Golf Channel host Lara Baldesarra joins CNN

Lara Baldesarra
Lara Baldesarra will be leaving Golf Channel to join CNN.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 | 2:38 p.m.

CNN announced today that Lara Baldesarra is joining the network's sports unit in Atlanta.

Baldesarra moves to CNN after having spent much of the last two years with Golf Channel, where she anchored Golf Central and hosted the weekly interview show, Grey Goose 19th Hole.

Starting in December, she will anchor World Sport, the flagship sports news program on CNN International, and contribute to sports-related event coverage across all CNN platforms.

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"We're thrilled with Lara's addition to CNN's global sports operation," said Bill Galvin, senior vice president of sports programming and development for CNN. "Her expertise as a leading voice in the sports world aligns perfectly with CNN's commitment to providing a thoughtful perspective across a broad range of news and events."

Born and raised in Toronto, Baldesarra previously worked at Canada's national sports network, Sportsnet, covering a number of sports including soccer, tennis, rugby, cricket, American football, Formula 1 and boxing. She also spent time at Fox Soccer Channel, where she anchored the network's flagship nightly news and highlights show, Fox Soccer Report.

"I'm passionate about sports and journalism, so I could not be more excited about joining an organization that values and excels in both of these things," said Baldesarra. "CNN is a world-class operation, and I look forward to hitting the ground running."

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T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.