Shout out to Shannon Cross, the Sports Emmy-nominated associated editor for ESPN.com who recently joined Roland Martin on TV One’s News One Now, as the co- news anchor. She was tapped to be a contributing voice of the daily morning show which airs at 9 a.m. EST. She will join Martin in his analysis of the day’s headlines, discussions with on-set panelists, Skype-net interviews and do various news and entertainment segments. News One Now focuses on news, analysis, entertainment and culture form an African-American perspective. The program streams live on Radio One at 7 a.m. EST. Cross has an extensive background in broadcast news and sports media. During her tenure at ESPN she interviewed the likes of Majic Johnson, Tiger Woods and chronicled the granting of unique sports-related wishes for Make-A-Wish kids. She made her on-air debut alongside Good Morning America host Robin Roberts as a social media correspondent for ESPN’s live-broadcast “Image of the Black Athlete” National Town hall in 2011. She later reprised that role for ESPN’s live coverage of the 2011 NCAA Women’s Final Four basketball tournament. Cross, who also worked as in-studio talent during wrap-up coverage of the 2011 NCAA Women’s College World Series, is among so many talented African-American working behind the scenes in radio and television. The work she did on the ESPN.com original Web series “Mayne Street” earned her a 2009 Sports Emmy Award. She has worked in new outlets in the Charlotte, Hartford and New Haven markets.
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