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Houston Photojournalist Rolling When Driver Careens Through Crowd


KHOU photojournalist Scott Stevens was rolling when a Houston man drove his car through a crowd of people.

According to the Houston CBS affiliate’s video (above), the driver is the father of a man who was accused of killing and wounding two men earlier in the day. Neighbors blame that shooting on escalating tension in the neighborhood.

“Why would I be in the car and let him do that,” asked passenger Deshonna Smith, who is the fiancée of the driver. “They came out here picking on him. This was self defense.”

The video shows a bike being hurled at the car moments before it careened toward a sea of people.

Smith claims the victim’s family was taunting her man, and one thing led to another.

“That’s when he got upset. The man threw the bicycle. Another man came and punched him in his face. That’s when you seen the car go up in the median,” said Smith. “The devil has taken over this whole apartment complex. This ain’t nothing but Satan’s playground.” Read more

Alice Barr Joins KHOU From KCTV

alice barrAfter two years at KCTV in Kansas City, Alice Barr is joining KHOU in Houston, Mike McGuff reports.

“I can’t wait to get started at KHOU,” Barr told McGuff. “I’m thrilled to be joining a team of journalists with a reputation for uncovering the big stories and telling them well. I’m also looking forward to exploring Houston and the Lone Star State. I’ll be taking recommendations for any hidden treasures to visit, as well as story ideas. I know there is so much happening in the news, and in the city, in Houston and I’m excited to dive in.”

Barr was a reporter at KCTV, the CBS affiliate in Kansas City. Before that, she worked at KGAN-KFXA in Cedar Rapids and WIFR in Rockford, Ill.

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.”

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.

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.

Former KHOU News Director Dick John Dies

john_khou_croppedDick John, news director and anchor for Houston CBS affiliate KHOU from 1968 to 1975, has died.

According to the Houston Chronicle, John died in his sleep Tuesday. He was 84.

He was known for hiring future network news stars like Jessica Savitch and Linda Ellerbee among others.

John was a member of a group of station alumni. His son wrote on the group’s facebook page, “He loved you all and now is with the love of his life Ramona, his dogs, and those that have gone before. I can also say that as a father he was the best.”

Jacqueline Crea Joins KHOU

jacqueline creaJacqueline Crea is joining Houston CBS affiliate KHOU as a general assignment reporter, Houston media blogger Mike McGuff reports.

Crea comes from KTSM, the NBC affiliate in El Paso, where she is a multimedia journalist. She has previously worked at KNSD, the NBC owned station in San Diego.

Crea begins at KHOU next month, McGuff reports.

WPTV Reporter Alex Sanz to Join the AP

alex sanzAfter two years at WPTV, Alex Sanz is leaving the West Palm Beach NBC affiliate to work for the Associated Press. He will be based in Atlanta and his stories will appear across all platforms, including broadcast, digital and mobile.

“This is a great opportunity for Alex and certainly a loss of us. Alex’s experience allowed him to bring necessary context to stories and meetings. His ability to navigate City Hall allowed us to get in front of some big stories,” WPTV news director Mike Garber wrote in a note to station staffers this week.

Before WPTV, Sanz worked at KHOU in Houston and WTHR in Indianapolis.

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