ATLANTA - Born and raised in Victoria, Texas, FOX 5 news anchor Ron Gant was drafted by the Atlanta Braves right out of high school.
“My last season was with the Atlanta Braves in 1993 and I was called up to the team in 1987. I also played in two World Series.”
The FOX 5 Social Media team spoke with Ron about his career, life and the importance of Black History Month.
FOX 5: How long have you been in broadcast media?
RG: FOX 5 was my first anchor job! I was a sports analyst for the Atlanta Braves before FOX 5 discovered me.
FOX 5: What is the significance of Black History Month to you, as you work in a city that sits at the heart of the civil right movement?
RG: Black History Month is important for the nation, because our education system does not teach how African Americans have contributed to the building of our country.
FOX 5: How does Black History (Month) play or have played a role in inspiring you to reach your goals?
RG: I refuse to let the sacrifice of our pioneers be in vain. Giving my all to reach my goals is the least I can do.
FOX 5: Who is your inspiration and why?
RG: Hank Aaron was my inspiration to become a Major League Baseball player. He played during a time when hatred for African American athletes was in full force. He maybe the bravest person I know to endure that and still break Babe Ruth's homerun record.
FOX 5: Why is it important to you to recognize African American’s contributions to media and broadcast news?
RG: It is important to recognize African American's contributions to media and broadcast news, because it is a message that we can achieve anything in any walk of life.
Earlier in his career, Ron was a studio analyst for the MLB Network for "Hot Stove" and "MLB Tonight." Prior to that, he served as commentator for the Atlanta Braves on TBS.
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