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CSN hires Siera Santos as full-time reporter/anchor

CSN hires Siera Santos as full-time reporter/anchor

Chicago, IL (October 14, 2015) – 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 Siera Santos as its newest on-air talent member for the network’s signature nightly sports news program, SportsNet Central.  Santos 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, Santos, who will begin her on-air duties this evening on Comcast SportsNet , will also participate in a variety of digital initiatives that will be showcased on CSNChicago.com.  The announcement was made by Kevin Cross, Senior Director of News & Original Content for Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

“We are very pleased to bring someone of Siera’s news reporting experience and local sports enthusiasm to our network,” said Cross.  “A variety of successful multimedia achievements in her rising career has certainly prepared her for her arrival at Comcast SportsNet.  We are looking forward to Siera joining our already talented roster.”

Santos most recently was a sports anchor/reporter for CBS affiliates KCBS/KCAL in Los Angeles, CA (since August 2014), where also hosted KCAL’s Sunday night “Sports Central” program, along with hosting sports web briefs on CBSLA.com, handling social media/update hosting for “Thursday Night Football” and “March Madness” postgame shows, and providing live pre/postgame reports for all area MLB, NBA, and NHL teams. 

Prior to making the jump to Southern California, Santos was a sports journalist at CBS affiliate KWTV in Oklahoma City, OK where she handled numerous multimedia duties including reporter, photographer, producer, editor, and fill-in anchor. Her stint in Oklahoma City was highlighted by the NBA’s Thunder's 2014 playoff run into the Western Conference Finals. She also covered the Big 12, primarily the University of Oklahoma. 

Santos got her start a news reporter/multimedia journalist at NBC affiliate KOAA-TV in Colorado Springs, CO covering national news stories including the Waldo Canyon Fire and Aurora Theater Shooting.  As an auxiliary sports journalist, she has served as the NFL’s Broncos game day reporter, shooting post-game interviews in the locker room and filing stories from Mile High Stadium.  She also spent two stints with Fox Sports Arizona, ranging from being a production assistant to hosting/producing Arizona State Sun Devils multimedia content.  Among her numerous career achievements include earning the distinction of being the first woman to ever win the award for “Best Television Sports Anchor” from the Broadcast Education Association.

Santos, who was raised Phoenix, AZ, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, where she was named “Outstanding Undergraduate Student” for her accomplishments.  In 2006, her internship at Telemundo solidified her decision to minor in Spanish and complete her minor in overseas in Spain. She has also added a third language, Dutch, while studying communications at the University of Amsterdam.

With Bulls-Timberwolves looming, Jimmy Butler is diagnosed with meniscus injury

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With Bulls-Timberwolves looming, Jimmy Butler is diagnosed with meniscus injury

Jimmy Butler won't be facing the Bulls a second time this season.

Butler suffered a non-contact knee injury on Friday night in Houston. The initial X-ray only revealed he didn't have any broken bones, but the MRI had to wait until Saturday.

The Timberwolves announced that the MRI revealed a meniscus injury in Butler's right knee. There is not yet word on how long the All-Star guard will be out of action, but if it wasn't already assumed that he wouldn't play against the Bulls, it's now certain.

The Bulls take on the Timberwolves on Saturday night. Butler dropped 38 points at the United Center in his return to Chicago exactly two weeks ago, but the Bulls won 114-113.

Butler posted on Instagram a reaction to the injury.

Saturday's game will be the returns of Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn to Minnesota after they went the other direction in the Butler trade on draft night last June.

Playoff drama highlights a busy week on High School Lites

Playoff drama highlights a busy week on High School Lites

High School Lites had a busy show as it was the final week of the regular season for IHSA boys basketball Class 3A and 4A. The Class 1A and 2A playoffs also tipped in boys basketball as the show has some thrilling regional titles that were decided in the final minute. And finally, the girls basketball Class 1A and 2A state semifinals were played on Friday as the state's top teams played in Bloomington.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NBCSPreps for the latest news and scores for IHSA basketball.

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Richards wrestler Mia Palumbo

Saint Xavier Team of the Week: Simeon boys basketball

Highlights

Marshall shocks Leo in Class 2A regional final

Aurora Christian runs past Harvert Christian for 1A regional title

Buzzer-beater lifts Monticello over Gibson City for regional title

Jacobs goes unbeaten in Fox Valley with win over Dundee-Crown

West Aurora gets by rival East Aurora

Yorkville completes season sweep of DeKalb

Lemont escapes past T.F. North

Marshall needs OT to get past Teutopolis in girls 2A semifinals

Harlan takes down Eureka in 2A semifinals

Stockton runs by Okaw Valley in 1A

Schlarman races by Lebanon