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Former KTBC Anchor Diagnosed with Leukemia

hernandez_cropped_ktbcLoriana Hernandez left Austin FOX owned station KTBC earlier this month. She told viewers she was leaving to be with her husband and two year old son in Washington, D.C.

But, as Austin360.com reports, when Hernandez had some blood work done as part of the process to have a second child via in vitro fertilization, doctors found she had leukemia.

“The doctor called me crying,” Hernandez told Austin360. “I said, ‘What? You must be kidding.’ I was yelling and crying. It was unreal.”

Sadly, her doctor wasn’t kidding. She was very, very ill.

Hernandez wasted little time, booking a last-minute ticket and arriving at the world-renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital late Monday. She expects to start six weeks of on-and-off chemotherapy Tuesday or Wednesday.

“They told me, ‘This can’t wait,’” she said.

The support from friends, former co-workers — and viewers who’ve never met the vibrant broadcast journalist — has been, from the start, overwhelming, Hernandez said. She says she is so incredibly grateful.

“I’m so touched,” she said. “My stomach hurts from crying so much, but I know I can beat this. I can kick its ass. I look at my precious son and I say, ‘Failure is not an option.’”

Austin Reporter Uses Fall During Live Shot as Teachable Moment


During a morning live shot, KEYE reporter Ashley Miller gave viewers of the Austin CBS affiliate a firsthand look at the icy conditions she was reporting on.

After her slip, she got back up and told viewers, “So it’s extremely slippery. I actually just fell on the pavement and that’s the same thing that’s happening on the roadways.”

KTBC Adds Anchor to ‘Good Day Austin’

salinas_kdafAmanda Salinas has been named anchor for “Good Day Austin,” the morning news show for Austin FOX owned station KTBC.

“As a native Texan, who graduated from the University of Texas and has spent most of her career reporting and anchoring here, there is no one better versed on all things Austin than Amanda,” KTBC vice president and news director Pam Vaught said in a statement.

Salinas comes to KTBC from KDAF in Dallas. She has also worked at WPBF in West Palm Beach, WFAA in Dallas, KCEN in Waco and KGNS in Laredo, TX.

Beginning January 20, she joins Dave Froehlich, Zack Shields and Keri Bellacosa on “Good Day” and Froehlich as anchor on the Noon news.

Former KVUE General Manager Dies

Joe Jerkins, the former president and general manager of KVUE, died Tuesday from leukemia. He led the Austin ABC affiliate from 1979 to 1989 and served as president of the Texas Association of Broadcasters in 1991.

Watch KVUE’s tribute to Jerkins above. [h/t Austin 360]

Loriana Hernandez Leaving Austin FOX Station

hernandez_cropped_ktbcLoriana Hernandez has announced she is leaving KTBC.

“I have some bitter sweet news to share this Tuesday morning,” Hernandez wrote on her facebook page. “After 7 years here at Fox 7 I have decided it is time for me to join my husband Cesar in the DC area so we can raise our 19-month old son Gabriel under one roof. My husband and I have commuted for the past few years so I could keep doing what I love doing here at FOX 7 but we need to be together as a family.”

The morning anchor for the Austin FOX owned station went on to say her last day on-air would be January 3, but plans to stay in Austin until late January.

Hernandez came to KTBC in 2007. She started her career at CNN and CNN En Español and has also worked at KSEE in Fresno and KXAS in Dallas.

[Austin 360]

KXAN Ups Shannon Wolfson to Evening Anchor

wolfson_croppedKXAN has promoted investigative reporter Shannon Wolfson to evening anchor for the Austin NBC affiliate.

Beginning December 2, Wolfson will join Robert Hadlock, chief weathercaster Jim Spencer and sports director Roger Wallace for the KXAN 5, 6 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts and the 9:00 pm. news on CW affiliate KNVA.

“I’ve been so honored and humbled to be part of this team of incredible journalists at KXAN for the last seven years,” Wolfson said in a statement. “I’m beyond excited about this new opportunity and look forward to continuing my investigative reporting, as well.”

Wolfson takes over for Leslie Rhode who announced she was leaving last month. She started at KXAN in 2006 as a reporter and was named named main anchor of the CW news at 9:00 p.m. in 2009. She came back to the station as an investigative reporter in June after a three month hiatus.

[Austin American-Statesman]

Ashley Paredez Joins Austin FOX Station

paredez_kfdaAshley Paredez has joined Austin FOX owned station KTBC as a general assignment reporter.

Paredez came to KTBC from KFDA in Amarillo, TX. She interned at KTBC in 2008. You can watch her KFDA farewell video after the jump.

She announced the move on facebook saying she was moving closer to home, “It’s a bitter sweet moment to leave Amarillo and the friendships I’ve made here but I look forward to the future God has planned for me.” Read more

Ericka Miller Joins KEYE From WXII

ericka miller_304x200Ericka Miller has joined Austin CBS affiliate KEYE as the weekend anchor, Houston media blogger Mike McGuff reports.

Miller most recently worked at WXII, the NBC affiliate in Winston-Salem, as a weekend news and sports anchor. She left in May after two years with the station.

Before WXII, Miller worked at KAAL in Rochester, Minn. She replaces Katherine Stolp, who left the television business earlier this year.

Leslie Rhode Leaving KXAN Again

rhode_croppedKXAN anchor Leslie Rhode is leaving the Austin NBC affiliate.

She told media writer Gary Dinges of Austin360.com she wants to spend more time with her family and “breathe a bit” before looking for a new job with more family friendly hours.

“I need a better work-life balance,” Rhode said. “That’s what this all comes down to. I have a 5-year-old and an 8-year-old and I want to see them more. Right now, I drop them off at school in the morning, then I don’t get to see them again until the next morning.”

“Leslie will be greatly missed,” said KXAN president and general manager Eric Lassberg. “From the bottom of our hearts, all of us at KXAN thank her for the many years of great work.”

Rhode is in her second go round at KXAN. She first started at KXAN in 1995 and worked there until 2003. She came back in 2008 after working at WJLA in Washington, D.C.

Foti Kallergis Set to Join KTRK in Houston

foti kallergisFoti Kallergis is joining KTRK in Houston as a reporter.  He begins at the ABC O&O on September 30.

It is a return to Texas television for Kallergis, who has previously worked at KVUE and KTBC in Austin. He left KTBC in 2012 to help run his family business.

“I always dreamed of reporting in my hometown, so this is a major career accomplishment. It’s also a full-circle moment because I started my TV News career at Ch.13 as an intern,” Kallergis wrote on Facebook. “I feel honored and blessed to have this opportunity, and I can’t wait to serve my hometown.” [h/t Mike McGuff]

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