEF Book Party held in The Lamb’s Club on September 15, 2014, in New York City. His mother June, though revealed a recent most picture of him on national son’s day on September 29, 2020.

Since then, the former Manhattanville student has been nothing but a closed book. Subsequently, the facts with respect to his marital status are up to anyone’s guesses.

Sources suggest he resides in Westchester County, New York. Considering his preference for a moderate lifestyle, it is believed he lives in Waccabuc, a place considered New York’s Secret Suburb. The community is home to a collection of privacy-loving CEOs and several such stars.