Shannon Cross is moving on up. The former associate editor at ESPN will head over to the on-air side of the business, joining TSL contributor and host of News One Now, Roland Martin. Cross will join the show as an anchor.

RolandMartinReports.com posted this press release on Wednesday:

TV One announced today that Shannon Cross, Emmy-nominated associate editor for ESPN.com, will join the network’s live daily news program, News One Now, as news anchor. Cross will begin her duties alongside host and managing editor Roland S. Martin, Monday, December 9, 9AM/ET.

“We are delighted to have Shannon join the News One Now family,” said Donna Wilson, Executive Producer, TV One. “Her multifaceted editorial experience makes her an excellent counterpart to Roland, who has long established himself as the hard-hitting journalistic voice of our network. Their shared passion for viewer interaction and social media integration make them an ideal on-air pairing for this fully immersive, multiplatform show.”

Cross will serve as a contributing voice of the daily morning news broadcast, narrating both breaking news briefs and lengthier feature segments. Additionally, she will join Martin in his analysis of the day’s headlines, discussions with on-set panelists, Skype-net interviews, social media integration and standing segments.

“Shannon brings a passionate voice for all things, and I strongly believe that will be an asset for us at News One Now, remarked Martin. “I look forward to having her voice on the radio talk show, as well as see the exciting features she has in store for the TV show.”