Friday, December 08, 2017

Patricia Lopez leaves abc13 KTRK

After 10 years, abc13 KTRK consumer reporter Patricia Lopez quits abc13 KTRK

KTRK abc13 Stretch Your Dollar morning anchor Patricia Lopez is leaving the station and going out in style!

In all my years of blogging about the Houston media, I don't remember anyone posting a highly produced Facebook video detailing their departure.

In case you are at work or a place where you can't watch video, here is what Lopez told her fans:

"After ten years at channel 13, it's with mixed emotions, that I have my final goodbye next week, December 15, 2017.

You know 2017 was a rough year for my family and so many people in the Houston area and I had a chance to reflect on the last few months and make a decision about my future and my heart is at home with my four children. That's another full-time job and I'm excited about that new adventure.

But you can always catch me on social media still - PatriciaonTV on Instagram and Twitter and Facebook as well. So, I appreciate all your thoughts and prayers.

It's been a very difficult time. But we look forward to coming back stronger and better than ever.

And I want to thank my colleagues and managers at channel 13 who have made that such an amazing job the last ten years.

I appreciate it. But I look forward to keeping in touch with you so please shoot me an email. Bye."

Before returning to Houston in 2007, the Kingwood High grad worked in New York City at WPIX CW11 Morning News.

While there, she even was a finalist in the 2003 search for a new co-host position on ABC's The View.

Before the Big Apple, Lopez worked as a reporter at KCNC-TV Denver and KOKI-TV Tulsa. Lopez's bio also said she worked in Washington, D.C and Wichita Falls.

She is a University of Oklahoma graduate.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

KHOU 11 wins Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award 2018

Big news for KHOU 11 today. The TEGNA station has won an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.

The prestigious award recognizes excellence in broadcast, digital and documentary journalism.

The KHOU investigative department was recognized for something I told you about last year.


Reporter Jeremy Rogalski and team produced “Transparency,” which was a digital-first investigation that exposed the lack of accountability and the improper use of police body cameras in the city of Houston.

"Very humbled by today’s announcement that 'Transparency,' our four-month investigation into the Houston Police body camera program, earned the Alford I. duPont-Columbia University Award, the broadcast equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize," Rogalski posted on Facebook.

"I'm proud of this body of work on so many levels, in particular that it was a digital-first investigation," KHOU President & General Manager Susan McEldoon told "It’s a perfect example of the positive impact local journalism has on its community."

According to TEGNA, the four-month investigation revealed the Houston Police Department failed to release timely footage for criminal cases and declined to conduct promised video audits. In response to the documentary, the Houston police chief immediately addressed the camera technology issues and pledged to discipline any officers who fail to activate cameras when required.

Here is the award listing:


This innovative long-form report, based on a four month-investigation of the Houston PD’s $8 million body camera program, revealed its many weaknesses, including hundreds of cases with missing footage, major delays in releasing videos, and a general lack of accountability.


Jeremy Rogalski, Investigative Reporter;

Keith Tomshe, Investigative Photojournalist;

Stephanie Kuzydym, Investigative Producer;

Ty Scholes, Investigative Producer;

Matt Keyser, Digital Producer;

Ellen Crooke, Vice President News.

TEGNA is the only local broadcast group to receive two silver batons for investigative reporting.

KARE 11 in Minneapolis also took home the prize.

“Like many of our TEGNA stations, KARE and KHOU have produced incredibly meaningful work that impacts the lives of many. Their projects are strong examples of the positive impact of local journalism on communities and the importance of storytelling for the public interest,” said Dave Lougee, president and CEO, TEGNA. “We are committed to continuing to invest in our local stations to ensure they have the journalistic freedom to pursue investigations that make communities stronger without bias or agenda.”

Both stations will be recognized in an awards ceremony hosted by some of the country’s leading broadcast journalists on January 16, 2018, at Columbia University’s Low Memorial Library.

The Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award recognizes excellence in broadcast, digital and documentary journalism.

