Rosana Franco joins ESPN Deportes as one of the hosts of Raza Deportiva, the network’s first live morning simulcast show. The lively debate and analysis soccer program features hosts from three cities: Franco will be joining Omar Orlando and Leo Vega in Miami, David Faitelson and Rafa Ramos in Los Angeles; and Oscar Restrepo all the way from Bogota, Colombia.
Prior to ESPN Deportes, Franco served as the host of Univision’s Republica Deportiva for 13 years, becoming one of the most recognized female sports journalists. Throughout her career, she has covered major sports events including the past three World Cup (2002 – 2010), three Confederations Cup, and five Gold Cups. Franco has also covered Mexican National Team championship tournaments since 1999, world championship boxing matches, seven MLB World Series, and the Super Bowl of 2007 and 2011.
Born in Monterrey, Mexico, Franco was the first female co-host of a sports show in Spanish-language television in the U.S. She became a relevant figure in the world of sports for U.S. Hispanic fans. Her extensive experience and knowledge has made an impact on the role of women in sports journalism. Her unmistakable charisma and versatility has also allowed her to serve as co-host of some of the most known entertainment shows.
In 2004, Franco was inducted into the Latin American International Sports Hall of Fame along with Juan Marichal, former MLB right-hand pitcher.