Off Camera with. . . Rosana Franco

Rosana Franco (Rodrigo Varela / ESPN Images)
Rosana Franco (Rodrigo Varela / ESPN Images)

Welcome to Off Camera with. . ., the series on Front Row where we introduce you to some of ESPN’s newest studio anchors and learn a little bit more about what they do when the cameras stop rolling.

Today we spend a few minutes with Rosana Franco, who joined ESPN Deportes in October 2013 as one of the hosts of Raza Deportiva, the network’s first live morning show.

Favorite Team/Sport: The sport I most like to watch and have always loved the most is soccer. I grew up, and always will be, a Tiger of the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León fan. But when a Mexican team plays in an international tournament, I always support it, even if it’s not my team. In addition to the Tigers, the Mexican national football team has a special place in my heart, too. I will never stop being a fan of my country!

Favorite sport moment: The 2002 World Cup Final. Not only was it the first time I covered World Cup, it was also the year Brazil won its fifth Cup. And of course this meant I got to watch Ronaldo, the best player in the world at the time.

Favorite place to travel: In the winter, I like to go to Lake Tahoe (Nev.) to practice snowboarding. It’s such a beautiful place. I also like to go to the Caribbean, especially the Dominican Republic, where I have spent some of the most fun moments in my life. I’m still a kid at heart, so I still love going to Walt Disney World in Orlando.

Best advice you ever received: If you want different results, you have to do different things.

One book everyone should read: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez. The book really speaks to the realities and experiences of Latin America, and how they’ve shaped Latin American families. I first read it when I was very young. I’ve still never been that immersed in a book since then. I make sure to read it every few years.

Something we don’t know about you: With me, what you see is what you get. I’m really just a happy person who loves her son and mother above all other things in the world. But if I had to choose something, I’d say not everyone knows that I’m a really good cook.

How did you choose your profession or how it found you: The first time I heard they were looking for a woman to host a sports show, I thought ‘that’s for me. I like sports, I like to talk and argue, and I admire the passion, dedication and dreams of every athlete’. It was an honor to become one of the first anchorwomen of a sports TV program for Spanish-speaking fans in the United States.

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