Shannon LaNier is an Emmy-Award-winning, veteran television host, actor, and author .
He most recently hosted “Arise Entertainment 360,” a daily pop-culture and entertainment series airing on cable providers globally. LaNier is also known for his work as a correspondent on Black Enterprise Magazine’s nationally-syndicated shows: “Black Enterprise Business Report” & “Our World With Black Enterprise.”
The Cincinnati, Ohio native co-authored the Random House Inc. book Jefferson’s Children: The Story of One American Family, along with photojournalist Jane Feldman. The book follows Shannon’s journey to uncover the history behind his heritage as the 6th great-grandson of President Thomas Jefferson and his slave, Sally Hemings. Jefferson's Children received a Best Books Award from the American Library Association.
Shannon is an adjunct communications professor at Iona College and a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. Additionally, LaNier is currently contributing to three different books dealing with social, cultural and equality issues. He lives in NYC with his wife/college sweetheart Chandra and their three children.