Black Information Network Team

Meet our team.
Chris Thompson

Christopher Thompson, Vice President of Network Operations

Christopher brings over 20 years of radio experience to the BIN team in the areas of Broadcast Operations, Programming , Sales, Affiliate Relations, and Talent Management. He is the former Vice President of Radio Operations for Reach Media and the "Tom Joyner Morning Show" and Tom Joyner's "Right Back Atcha" Weekend Show. Prior to joining Reach Media, Chris was the Executive Director of Network Operations for Connecticut based Buckley Radio and successfully managed syndication and affiliate clearances for the 15 nationally syndicated weekday and weekend Talk Radio programs under the WOR Radio Network brand and its 500 plus unique affiliations. He began his broadcast career working in public radio at WAMC in Albany New York and has since worked in music, and news talk formats. His past experience also includes stints as a talk show producer, operations manager, sales associate, and radio host.
Andrea Coleman

Andrea Coleman, Vice President of News Operations

Andrea Coleman is communications professional who has worked in various disciplines within the industry including broadcast journalism, magazine publishing, media relations and communications consulting. Most notably, Andrea worked for five years as a morning anchor and reporter for the Cable News Network [CNN] in the early to mid-1990s. From the anchor desk, she covered historic events including the Oklahoma City Bombing, the O.J. Simpson Trial, and Nelson Mandela's release from prison. Andrea eventually joined CBS Atlanta News as an anchor and reporter. There, she earned a regional Emmy award for community affairs reporting.
Lauren Crawford

Lauren Crawford, Senior Director of Digital and Social Strategy

Lauren is a New York City-based writer and editor with a passion for music, entertainment news, and the sharing of Black stories. The South Florida native graduated from the University of Florida, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Telecommunication. After graduating in 2015, she moved to New York City. Lauren has worked as a writer, reporter, editor, and digital host. In addition to overseeing the Black Information Network's digital site and social media accounts, Lauren is also an editor for iHeartRadio's national website.
Mike Stevens

Mike Stevens, Managing Editor

Mike has anchored and reported breaking news from coast to coast. Mike's assignments have included news operations in New York City, Atlanta, Sacramento, Tampa, Flint, Columbus, Ohio and his native Philadelphia. During his 25-year career Mike has interviewed many newsmakers, athletes and entertainers including Coretta Scott King, Hank Aaron and Bill Cosby. Mike Stevens reported from the scene of bombings in Atlanta and Birmingham and was among the first to announce the deaths of Michael Jackson, Prince and Whitney Houston.
Ramses Ja

Ramses Ja

Ramses has been broadcasting professionally since 2005 across several radio and television stations including KKFR-FM Power 92.3/98.3, KNRJ-FM 101.1 FM The Beat, KAJM-FM Mega 104.3 FM, and KTVK-3TV. As a prime-time air talent, Ramses has gone on to win media awards from other institutions including the NAACP and The Black Philanthropy Initiative, and the Phoenix New Times.

Currently, Ramses hosts Civic Cipher with Q Ward. Civic Cipher is a show designed to give a voice to Black people in spaces where their culture is celebrated, but little civic engagement takes place. Thanks to a 2022 partnership with iHeartMedia, it can be heard on radio stations across the country as well as all podcasting platforms. Additionally, Ramses hosts The Black Information Network Daily Podcast where he interviews Black journalists around the country to gain more insight into national news stories. The Black Information Network Daily Podcast is found on the Black Information Network—a subsidiary of iHeartMedia.
Rey Harris

Rey Harris

Rey is a Multi-Emmy award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience. Rey was one of the first African American journalists to cover 911 and the hunt for Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan and the Middle East. A product of HBCU's Clark Atlanta University, Rey has worked for numerous news operations in Cleveland, Dayton, Atlanta, Dallas, Nashville, Central Texas and New York. Rey also has an extensive radio and voiceover background, being featured on various media platforms around the world. Favorite pastimes include sports, cooking, and international travel. Based in Miami Beach, Rey covers the top stories in South Florida and the nation.
Vanessa Tyler

Vanessa Tyler

Vanessa is an Emmy award-winning and six-time Emmy nominated reporter/anchor with extensive and impressive broadcast journalism experience. Vanessa is a veteran of local news operations in New York, Washington, D.C., Dayton, Ohio, Rochester, New York, and Charlotte, North Carolina. A graduate of Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Communications, the Harlem native is actively involved in a number of community organizations and has been recognized by the National Association of Black Journalists, the Associated Press, and the Garden State Association of Black Journalists.
Julius White

Julius White

Julius is an award-winning journalist, originally from Birmingham, Alabama who joined the Black Information Network from Morgan State University's public radio station in Baltimore where he served as News Director. In addition to his radio experience, his work has been featured on BET Nightly News, and was twice honored by "Who's Who in Black Alabama" during his time working as a news anchor and reporter in Birmingham.
Morgyn Wood

Morgyn Wood

Morgyn is based in the Washington D.C./Baltimore area where she reports on politics, entertainment and news from the world of sports. Morgyn is a veteran broadcaster who has been featured on stations owned by iHeartMedia and Radio One along with Sirius/XM satellite radio. Morgyn received her Batchelor of Arts from Morgan State University and holds a Master of Arts in Communication Design from the University of Baltimore. She has held roles both on-air and behind the scenes as a news writer and producer.
Esther Dillard

