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ANTONIO HERNÁNDEZ

Telemundo Houston

Antonio Hernández is the mid-day news anchor for Telemundo Houston News Monday - Friday / KTMD Telemundo Houston, which is the local Telemundo station serving the Spanish-speaking community. As part of Telemundo Houston’s news team, Hernández reports the latest and most important news for Houston-area viewers. Hernández joined the station in 2012.


Previously, Hernández worked as a reporter and then principal anchor of local news for Univision 45 Houston / KXLN from 1993 to 2006.


Hernández has received several awards including the National Communicator Award, and a Telly Award for his reports on the “Victory Tragedy” in which many undocumented immigrants were killed inside a cargo truck. Hernández also received the Texas AP Award for his reports on “Los Hijos de la Calle,” a series on children living on the streets of Mexico City.


Hernández earned a BS in Communications from the University of Houston in 1989.


Hernández participates in the annual collection of toys for children with disabilities at the Ripley House Community Center among many other local community initiatives.


To read more about Antonio Hernández, please visit TelemundoHouston.com or follow him on twitter @AntonioTele47

SHANNON LANIER

CW39

A veteran television host, social media influencer, and author, Shannon LaNier has been keeping audiences tuned in his entire life.

Shannon currently co-hosts “Arise Entertainment 360,” a daily culture and entertainment series that previously aired on BET's sister station, Centric, and is currently on cable providers globally. “Arise 360” is part of Arise News, a network seen in over 175 million homes in more than 55 countries throughout the world. Shannon is also known for his work as a correspondent and senior producer on Black Enterprise Magazine’s nationally-syndicated shows: “Black Enterprise Business Report” & “Our World With Black Enterprise.”

As a teenager in Cincinnati, Shannon got his first television job on “Real Exchange,” an Emmy Award winning talk show focusing on issues important to young people. After graduating from Kent State University, he made his New York City debut as a segment producer for the CBS2 Morning Show. But he didn’t waste any time getting in front of the camera. His next job saw him take on the multi-media journalist (One-Man-Band) role as a writer, director, editor, videographer, and reporter at News 12 Networks. Soon thereafter, he took a similarly comprehensive role at Fios1 News, where he recently returned, to anchor their weekend morning show. 

Shannon is also a writer, having co-authored the Random House Inc. book Jefferson’s Children: The Story of One American Familyalong with photojournalist Jane Feldman.The book follows his journey to uncover the history behind his heritage as a 9th generation direct descendent of Thomas Jefferson and his slave Sally Hemings. As a father/family influencer, you can read Shannon’s contributions and see his vlogs on Fatherly.com (a parenting website w/ 4 million followers) and World Bride Magazine (a global bridal mag. w/ 2 million followers) as the family and lifestyle editor. When Shannon isn’t “working,” he’s teaching the next generation of journalist as an adjunct professor at Iona College.

Additionally, Shannon has inspired audiences across the globe with captivating speaking engagements that touch on everything from his presidential lineage and Genealogy/Family Research to racial equality and his career in media. At the end of the Obama administration, Shannon participated in the White House's My Brothers Keep initiative and the National Entrepreneurship Tour, bringing his signature brand of motivational humor to packed live audiences around the country. Recently, this father of three founded #DaddyDuty365. It’s a digital initiative that provides a support system and promotes positive images of Dads who are on Duty 365 days of the year.  

Gifted with undeniable charisma and an energy that electrifies the stage, Shannon truly comes alive in the spotlight. Whether he’s hosting a TV show, speaking to a packed auditorium, or emceeing a live event—this is one Renaissance man who can’t help but draw a crowd. A former executive at CBS said it best: “Once Shannon’s “on,” the audience is glued. He’s born to be a star.” Despite his full schedule, Shannon remains an active member of his church, the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and the National Association of Black Journalists. He currently lives in NYC with his wife/college sweetheart Chandra and their three Little LaNiers… Madison, McKenzie and Carter.

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