Fox 5 Sports Director Duke Castiglione
Duke Castiglione joined Fox 5 in June 2007 as sports anchor. He also hosts "Sports Extra" on Sundays at 10:30 pm. Castiglione covered the New York Giants' remarkable run to and subsequent win of Super Bowl 42, including serving as host for Fox 5's post-game show live from the field. Throughout his career, Castiglione has landed a number of key breaking news interviews, including the first one-on-one with Johnny Damon when he joined the New York Yankees. Previously, Castiglione spent three years as the morning sports anchor and reporter for New York's WCBS-TV. He is a recipient of the Associated Press award for "Best Sports Show" and two Black Journalist Awards for his interviews with Lawrence Taylor and Bernard King. Learn more about Castiglione.
NY1 Morning Anchor Pat Kiernan
Pat Kiernan has been appearing as the morning anchor of NY1 since 1997. Kiernan has become widely known in New York City for his "In the Papers" feature, in which he summarizes the colorful content in New York City's daily newspapers, replete with his deadpan humor. He has enjoyed success not only in the news industry, but also in films—he made cameos as himself in The Interpreter (2005) and Night at the Museum (2006). Kiernan has been featured in publications including New York Magazine and the New York Post. Prior to joining Time Warner and NY1, he was the senior producer of the prime-time newscast "ITV News at Ten" on CITV, one of Canada's satellite superstations, where his duties included hosting "Your Money," a popular segment he created. Learn more about Kiernan.
NBA Legend Darryl Dawkins
Basketball player Darryl Dawkins is most noted for his days with the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets, although he also played briefly for the Detroit Pistons and Utah Jazz late in his career. He was nicknamed "Chocolate Thunder" for his powerful dunks, which notably led to the NBA adopting breakaway rims due to Dawkins shattering the backboard on two occasions in 1979. Dawkins averaged double figures in scoring nine times in his 14 years in the NBA, often ranking among the league leaders in field-goal percentage. He also played in the NBA Finals three times as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Learn more about Dawkins.
WNBA Player Alana Beard
After a successful collegiate career at Duke University, Alana Beard was selected in the first round (2nd overall) of the 2004 WNBA Draft by the Washington Mystics. During her eight seasons in the WNBA, Beard started in all but one of the games in which she played. She is a four-time WNBA All-Star and has been named to the WNBA All-Defensive team three times. Beard has also played professionally in Poland during the WNBA off-season and plans to own her own business. She currently sponsors an AAU team called Alana Beard’s Future. Learn more about Beard.
WNBA Legend Tamecka Dixon
A 1997 graduate of Kansas University, Tamecka Dixon was recognized as a Kodak All-American and a Big 12 Player of the Year. Dixon was selected 14th overall by the Los Angeles Sparks in the 1997 WNBA Draft. In 2006 she signed with the Houston Comets, and then joined the Indiana Fever in 2009 before announcing retirement at the end of the season. She went on to become a two-time WNBA Champion (2001, 2001) and three-time WNBA All-Star (2001, 2002 and 2003). Dixon was also a member of the gold-medal-winning 2002 USA Basketball World Championship team.
CBS 2 News Anchor Kristine Johnson
Kristine Johnson joined WCBS-TV in 2006 and anchors CBS 2 News at 5:00 pm and 11:00 pm weekdays, with Maurice DuBois. She was a recipient of three Emmy Awards for her part in breaking news coverage of "The Miracle on the Hudson" and the Brooklyn tornadoes. During her time at CBS 2, she has covered political elections, Pope Benedict's visit to New York City and several other major news events. Before joining WCBS-TV, Johnson worked at NBC News, where she served as anchor for NBC News' "Early Today," alternating anchor for "Weekend Today" and daytime anchor for MSNBC. While at NBC, Johnson interviewed major newsmakers and covered breaking news events such as the killing of Abu Musab Al Zarqawi and the London terror bombings. Learn more about Johnson.
The Harlots and DJ Lenny Leong
Emilia Richman (daughter of a Her Justice staff attorney) and her band The Harlots will perform at the finish line party. The Harlots' members: Emilia Richman (lead vocals), Sam Mercurio (lead guitar), Geena Spigarelli (bass), Kaleen Reading (drums) and Will Salwen (guitar).
The Harlots are a Brooklyn-based band whose members hail from Austin, New Jersey, Philadelphia and New York City. Brought together by their association with the Paul Green School of Rock All-Stars, these diverse young musicians have experience far beyond their years. The band performs their own original music and a blend of rock, rockabilly, punk and blues. With the School of Rock All-Stars, they have performed at such storied festivals and venues as Lollapalooza (Chicago), the legendary CBGB (New York), NAMM (Los Angeles), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Cleveland) and Webster Hall (New York). In addition, they have been joined onstage and performed alongside such rock luminaries as Jon Anderson (Yes), Steven Adler (Guns N' Roses), Ace Frehley (KISS), Perry Farrell (Jane's Addiction) and many others. Lead singer Emilia Richman has been featured belting out classic Janis Joplin in the VH1 Rock Doc Woodstock Now & Then, directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple. Learn more about the band.
Additional party music will be provided by DJ Lenny Leong (Sblendid Selections), who joins Story by Story for a second year. Her Justice sincerely thanks The Harlots and Lenny Leong for donating their services—and talent—to our event.