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Paul Crane

Paul brings a wealth of experience to KTBS 3 Sports.  In football, Paul has spent significant time covering teams in the SEC and ACC in particular, while also doing a great deal of play-by-play in Conference USA and several FCS conferences such as Southern, Ohio Valley and Big South.  With the NFL, Paul has been co-host of the New Orleans Saints pre-season pre and post game shows on Cox Sports Television and the team's sanctioned weekly wrap-up show on Sunday nights, "Saints Tonight!" since 2006.

Paul also knows the Dallas Cowboys well having spent almost ten years in Dallas at KDFW-TV and was there when the team made the transition from the legendary Tex Schramm and Tom Landry to Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson.  Paul left Dallas for CNN Sports where he was the network's lead college football reporter and hosted "College Football Preview" and "College Coaches Corner."  Paul annually covered college football's national championship game and basketball's Final Four.  In the years CNN had the college football coach's poll, Paul personally presented the crystal football trophy to the winning coach.

Since leaving CNN when the network did away with CNN/SI, Paul has worked with several regional sports networks including CSS and FSN-South where he won an Emmy Award in 2007.  Paul is excited to be in an area that loves sports, especially football, the way the Ark-La-Tex does and looks forward to returning to some of the best high school football in the country.  When Paul was Sports Director at KDFW in Dallas he expanded the station's coverage of high school football on Friday nights to a then-unprecedented eight-and-a-half minutes, sending the station's helicopter to outlying areas to get highlights of games that were too far away to drive.  Of course, Friday Football Fever has grown to the point where it is today.

A love of the games people play has given Paul a career which has included play by play of college basketball and baseball, in addition to football and last summer a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  Paul spent two months in Sri Lanka calling all the games in the inaugural season of the Elite Football League of India, which aired on the Asian sports network Ten Sports and were directed by the legendary Sandy Grossman.

Paul and his wife Mari are empty-nesters, having raised a son and two daughters who are all now married and starting families themselves.  Less travel and less traffic combined with more teams, more sports and more football in particular makes the move to Shreveport a perfect fit. 

Email Paul at pcrane@ktbs.com.

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