Esther Dillard

Esther is a native of Buffalo, New York who has worked in several media markets as a reporter and anchor. Some of the places include: WBGO-FM, KTVU-Ch2 in San Francisco, CBS-3 in Philadelphia, WGRZ-TV2 in Buffalo, NY and WEYI-Ch 25 in Flint, Michigan. For several years, she also worked as an educator at Bloomfield College in Bloomfield, New Jersey as a communications professor. She taught a variety of courses including: Writing for Radio and Television, Broadcast Journalism (TV production), News Gathering, Intro to Mass Communications and Public Speaking.
Mike Moore

Mike Moore

Mike is a broadcast news veteran, whose career has spanned over 25 years. Mike has worked in Jacksonville, Florida, Phoenix, Arizona, Birmingham, Alabama and Atlanta, Georgia. He is currently based in Atlanta, Georgia.
Teri McCready

Teri McCready

Teri is a Connecticut native whose career began at local commercial radio stations in lower-Fairfield County. Her broadcasting experience also includes public radio and television. She expanded her career horizons in NYC as a radio correspondent for the Bloomberg Urban report interviewing celebrities including Danny Glover, Vanessa Williams, Bernie Mac and Natalie Cole. The Urban report was featured on the Wendy Williams Show in numerous U.S. markets. Prior to joining BIN, Teri was a radio news anchor for WOR/iHeartMedia broadcasting from its NYC headquarters.
Doug Davis

Doug Davis

A native of Philadelphia and raised in the Washington D.C Metropolitan area, Doug's career in broadcasting began after his sophomore year at The Central State University. Upon graduating, Doug secured a position in Television/Radio at Cox Radio, Incorporated WHIO-TV/FM/AM Dayton as an A.M. News Anchor on the television side as assistant Assignment Editor. Three years later, Doug landed his first full-time Urban radio job at WJMZ-FM/Greenville and spent time in the market honing his craft, holding every manager/director position in the programming department. Doug eventually became one of the youngest Program Directors in the business. He went on to work at Entercom then Cumulus Radio, where he remained for seven years, managing several radio stations within the company. By 2016, Doug accepted an offer to work for the acclaimed The Michael Baisden Show, working as Program Director/Director of Production. Currently, Doug is an Anchor/Reporter for the Black Information Network.
Alexandria Ikomoni

Alexandria Ikomoni

Alexandria is an Atlanta-based News Anchor for the Black Information Network and iHeartMedia. Before coming to the network, Alexandria was the TV News Anchor for a CBS & FOX affiliates station in the Midwest. She started her TV career in Southwest Georgia. She was an anchor, multimedia journalist and news reporter with the FOX affiliate in Albany. She began her news journey while in college during the summer of 2016 interning with the Atlanta NBC affiliate station. Throughout her career, she’s covered natural disasters, gubernatorial elections, red carpet events and more. She’s interviewed political figures, entertainers, celebrities, and others.

Alexandria was born in the Bronx, New York, but calls Atlanta home after moving in 2000. She graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication with a concentration in Media Studies. She also has a minor in Accounting.
Bri Wood

Bri Wood

Bri is an Alumni of Eastern Michigan University and Specs Howard School of Broadcast Media Arts in Southfield, MI. As both on-air talent and producer for iHeartMedia since 2009, she hosted weekend entertainment and news talk shows on 97.9 WJLB and Mix 92.3 FM respectively. Bri, as she is known to the public, helped listeners get around town as a traffic reporter for the Total Traffic & Weather Network which led to a 4-year run on 100.3 WNIC as a contributor, and morning drive traffic and weather personality.

Most recently, Bri voiced Afternoon Drive traffic for all iHeartMedia Detroit stations, as well as reports, PSAs and commercials in other iHeartMedia markets. She lives in the metro Detroit area and in her free time enjoys a good book, cooking and spending time with friends and family.
Nichole Deal

Nichole Deal

Nichole's broadcasting career began in the late 90s with an internship at ABC News Affiliate, KVUE Television in Austin, TX. Her time there launched a highlight career as a voice over artist and on-air radio personality. She has worked in various capacities throughout her career including News Bureau Chief, Public Relations Director, Anchor, Reporter, Producer, & Fill in Host. You may have heard her voice on nationally syndicated shows like Kidd Kraddick in the Morning and The Car Pro Show or other Texas stations: KPLX 99.5FM, KVET 98.1FM, KFMK 105.9FM, KEYE 103.5FM, & KFIT 1060AM.

Before joining the Black Information Network, Nichole spent over 7 years as an Anchor, Reporter & Producer at the iconic WBAP/KLIF studios in Dallas, TX which offers listeners a 24/7 News/Talk format. She has also done freelance work for the Black Contemporary Television Network.

Aside from radio, Nichole has a deep partiality to residential and commercial real estate. Her career in real estate spans decades and includes positions held as Vice President & Director of Leasing, Senior Property Manager, & Leasing Consultant of the Year.

Nichole holds a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Zuri Anderson

Zuri Anderson

Zuri is a recent graduate of Winthrop University. Born and raised in South Carolina, she was recognized by the state Press Association for her coverage of black student entrepreneurs at her alma mater. Zuri has worked as a freelance writer and digital content producer since graduation. She is an editor for iHeartRadio's national website and a contributor to the Black Information Network. One of her life goals is to publish novels and creative writing pieces.
Brandi Porter

Brandi Porter

Brandi is a Virginia-based Social Media Assistant for the Black Information Network. As a recent graduate from the University of Virginia, Brandi earned her degree in Media Studies where she studied and analyzed media culture and technology. It was from there that she began to learn and appreciate ways to create and shape forms of media in innovative ways to reach desired outcomes. Before joining BIN, Brandi worked as a freelance Content Creator and Social Media Marketing Manager. In doing so, she familiarized herself with various social media platforms and developed ways to reach specific audiences. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, listening to music, reading books, and staying updated on the latest scoop.