Hailing from the great ‘Garden State,’ Anna Negrón is proud, diner-loving Jersey Girl. She is currently a senior publicist at ESPN, working on college sports. In this role, she serves as the lead for the College GameDay franchise (football and basketball), men’s college basketball, lacrosse, wrestling and ESPN Events. Prior to joining ESPN, she served as a public relations associate at All American Games, spearheading publicity efforts for the U.S. Army All -American Bowl.
She graduated from Seton Hall University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (concentration in Sport Management), and also completed coursework in journalism and public relations. She was awarded over $50,000 in scholarships from the university and the Stillman School of Business over her four years. An avid member of the Seton Hall community, she was a part of the Seton Hall University Dance Team- “The Sapphires,” and also had the rewarding opportunity of performing the National Anthem at many of the university’s sporting events. She was a Sports Business Writer for the Stillman Exchange and was the Women’s Soccer Team manager during the 2009 and 2010 seasons. During her four years at Seton Hall, Anna held internships with the New York Mets, Bella Public Relations, IMG Fashion, the New York Knicks and Burson Marsteller.
During her final semester at Seton Hall University, she was able to become one of the first student reporters for Pirate Sports Network, allowing her the opportunity to interview players and coaches of both the men’s and women’s basketball programs. It was then that she realized she could intertwine her love of sports with her on-camera abilities, sports knowledge and personality. She also served as an in-arena host for all Seton Hall Men’s Basketball games, hosting timed Trivia in the stands with fans at the Prudential Center.
Anna competed in the Miss America Organization for over five years, and held five local titles in the Miss New Jersey Education Foundation. She garnered awards in interview, talent, community service, lifestyle and fitness and evening gown. She was a preliminary talent winner in 2015, a preliminary and non-finalist talent winner in 2013, Top 10 in 2012 (swimsuit preliminary winner and state community service winner) and was 1st Runner Up to Miss New Jersey 2015. As a result of her placement, she earned the chance to compete in the National Sweetheart Pageant, where she finished in the Top 15 amongst the country’s most poised and well-rounded young women. She considers it to be one of the most humbling experiences, giving her the chance to end her pageant career on a high note. Promoting her own personal platform of Think Before You Drink: Drunk Driving Awareness as well as the Children’s Miracle Network was of great importance to her as she strives to serve as a role model to young women and men through her dedication and accomplishments.
Negrón is also a vocalist, who trained with renowned vocal coach Sal Dupree. She has performed the National Anthem at Madison Square Garden, Barclays Center and MetLife Stadium.