Shannon LaNier

A veteran television host, social media influencer, and author, Shannon LaNier has been keeping audiences tuned in his entire life.

As a teenager in Cincinnati, Shannon got his first television job on “Real Exchange,” an Emmy Award winning talk show focusing on issues important to young people.

After graduating from Kent State University, he made his New York City debut as a segment producer for the “CBS2 Morning Show.” But he didn’t waste any time getting in front of the camera. His next job saw him take on the multi-media journalist role as a writer, director, editor, videographer and reporter at News 12 Networks. Soon thereafter, he took a similarly comprehensive role at Fios1 News.

Shannon is also a novelist, having co-authored the Random House Inc. book “Jefferson’s Children: The Story of One American Family” along with photojournalist Jane Feldman. The book follows his journey to uncover the history behind his heritage as a ninth generation direct descendant of Thomas Jefferson and his slave Sally Hemings. Despite his full schedule, Shannon remains an active member of his church, the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and the National Association of Black Journalists.

Shannon is excited to be in Houston. He’s married to his college sweetheart, Chandra, and they have three little LaNiers named Madison, McKenzie and Carter.

You can reach out to Shannon at or connect with him on social media.

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