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KTRK Reporter Jessica Holloway Leaving TV News

JessicaHollowayJessica Holloway, a reporter for Houston’s KTRK, has decided to leave not only the ABC-owned station, but the world of TV news altogether.

Holloway, known around these parts for rescuing a drowning armadillo, has joined Harris County tax assessor-collector Mike Sullivan as his new outreach manager. Holloway has been working in television and radio for more than 12 years. Prior to joining KTRK in 2014, she was an investigative reporter at ABC affiliate KVUE in Austin, Texas.

Holloway spoke to Houston media blogger Mike McGuff about how her TV experience has prepared her for her new role:

“My goal has always been to come back to my hometown and serve my community. I strive for fairness, honesty and transparency in my work. I have extensive experience covering county government and politics. My experience will translate into a strong leadership role, ensuring citizens’ needs are given the utmost priority,” she said.

Reporter Syan Rhodes Promoted to Weekend Anchor at KPRC

SyanRhodesReporter Syan Rhodes has been promoted to weekend anchor at Houston NBC affiliate KPRC. The anchor seat next to Phillip Mena has been empty since Irika Sargent left for Miami CBS-owned WFOR back in May.

KPRC senior executive producer Rick McFarland confirmed the promotion to media blogger Mike McGuff.

Rhodes previously worked at Orlando NBC affiliate WESH as an anchor.

Anoushah Rasta Named Reporter at KPRC

Anoushah3Anoushah Rasta has joined Houston NBC affiliate KPRC as a reporter.

KPRC news director Rhonda Errer LaVelle confirmed the move to Houston media blogger Mike McGuff. Rasta previously worked at NBC affiliate KTSM in El Paso, Texas, where she was weekend anchor and reporter.

Before that, Rasta was a news assistant, apprentice and freelance traffic producer at Los Angeles ABC-owned station KABC.

KHOU Debuts New Gannett Ticker

Houston CBS affiliate KHOU has debuted a brand new Gannett/USA Today-inspired ticker, complete with color coded stories, constant time and temperature updates and an ‘information system to enhance your viewing experience.’

According to KHOU’s website:

“KHOU 11 News is making it easier for you to watch our newscasts with our new, easy-to-read graphic design. Our new design will help you get more out of our newscasts with a simple interface and the color coding will help you easily identify content in our newscasts.”

Watch above as anchor Lisa Hernandez takes viewers through the new features.

KPRC Anchors Make Appearance on ‘Tonight Show’

Last night, KPRC anchors Dominique Sachse, Bill Balleza and chief meteorologist Frank Billingsley, made separate surprise appearances on ”The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

Media blogger Mike McGuff reports that the threesome from the Houston NBC affiliate were part of a segment called I’ve Got Good News and Good News,” where Jimmy Fallon has anchors from across the country (NBC affiliates only) give their viewers happy news for once.

Watch as these cheerful anchors discuss why you’re the coolest person in the world, why traffic jams are no longer possible where you live, and why there’s a forecast of 100% puppy hugs.

Katherine Whaley Makes Her KTRK Debut

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Traffic reporter Katherine Whaley, formerly of Houston CBS affiliate KHOU, made her debut last night on ABC owned KTRK as an evening traffic reporter. Prior to KHOU, Whaley worked at KVBC in Las Vegas as anchor, reporter and weathercaster.

In addition to her broadcast journalism career, Whaley is also the author of a cooking blog, Dash of Decadence which she told Houston media blogger Mike McGuff all about last month.

No word on whether Whaley is allowed to continue her blogging career while working at KTRK.

Check out the station’s Instagram post welcoming Whaley here.

Grace White Leaving San Antonio for Houston

grace_white_photoGrace White is set to join Houston CBS affiliate KHOU as a reporter.

White comes from San Antonio NBC and FOX affiliate WOAI-KABB where she was the weekend co-anchor. KHOU news director Philip Bruce told TVSpy White starts Monday, October 20.

“It’s always been a dream to work in my hometown,” White told the San Antonio Express-News. “Looking forward to reporting and having the chance to fill-in anchor at a station I grew up watching.”

White came to WOAI-KABB from KLFY in Lafayette, La.. She has also worked at WEAR in Pensacola, Fla.

KPRC’s Meteorologist Anthony Yanez Writes a Children’s Book

Weather-bookAnthony Yanez, a meteorologist at Houston NBC affiliate KPRC, has written a children’s book about the weather: A Wild Ride on the Water Cycle: A Jake & Alice Adventure. 

Yanez told the Houston Chronicle‘s columnist Ken Hoffman that the inspiration for the book came to him seven years ago when he was speaking to kindergartners about his job:

“I couldn’t use my power point presentation, so I had to improvise. I got a boy and girl to join me in the front of the classroom and told the kids, ‘Here are two drops of water.’ I told the story of the water cycle with these two kids acting out the parts and a book was born.”

Yanez explained that the lack of children’s books about the weather inspired him to write one of his own:

“I get asked to read to pre-school and elementary school students quite often, and there aren’t many children’s books about weather that kids enjoy. I hope this book changes that,” Yanez said. “Who better to write a children’s weather book than a meteorologist?”

A Wild Ride will be the first in a series of weather books, which will include topics like tornadoes, hurricanes and clouds. A Wild Ride will be available online and in stores later this month.

KHOU Names Consumer Reporter

Craig KHOUKHOU has named general assignment reporter Tiffany Craig as its consumer reporter.

Craig started at the Houston CBS affiliate in 2010. She began her on-air career at KVII in Amarillo, Tex. She has also worked at WCFT-WJSU in Birmingham, Ala., and WKRG in Mobile.

“This year, we’ve spent a good amount of time looking for the right person to serve as our new consumer advocate reporter—someone who can tell a great story and understand what we’re trying to accomplish. Someone who’s productive and knows how to dig. Someone who has high journalistic standards and applies them to every story. A strong reporter who completely grasps the impact of what we put on the air and online,” KHOU executive news director Philip Bruce wrote about Craig in an email to staffers. “Turns out that person has been here all along.”

Reporter Kaitlin McCulley Joins KTRK

Screen Shot 2014-09-26 at 10.01.19 AMKaitlin McCulley has joined Houston ABC-owned station KTRK in Houston as an MMJ. Mike McGuff has more:

Previously, McCulley was an MMJ/reporter at WIAT 42 Birmingham, Alabama where she worked since 2011. Before that she interned at MSNBC’s Morning Joe in 2009 and WWSB-TV, Tampa.

McCulley is a gradate of Samford University in Birmingham.