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KTRK Shooting Suspect Found Not Guilty

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Back in March, we reported on a shooting at KTRK, the ABC-owned station in Houston.

Employees at the station told CBS affiliate KHOU that they saw a car parked outside the station on the morning of March 27, with a woman inside it videotaping the building on her cellphone.

Just after 9:00 a.m., the woman fired four shots into four cars in the parking lot and another five shots into an upstairs office window. Fortunately, no employees were injured during the attack. The suspect then led officers on a short chase before she was taken into custody. Police later found a semi-automatic handgun with a capacity of 12 rounds in her car.

KTRK now reports that the suspect, Michelle Monique Burks, has been found not guilty by reason of insanity. She was charged with deadly conduct and evading arrest. Burks will be committed to a state mental institution.

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Veteran KTRK Anchor Dave Ward Cutting Back on Newscasts in 2015

dave wardLongtime KTRK anchor Dave Ward is stepping down from his 10:00 p.m. anchor duties at the end of the year. According to the Houston Business Journal, Ward, who has been with the ABC-owned station for 48 years, will continue anchoring the 6:00 p.m. newscasts in 2015, with occasional appearances at 10:00 p.m. for special reports.

This change doesn’t come as a huge surprise, as Ward has had some health problems as of late. We reported back in March of his shoulder surgery, which kept him away from the anchor desk for three weeks. In May 2012, Ward was out for more than a month after breaking his hip in a fall, minutes before a newscast. Despite these injuries, Ward always managed to get back on his feet, and back to work.

In a statement, Ward assured his loyal viewers that he’s not going away entirely:

“You have invited me into your hearts and into your homes, you have trusted me with the day’s news, and I have trusted you to be there, and you have been, for almost 48 years. I am honored and humbled to still be doing the work I love, anchoring ABC-13 Eyewitness News. So let’s be clear — I’m not going anywhere! I’m just going to go home a little earlier, that’s all.”

Ward will anchor his last 10:00 p.m. newscast on December 23.

Reporter Angela Chen Joins KTRK

Angela-ChenWe recently wrote about reporter Jessica Holloway leaving Houston’s KTRK (and TV news altogether) to work for Harris County tax assessor-collector Mike Sullivan.

Well, now we have word on who will be replacing Holloway at the ABC-owned station: reporter Angela Chen. According to Houston media blogger Mike McGuff, Chen has been working at Reno ABC affiliate KOLO for the past year as a morning reporter/fill-in anchor. Before that, she worked at CW affiliate XETV in San Diego as a freelance reporter.

Chen has an impressive resume: she’s fluent in Mandarin, has an undergraduate degree from UC San Diego and a master’s from Columbia. Chen has also been a freelance contributor at The New York Times for the past two years.

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.

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.

KTRK Assistant ND to Retire

kobos mcguffEarlier this week, we reported Houston ABC owned station KTRK had promoted executive news producer of special projects Wendy Granato to news director. Now we find out assistant news director Don Kobos, is retiring.

According to Houston media blogger Mike McGuff, who first reported the news, Kobos had been a reporter at the station since 1982. He moved into the Assistant ND role in 2000.

Before joining KTRK, Kobos was an investigative reporter at WRAL in Raleigh. He started his career also worked at WWBT in Richmond, Va. in 1976.

Wendy Granato Named KTRK News Director

KTRK LOGOHouston ABC owned station KTRK has named Wendy Granato VP of news and digital content.

Granato started at KTRK in 1998. For the past 12 years, she has worked as executive news producer of special projects.

“Wendy gives us a seasoned news manager who will hit the ground running,” KTRK president and GM, Henry Florsheim said in a statement. “She knows the market, the staff and has demonstrated the ability to create top quality content across a range of formats and platforms.”

She started her career at KATC in Lafayette, La. She had also worked at KWNS in Houston where she was made news director in 1996.

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Dave Strickland Resigns from KTRK

KTRK LOGOKTRK news director Dave Strickland has resigned.

Houston media blogger Mike McGuff, who first reported the story, said Strickland told staffers Friday “the job was affecting his family, life and personal relationships.”

Strickland started at the station as an intern. He left in 1994 to work at WAVY in Hampton Roads, VA, as an executive producer before being named news director in 1996. He returned to KTRK in 2000 as news director.

ABC News on Apple TV Goes Local

Lost Remote reports on ABC News’ Apple TV launch this morning, which in addition to a variety of national and global news content, offers some local news flavor.

The new Apple TV product, which launched this morning at 10amET, offers a local news section, which showcases top video-on-demand clips from some of the country’s biggest markets. At launch, content from eight ABC-owned stations — including WABC in New York, KABC in Los Angeles, WLS in Chicago, WPVI in Philadelphia, KGO in San Francisco, KTRK in Houston, WTVD in Raleigh and KFSN in Fresno — can be found under the local tab. Content from WISN, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Milwaukee, will also be offered.

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“The local experience is something that we’re very eager to launch and then expand upon,” Doug Vance, ABC News VP of Product Strategy, said.

Simon Gutierrez Joins KPTV From KTRK

Simon Gutierrez has joined KPTV, the Fox affiliate in Portland. Gutierrez comes from KTRK, the ABC-owned station in Houston, where had been a reporter since January 2013.

It is a return to Oregon for Gutierrez, who grew up in Elmira and attended the University of Oregon. He has previously worked at KSAT in San Antonio and at ESPN.

[h/t Mike McGuff]

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