Ed Cross is the Springfield bureau chief, located at the state's capitol. Ed joined the WAND-TV news team in October 2011.
Ed is a graduate of the Radio-TV broadcasting program at Lake Land College in Mattoon. There, he hosted 'Coaches Corner' where he interviewed Lake Land College athletic coaches once a week. While a student as Lake Land, he also served as an assistant coach for the men's basketball team under Cedric Brown.
Ed began his professional broadcasting career in January of 2009 at the Miller Media Group in Taylorville. Starting off as the morning show host for 94.3 WMKR, he would become the news and sports director in November of 2009. He covered one murder trial, the Taylorville Energy Center legislation at the capitol, and several education related stories.
In addition to being a dedicated reporter at the capitol, self-described as a 'political junkie,' Ed is also involved in several organizations and activities. He and his fiancé, Jen, serve as youth group leaders for their church in Pana. He is also involved in helping with Taylorville youth sports, namely basketball and baseball.
When not on camera, Ed is an avid outdoorsman. He just wrapped up his first year of competitive bass fishing in the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League's Illini Division. Citing being out on the lake as his "home away from home," Ed says he's looking to another successful year on the BFL tournament trail, and looks forward to someday teaching his kids the gift of fishing.
Ed is engaged to be married June 16th of next year to his fiancé and best friend Jen.
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