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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.

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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.

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.”

Woman Sues KHOU After Report Claims She Locked Her Kids in Hot Car

khou kids car reportA Texas mother is suing Houston CBS affiliate KHOU after a report that falsely accused her of leaving her children in a hot car while she went to get a hair cut, the Houston Chronicle reports.

KHOU reported on the incident July 15 based on a witness who said shoppers “took matters into their own hands,” smashing the car window with a hammer while their mother, Araceli Cisneros, was inside the mall. In reality, Cisneros had actually accidentally locked the children — and her car keys — in the car, and had asked for help in smashing the windows to get them.

After the story went viral, Cisneros filed a suit claiming more than $200,000 in damages, the Chronicle reports:

The suit says KHOU and reporter Rucks Russell published the story with a “reckless disregard for its truth or falsity” and without doing the “most basic fact checking.” According to the suit, nationally syndicated TV personality Nancy Grace even picked it up, calling Cisneros an unfit mother. Read more

Courtney Zubowski Will Sign Off From KHOU

courtney zubowskiCourtney Zubowski is leaving Houston CBS affiliate KHOU, Houston media blogger Mike McGuff reports.

“We’ve loved having her in our newsroom and on our air—Courtney’s a game changer. Very sorry to lose her day to day, and she knows this. But Courtney also knows she has all our support and best wishes for whatever comes next,” KHOU executive news director Philip Bruce wrote in a note to staff.

Zubowski tells McGuff she will “pursue new and exciting opportunities” after she signs off later this month.

Katherine Whaley Leaving KHOU

katherine whaleyAs Darby Douglas returns to KHOU as morning traffic reporter, Katherine Whaley — who has been in that role since 2009 — is leaving the Houston CBS affiliate. The Houston Chronicle has details:

Whaley, a graduate of Memorial High School and Rice University who joined Channel 11 in 2009, said she was offered a reporting position with the station that she said she “ultimately determined was not the right fit for me.”

She said she will continue with Channel 11 through most of August and is “engaged in conversations for upcoming opportunities.”

Houston media blogger Mike McGuff, who first reported the story, also talks to Whaley about what’s next.

Former KHOU Reporter Brad Woodard Dies

Former KHOU reporter Brad Woodard was found dead in his Houston home last week.

According to KHOU, authorities found his body Wednesday morning. He hadn’t returned several phone calls from relatives prompting them to ask police to check on him. No foul play was suspected.

He worked at Minneapolis NBC affiliate KARE from 1990 until 2006, before leaving for Houston CBS affiliate KHOU. Both stations remembered Woodard for being an “old school” journalist and award-winning writer.

We’ll forever remember Brad as a kind man with a soft heart.  He had two great passions—storytelling and animals.  Frequently, Brad turned a light on those who abused or neglected innocent creatures and his work on animal abuse—and many other topics—won him multiple local, regional and national honors.   One standout series was his investigative look exposing cruelty to animals used in research to produce pharmaceuticals.   He won a highly-coveted Sigma Delta Chi Award for his feature on the death of the family farm.  And he received the National Epilepsy Foundation Distinguished Journalism Award for his work providing an unprecedented glimpse into the life of a teenage boy living with epilepsy. Read more

Lauren Talarico Joins KHOU From WLTX

lauren talaricoLauren Talarico is joining Houston CBS affiliate KHOU as a multimedia journalist, Houston media blogger Mike McGuff reports. Talarico joins KHOU from WLTX, the CBS affiliate in Columbia, S.C.

“Although I am really going to miss my current station WLTX in Columbia, SC, I am thrilled to be staying with Gannett and joining KHOU,” Talarico told McGuff. “I know that with this company I am able to tell good stories about good people who don’t always get the recognition that they should.”

Talarico started at WLTX as a producer and assignment editor in 2008. In her six years at the station, she worked her way up to morning anchor.

Darby Douglas to Return to Houston’s KHOU

douglas khouDarby Douglas will make his return to KHOU as morning traffic reporter in early July.

Douglas last worked at the Houston CBS affiliate from 1996 until 2009. Most recently, he was the assistant director of operations in Houston for Total Traffic Network. He can also be heard on any one of Houston’s nine Clear Channel radio stations.

“Darby’s a storyteller. He loves weaving a personal yarn or two as he shares his wisdom on how to beat the latest freeway mess,” KHOU executive news director Phil Bruce said in a statement. “We’re looking forward to having him back in the KHOU Family.”

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