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Shots Fired at KTRK in Houston

Shots have been fired at KTRK, the ABC-owned station in Houston. A tipster tells us all employees are being kept inside the station for safety reasons.

>Update: KTRK has posted a story about the incident online: Read more

Veteran Houston Anchor Back on Air After Surgery

ward_ktrk croppedKTRK anchor Dave Ward is back on the anchor desk after successful shoulder surgery.

“The cartilage had worn out on my right shoulder,” Ward told the Houston Chronicle. “So they put in some kind of plastic cartilage replacement and a rod in the ball joint and sewed me up, and here I am.”

He was absent from ABC owned station KTRK for three weeks while recovering.

Ward has been with KTRK since 1966 and has been its primary anchor since 1968. He returned to air last week to anchor the 6:00 p.m. news. According to the Chronicle, he hopes to be back on the 10:00 p.m soon.

“I’ve had a little maintenance,” said Ward. “But I’m good for another 50,000 miles.”

Ford Atkinson Retires After 22 Years at KRIV

ford atkinsonAfter 22 years at KRIV, Ford Atkinson is retiring from the Fox owned station in Houston, media blogger Mike McGuff reports.

“Whether on the anchor desk or out in the field reporting, Ford has established a solid reputation for his keen news sense and dedication to this station. We will miss his aggressive approach to covering news and wish him well in this next chapter of his life,” KRIV news director Bob Morford told McGuff.

Atkinson was a reporter for the morning newscast. Before he joined KRIV, he worked at stations in Montana, Washington, Utah and Arkansas, according to his KRIV bio.

KHOU Looks Back at News Helicopter Crashes in Houston


Houston CBS affiliate KHOU is using the fatal crash of the KOMO news helicopter in Seattle to remind viewers of similar accidents in the Houston market.

Houston has had its own deadly history of news helicopter crashes. In 2008, a pilot and photographer were killed when KTRK’s chopper crashed in a wooded area of Montgomery County.it was caused by mechanical failure.

In 2000, weather contributed to the crash of FOX 26’s helicopter crash in River oaks, killing the pilot.

In 2001, KHOU’s Air 11 broke apart after hydraulic problems forced a hard landing on top of KHOU’s Studios. There were no serious injuries.

Bob Spradlin, former pilot for the station’s “Air 11,” told the station the challenge for news pilots is to stay focused, “You may have five people trying to tell you what to do at the same time,” said Spradlin. “So it’s a little rough at times trying to sort out the messages.”

KHOU Anchor Talks About DUI Arrest On Show

KHOU anchor Ron Trevino took some time out of the Houston CBS affiliate’s morning news to talk about his recent arrest for DWI.

“This has been an embarrassing thing for me, my family and for KHOU but it’s important for me to talk about it,” Trevino told viewers. “Nothing like this has ever happened to me before and I’m still processing it myself.”

Trevino was arrested last Tuesday on suspicion of driving under the influence.

He told viewers KHOU has been transparent in reporting the story and will continue to keep viewers updated. He ended by saying, “Thank you for everything.”

KHOU’s Ron Trevino Arrested For DUI

ron trevinoKHOU anchor Ron Trevino was arrested Tuesday night for DUI, the Houston CBS affiliate reports on its website.

“We are aware of the circumstances surrounding the arrest and are grateful that neither Ron nor any others were injured in this incident,” the station said in a statement online. “…KHOU supports Ron as he goes through the legal process.”

It is the first offense for Trevino, who anchors the morning newscasts at KHOU, according to the Houston Chronicle. He was released on a $500 bond and will next appear in court on March 19.

Katie McCall Signs Off From KTRK

katie mccallKatie McCall has left KTRK, Houston media reporter Mike McGuff reports.

McCall, who worked as a weekend anchor and weekday reporter during her five years at the ABC owned station, is leaving for a “higher-profile anchoring gig,” according to McGuff.

McCall has previously worked for WSMV in Nashville, KGUN in Tucson and WBBM in Chicago.

Vicente Arenas Joins CBS News From KHOU

vicente arenasVicente Arenas is joining CBS News as a Miami-based correspondent next month.

Arenas joins the network from KHOU, the CBS affiliate in Houston, where he has been a weekend anchor and reporter since 2003. Before that, Arenas worked at WOAI in San Antonio and KTRK in Houston.

Arenas will officially begin at CBS on March 17.

Shots Fired in KTRK Parking Lot

KTRK LOGOShots were fired this morning in the parking lot of KTRK, the ABC owned station in Houston, media blogger Mike McGuff reports:

A Houston Police Department spokesperson told mikemcguff.com it happened around 5:40am. Police say a witness saw a person point and fire a weapon into the parking lot.

Five vehicles in the parking lot were damaged as a result with several having windows shot out. At least some of the event was captured on surveillance cameras. A police investigation is underway.

There were no reports of injuries. The incident comes just a week after a man pointed a gun at a KTRK crew and told them to get off his property. The man was charged with aggravated assault.

KRIV Adds Maria Corrales as MMJ

kriv logoHouston FOX owned station KRIV has announced the addition of Maria Corrales as multimedia journalist for the 5:00 p.m. weekday show.

KRIV VP and news director Bob Morford said in a statement, “Maria’s experience as both a journalist and a government relations expert will expand the depth of our coverage on critical issues in our community, especially in the area of public health. We look forward to her contributions to our team.”

Corrales, who will also work on the weekend shows, comes to KRIV from KXLN in Houston where she was a news reporter and producer. She has also worked for Telemundo Houston and KTRK in Houston.

She joins the station Monday February 24.

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