COMCAST SPORTSNET HIRES AIYANA CRISTAL AS FULL-TIME REPORTER/ANCHOR FOR “SPORTSNET CENTRAL”AND ADDITIONAL ON-AIR/ONLINE INITIATIVES
Chicago, IL (September 12, 2013) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, today officially announced the hiring of sportscaster Aiyana Cristal as its newest on-air talent member for the network’s signature nightly sports news program, SportsNet Central. Cristal will primarily handle on-site reporting duties covering a variety of Chicago’s professional, collegiate and high school sports stories, along with co-anchoring the program on occasion. In addition, Cristal, who will begin her on-air duties at Comcast SportsNet on September 14, will also host viewer interactive studio segments on the network’s post-game shows, along with a variety of digital initiatives that will be showcased on CSNChicago.com. The announcement was made by Kevin Cross, News Director for Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
“We are very excited to bring someone of Aiyana’s sports reporting experience and enthusiasm for local sports to our network,” said Cross. “Covering the four major pro sports teams during her time in Miami has prepared her for a similar workload here at Comcast SportsNet. We are looking forward to her joining our already talented roster.”
Cristal most recently was a sports reporter for WPLG-TV, the ABC affiliate in Miami, FL, covering the city’s local professional and collegiate sports scene, in particular, handling beat reporting duties for the NBA’s Miami Heat and NFL’s Miami Dolphins. Prior to her stint in Miami, Cristal was a sports anchor/reporter for KTHV-TV, the CBS affiliate in Little Rock, AR from 2010-12 where she anchored/produced a weekly, hour-long sports talk show, along with reporting/anchoring duties covering the area’s collegiate and preps sports scene. In addition to her free-lance reporting work at the Chicago-based Big Ten Network in 2008, Cristal’s sportscasting career also included stints at WICD-TV, the ABC affiliate in Champaign, IL (2007-08), along with regional sports network stops at Comcast Southeast Sports (CSS) in Duluth, GA and Fox Sports Net South in Atlanta, GA.
A native of Tacoma, WA, Cristal was a standout four-year varsity hurdler in high school before heading off to Georgia State University on a Fulbright Scholarship, where she graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism in 2005.