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NFL Network Cuts Hit Home For Local Baltimore Native Melissa Stark

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The NFL as a league is healthier and more robust than ever. But its main media outlet, NFL Network, is not.

The Athletic reported on Thursday that NFL Network is making more cuts, and announced four names that have been let go by the struggling outlet.

Apr 27, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; NFL Network broadcaster Melissa Stark at the first round of the

Andrew Siciliano, James Palmer, Will Selva and Melissa Stark are out.

“As is normal course of business this time of year, we are evaluating our talent roster for the upcoming 2024 season and beyond,” NFL Network spokesperson Alex Riethmiller told Marchand. “That process results in renewals, non-renewals and additions to our talent lineup depending on programming needs. To those departing talent, we give our sincere thanks and appreciation for their hard work and contributions to NFL Media.”

For Baltimore natives and residents, Stark is a familiar figure. She was born and raised in and around Baltimore, and her father was an eye surgeon at a clinic located inside Johns Hopkins Hospital and used to work for the Colts treating player’s eye injures.

Stark is a graduate from the Roland Park Country School in Baltimore where she was class valedictorian.

She got her feet wet in the broadcast business at WMAR-TV in Baltimore where she was a news intern on the assignments desk before moving her internship to the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather in 1993 and 1994.

Stark joined ESPN in 1996, ABC Sports in 2000 and NBC Sports in 2003 before joining NFL Network in 2011.

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