Award-winning journalist Tony Cox is host of the nationally syndicated radio talk show UpFront with Tony Cox — a mix of news, entertainment, talk, opinions, sports and lots more — in collaboration with the African American Public Radio Consortium.
Candid, thoughtful, funny and caring, Cox offers a daily dose of reality to listeners as he tackles hot topics and the issues of the day asking tough questions and leaving his audience with something to think about.
A veteran and respected newsman, Cox brings four decades of radio, television and multi-media experience to UpFront with Tony Cox. Since 2002, he has managed hosting duties on a variety of programs on National Public Radio including The Tavis Smiley Show and News & Notes. His style as an interviewer of celebrities, politicians, artists, athletes, newsmakers and just plain folks has earned Cox a reputation as a host who gets the most out of his guests and someone they enjoy talking to.
“When I interview someone, I want to give my listeners two things: I want them to get answers to their questions, and I want to leave them with something they hadn’t considered before. In other words, I want them to think,” Cox said.
In 2008, Cox was the recipient of a multi-media Los Angeles Press Club Award for News & Notes. It was his seventh Los Angeles Press Club honor. He also has earned a Los Angele-area Emmy Award, multiple Emmy nominations, as well as two NAACP Image Awards.
Cox began his career in broadcasting at KFWB All News Radio in Los Angeles in 1969, working as a writer, editor, reporter and anchor. In 1982, he joined KCBS-TV as an early morning TV anchor and reporter. He moved to FOX 11 in Los Angeles in 1985 serving as weekend and weekday anchor. And for 10 years, Cox traveled the world as a senior correspondent for the TV newsmagazine show Inside Edition.
Over the years he has covered national headline stories such as the Manson Family, the Patty Hearst kidnapping, O.J. Simpson, Michael Jackson, the Unabomber, the Los Angeles riots, the San Francisco and Northridge earthquakes, and the Oklahoma City bombing just to name a few.
His love of sports landed him a job at FOX Sports Net’s The Last Word With Jim Rome and DirecTV Sports as a correspondent. In addition, Cox has been a featured contributor on TV One’s The Gospel of Music with Jeff Majors and done voiceover work for the Tiger Woods Foundation.
He is a founding member and first president of the Black Journalists Association of Southern California, and he also served as Vice President, Broadcast, of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Cox holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre from UCLA. He is also an associate professor of Television, Film and Media Studies at California State University, Los Angeles.
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