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MLB Network adds Shehadi, Rizzo & Braun to on-air talent lineup

Secaucus, N.J., February 13, 2012 - MLB Network today announced that Lauren Shehadi, Alanna Rizzo and Scott Braun have joined its roster of on-air talent this month as studio hosts and reporters appearing across MLB Network's studio programming.

Shehadi most recently served as anchor and reporter for CBSSports.com and CBS Sports Network. She hosted the ALT Games, The SEC Tailgate Show, Fantasy Football Today, and was a contributor to the 2011 College World Series Home Run Derby in Omaha on CBS. Before joining CBS, Shehadi worked as a weekend sports anchor at KXMC-TV in Minot, North Dakota. She also worked as a producer at SNN-Channel 6 in Sarasota, Florida and behind the scenes at Comcast Sportsnet Washington.  A native of McLean, Virginia, Shehadi graduated from the University of Florida where she was a host of Gatorzone, an internet sports web show.

Rizzo joins MLB Network from ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain, where she received three Regional Emmy Awards for her work, including co-hosting Rockies All Access, reporting for Colorado Rockies telecasts and serving as a sideline reporter for the University of Colorado basketball, University of Denver basketball and hockey and high school football broadcasts. Rizzo previously worked as the weekend sports anchor and weekday sports reporter for WISC-TV in Madison, Wisconsin, covering the Milwaukee Brewers, Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Bucks and the University of Wisconsin men's and women's hockey national championship runs.  Rizzo also worked as a weekend sports anchor and weekday sports reporter at KAUZ-TV in Wichita Falls, Texas. A Colorado native, Rizzo graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder and received her M.A. from CU in Broadcast Journalism.  

Braun most recently worked for ESPN as a college basketball play-by-play announcer for ESPNU and ESPN3, and as the host of ESPN.com's Heat Index, covering the Miami Heat. In addition to his work for ESPN, Braun reported feature stories around the country and anchored sports updates for CBS Sports Network and was a studio host for CBSSports.com, including Fantasy Football Today. Braun is the talk show host of Sports Blitz Now on Huffington Post Radio. Braun was also the play-by-play voice for the Chatham Anglers of the Cape Cod Baseball League for two seasons and served as the Cape League Insider on Sirius XM MLB Network Radio. A native of Warren, NJ, Braun studied broadcast journalism and sport administration at the University of Miami where he appeared on ESPNU as a Campus Connection reporter and hosted multiple shows for University of Miami TV.

MLB Network is the ultimate television destination for baseball fans, featuring the Emmy Award-winning MLB Tonight, live games, original programming, highlights, and insights and analysis from the best in the business, including Bob Costas, Peter Gammons, Al Leiter and Harold Reynolds. MLB Network debuted on January 1, 2009 as the largest launch in cable television history and is currently distributed in more than 68 million cable, telco TV and satellite homes throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. For more information and to find MLB Network in your area, go to www.mlbnetwork.com.
 

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