CSN Chicago hires Aiyana Cristal

Courtesy of Chicagoland Radio and Media

Aiyana CristalComcast SportsNet Chicago has hired another new full-time sports reporter and anchor. The newest sportscaster is Aiyana Cristal, who will join the local station’s signature nightly sports news program, “SportsNet Central,” starting September 14th.

Aiyana Cristal’s primary duties will be in reporting on sports stories for “SportsNet Central,” but will also be doing some co-anchoring of the newscasts on occasion. Additionally, Cristal will host interactive studio segments on the CSN Chicago’s post-game shows, along with hosting various digital events on their website.

CSN Chicago’s newest reporter comes to the station from WPLG-TV, the ABC affiliate in Miami, FL. There, she worked as a sports reporter since September 2012, covering the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area professional and collegiate sports teams.

Prior to her time in Miami, Cristal worked for a little over two years a sports anchor/reporter for KTHV-TV, the CBS affiliate in Little Rock, AR. Among her duties there was hosting and producing a weekly, hour-long sports talk show. She has also spent time working for Comcast Southeast Sports in Duluth, GA, as well as Fox Sports Net South in Atlanta, GA.

Illinois is no stranger to Cristal, however. From March 2007 through October 2008, she worked as a morning news and sports reporter for WICD-TV, the ABC affiliate in Champaign, IL — her first professional on-air job. Also in 2008, she did some freelance reporting work for the Chicago-based Big Ten Network.

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Aiyana Cristal was born in Tacoma, WA. After being a standout four-year varsity hurdler in high school, she received a Fulbright Scholarship and attended Georgia State University, where she received her degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2005.

Kevin Cross, News Director for Comcast SportsNet Chicago, said in a statement this afternoon: “We are very excited to bring someone of Aiyana’s sports reporting experience and enthusiasm for local sports to our network. 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.”

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