Shandi Finnessey serves as host of two series for GSN. Along with the legendary Chuck Woolery, Finnessey hosts the top-rated LINGO, which begins its sixth season on April 2. She also hosts "quiznation" and "100 Winners," part of the live, late night PLAYMANIA block where viewers at home become contestants. Finnessey was crowned Miss USA® 2004 in the famed Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA before a live audience and 13 million viewers, the most the pageant had had in six years. The 28-year-old from Florissant, Missouri was the first-ever Miss Missouri USA to be crowned Miss USA®. Finnessey spent the following year championing the official causes of MISS USA®, which are breast and ovarian cancer education, research and legislation. She traveled nationally and abroad as an advocate for organizations such as the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and Gilda's Club, among others. To date, she has helped to raise over 30 million dollars for breast and ovarian cancer research. Finnessey joined forces with Wayne Newton and the USO in support of our servicemen and women. She toured the US and abroad visiting military troops at various bases, hospitals and celebrations to express her appreciation for their services. Finnessey is an honors graduate from Lindenwood University, from which she received a degree in Psychology in just three and a half years. During her tenure there, Finnessey conducted research on androgyny that was published in the SEPA Journal. She began work towards a master's degree in Counseling, but postponed her studies after becoming Miss USA. Dedicated to helping children and people with disabilities, Finnessey is diligent in her work to promote inclusion of mentally challenged individuals into mainstream classrooms. One of her proudest achievements is her published children's book on this very subject titled The Furrtails, to which Infinity Publishing awarded the distinguished AWMAD for Authors Who Make a Difference. She is currently working on her second children's book titled Suzanna the Banana. Additionally, Finnessey recently appeared on "Dancing with the Stars." Finnessey currently makes her home in Los Angeles.
Jessica York's on-air career began at KREZ in Durango, Colorado while she was still in college. As a fulltime student and freelance sports and news reporter for KREZ, she learned how to juggle a full schedule. The former host of "New Spaces" for HGTV, York has also hosted and produced her own workout video and has traveled the world as a host for the Resort Sports Network (RSN). She has been white water rafting in Chile, race car driving with the pros and shark diving in the Bahamas. As the primary host for RSN Television, an outdoor adventure sports network, York became well-known to outdoor enthusiasts with her daily appearances on RSN's "Outdoor Update" on CNN Headline News and her weekly stints on The Weather Channel. She was soon tapped as the host for "New Spaces," and simultaneously served as co-host of "RSN Outdoors," the network's daily morning show; host of "Hot Spots," RSN's half-hour travel program and of "Thrill Seekers," RSN's extreme-adventure series. Additionally, York forecasted the weather for WMTW, worked as an anchor and sideline sports reporter for TVG and taught kickboxing, dance and other fitness classes in her spare time. York continues to teach group fitness and can be seen from time to time on "The Rachael Ray Show" as Rachael's travel expert. A native of Colorado, York currently resides in Los Angeles.
Jeff Thisted was born in Maine and raised in Colorado Springs, CO. He always wanted to be "America's favorite television game show host" so upon graduating from Colorado State University with a Radio and Television-emphasized Communications degree, he moved out to Los Angeles to pursue his dream. Thisted landed a job as a production assistant on the game show "Storm the Castle" and went on to serve as a production assistant on such game shows as "Mad Libs," "Scattegories" and "Shop 'til you Drop." He later served as production coordinator for such shows as "Master's of the Maze" and "To Tell the Truth;" and as producer on "Zooventure." Thisted has worked for the past five years as a production coordinator on "The Price is Right" and was delighted to be able to tell Bob Barker about landing this hosting gig at GSN. Barker happily gave his blessing and good wishes for a successful hosting career. Thisted's credits also include a few background appearances on "JAG," "Mulholland Falls" and "Independence Day." Thisted currently resides in Los Angeles with "Cisco the Wonder Mutt" and enjoys water skiing and mountain biking.
Originally from Louisiana, Angelle Tymon grew up with her parents and older sister in a small, quaint town called Lutcher. At an early age, Tymon found passion in her dance classes, musical theatre and in writing. In high school, Tymon traveled to London to dance as an American All-Star. After graduation, she became a member of the NFL New Orleans Saints dance team for one year and then performed as a member of the NBA Hornets dance team for two years. Tymon attended Louisiana State University as a broadcast journalism major with a minor in dance. She then moved to Los Angeles to continue her education at California State University, Northridge. Throughout her schooling, Angelle worked as a field reporter, anchor, producer, writer, and editor for KCSN, 88.7 FM and Valley View News on Time Warner. Tymon has been recognized for her journalism skills by RTND (Radio Television News Directors Association Foundation) with a Regional Edward Murrow Award for her expose "Dimples," the first karaoke bar founded in the United States. The same piece also garnered her an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Tymon's additional television credits include hosting the live jewelry and art auction television programs "Timeless Collections" and "Fine Arts." Tymon is single and currently resides in Los Angeles.
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