San Jose Native Joins Network as Newest Anchor/Reporter for
SportsNet Central and Other Studio Programming
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (August 5, 2013) – Comcast SportsNet (@CSNAuthentic), the home of “Authentic Bay Area Sports,” today announced that San Jose native Fallon Smith (@FallonSmithCSN) has joined its roster of on-air talent as an anchor and reporter and will appear on the network’s signature sports news program SportsNet Central and other studio shows. The announcement was made by Ted Griggs, President of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.
Said Griggs: “We are pleased to welcome Fallon back home to the Bay Area and to Comcast SportsNet. She has deep local roots and is an excellent representative of the network’s commitment to present Northern California’s most comprehensive and authentic coverage of the home town teams. I am confident that Fallon’s reporting and commentary will resonate with the many passionate Bay Area sports fans.”
Added Smith: "I am excited to join the Comcast SportsNet team and humbled to be back home with my family and friends, covering the teams I grew up watching. I am grateful for the opportunity to work for such a prestigious network and with a talented staff both on-air and behind the scenes. There's no place like home, and no place in the country like the Bay Area, our sports and our fans."
Smith journeys back to Northern California after spending the last two years (2011-2013) at WATE-TV (ABC) in Knoxville, Tenn. covering the Southeastern Conference, the University of Tennessee Volunteers, and other East Tennessee sports. Prior to her tenure in Knoxville, Smith spent three years (2008-2011) at KCWY-TV (NBC) in Casper, Wyo. where she became the first woman to win the Wyoming Association of Broadcasters Sports Anchor/Reporter of the Year award (2011). Before KCWY, Smith worked at the Tennis Channel (2006-2008) and at KTLA-TV (CW) in Los Angeles, Calif. (2006-2007).
Smith is a graduate of Gunderson High School in San Jose where she was student body president and salutatorian, and played basketball, volleyball, softball and ran cross country. She was a Wendy’s High School Heisman Award finalist for California, a program honoring high school seniors who excel in sports, academics and community involvement. Smith received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications and Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2006. While at UCLA, she was on the Bruins Rowing Team her freshman year, and served as a sports anchor/reporter for the campus television station Bruins News 29.
Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and Comcast SportsNet California, both part of NBC Sports Regional Networks, serve more than four million households in Northern California, Nevada, Southern Oregon and Hawaii. Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, the television home of MLB’s San Francisco Giants, NBA’s Golden State Warriors, AFL’s San Jose SaberCats and the official regional sports network of the San Francisco 49ers, also features a robust lineup of Emmy Award-winning news, analysis and original programming. Comcast SportsNet California offers live coverage of MLB’s Oakland Athletics, NBA’s Sacramento Kings, NHL’s San Jose Sharks, MLS’s San Jose Earthquakes and is the official regional sports network of the Oakland Raiders. Collectively, these networks deliver more than 600 live sporting events per year, over 1,500 live studio shows, including SportsNet Central, Yahoo! SportsTalk Live, Pregame Live, Postgame Live, Press Conference Live, as well as compelling digital content, up-to-the-minute scores, highlights and breaking news via www.CSNBayArea.com and www.CSNCalifornia.com. Follow both networks on Twitter via @CSNAuthentic.
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