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Brian Collister Joins Austin’s KXAN

brian collisterBrian Collister is joining KXAN, the NBC affiliate in Austin, as an investigative reporter.

Collister — who specializes in investigating fraud, corruption and government waste — most recently worked at KTRK, the ABC-owned station in Houston. Before that, he spent several years at WOAI, the NBC affiliate in San Antonio.

“Brian has earned a reputation throughout Texas and across the country as a powerful investigative reporter who gets results and holds powerful people accountable,” KXAN news director Chad Cross said in a statement. “Because KXAN News focuses on in-depth, investigative journalism, it’s crucial to have reporters like Brian on our team. He’s an expert at using our lawful right to access public information.  He knows who to talk to, where to get the answers viewers want.”

How Houston Stations Covered the KTRK Shooting

Houston stations covered breaking news about a rival newsroom this morning as a woman was arrested for firing several shots at KTRK‘s studio and parking lot around 9 a.m.

KPRC broke into the 9 a.m. hour of the “Today” show with a brief report of the news anchored by Owen Conflenti and Rachel McNeill. “We want to tell you first and foremost that everyone is okay from when we called over there to our friends at KTRK to check on what’s going on,” McNeill said. The station had Ryan Korsgard reporting from the scene for the 11 a.m. newscast.

Fox owned KRIV reported the news during the station’s regular 9 a.m. newscast, anchored by Tom Zizka and Melissa Wilson. “Gunfire at our colleague station just down the street along Bissonnet and Buffalo Speedway, KTRK,” Zizka reported. KRIV had Hilary Whittier reporting from the scene for the station’s noon newscast.

CBS affiliate KHOU led its noon newscast with Andrew Horansky at the scene. “We are happy to report that none of our friends or colleagues here at Channel 13 were injured this morning,” Horansky said. “Police are telling us they do not expect to be making any more arrests in this case.”

KTRK Grateful Staffers Are ‘Safe and Sound’ After Shooting

ktrk shooting 2Following a shooting outside the KTRK studios this morning, the ABC-owned station in Houston has issued a statement thanking law enforcement and a witness.

“We want to thank Jeff Tobin, the alert eyewitness who heroically took photos while shots were still being fired, which helped police quickly apprehend the suspect,” the station said in a statement provided to TVSpy. “We are grateful to Houston Police Department for their fast response, that no one was injured and the ABC-13 staff is safe and sound.”

A female suspect is in custody in connection to the shooting, which left bullet holes in cars parked outside KTRK. In a story posted online, KTRK said the car the suspect was arrested in appears to be similar to one caught on surveillance video of a shooting outside the station last month.

Watch the station’s report on the shooting after the jump. Read more

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.

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