See other 2018 duPont Winners

Houston's 12 Days of Christmas with abc13 anchors

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Hottest Houston social media stars November 2017

Share Rocket gives us data on how each Houston TV station and the corresponding air staff members performed on Facebook and Twitter for the month of November 2017.

Share Rocket is, "a social media ratings and audience solution providing media companies an easy way to quantify their social media equity, benchmark against peers and turn social market intelligence into insights that drive social success."

Texas TV & radio job moves November 2017

Houston Media
  1. abc13 KTRK
  2. FOX 26 KRIV
  3. KHOU 11
  4. KPRC 2
  5. Houston Chronicle
  6. 47 Telemundo
  7. 45 Univision
  8. Houston Press
  9. Houston's 39
  10. CultureMap Houston

Top 5 individuals

  1. Jennifer Reyna
  2. Dominique Sachse
  3. Jacob Rascon
  4. Adam Wexler
  5. Britta Merwin

  1. Chita Craft
  2. Daniel Gotera
  3. Brandi Smith
  4. Bill Bishop (Managing Editor)
  5. Melissa Correa

abc 13 KTRK
  1. Collin Myers
  2. Samica Knight
  3. Mayra Moreno
  4. Melanie Lawson
  5. Travis Herzog

  1. Mark Berman
  2. Kaitlin Monte
  3. Isiah Carey
  4. Coco Dominguez
  5. Chrisdyann Uribe

Univision 45 KXLN
  1. Marcela Perez Barros
  2. Karina Yapor
  3. Laura Sierra
  4. Deysy Rios
  5. Gabriel Torres

Telemundo 47 KTMD
  1. Yusnaby Pérez
  2. Martín Berlanga
  3. Ubaldo Martínez
  4. Carlos A. Robles
  5. Augusto Bernal

Houston Chronicle
  1. Jonathan Feigen
  2. John McClain
  3. Brian T. Smith
  4. Joseph Duarte
  5. Jake Kaplan

DISCLAIMER: The top five Houston Chronicle staffers are listed at the bottom. I did not include KIAH 39 because it does not have five full-time on-air employees to make up the list. No Houston radio stations are listed in the Share Rocket database.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Texas TV & radio job moves November 2017


Former KTRK abc13 intern and WXIX anchor Kara Sewell is heading to WFAA morning desk.

NBC5 KXAS has hired former network anchor/reporter Vinita Nair as a “special assignments” reporter sources have confirmed to

WFAA 8 hires Cleo Greene and Matt Howerton.


PBS announced the results of its recent Board elections following its first Board meeting of fiscal year 2018. Four Professional Directors who were elected by the PBS membership in August took their seats at the meeting including Houston Public Media associate vice president and general manager, Lisa Shumate. She was elected to a second term. Shumate was elected as Professional Vice Chair. She will serve alongside Afsaneh Beschloss, founder and CEO of the global investment and advisory firm The Rock Creek Group, who was elected as General Vice Chair.

Houstonia Magazine managing editor Katharine Shilcutt leaves for a job as a Media Relations Specialist at Rice University.

Houston Public Media News 88.7 KUHF news anchor/reporter Ed Mayberry has announced his retirement to take place in February 2018.

- Hottest Houston social media stars November 2017
- Atom Smasher returns to morning radio
- Erica Simon joins abc13 KTRK
- VIDEO: 2017 Texas Radio Hall of Fame inductee acceptance speeches
- Fmr. Houston anchor Phillip Mena debuts on NBC
- Anoushah Rasta leaves KPRC 2
- Lance Zierlein reunites with John Granato on ESPN 97.5
- Chip Brewster leaves KPRC 2
- Rita Garcia leaving FOX 26 KRIV for FOX 11 LA
- Arden Ward named editorial director and Steven Devadanam replaces Clifford Pugh as Houston editor at CultureMap


KENS' Sarah Lucero has anchored her last newscast in San Antonio.

KENS Reporter Alicia Elena Neaves has signed off from the station.

Karen Grace's mysterious absence the latest in many changes at KENS.


Tina Shively departs KVUE for new gig.


After 18 years at KTXS, longtime anchor George Levesque is leaving.

Meteorologist MATT HOLINER moves to mornings at KRGV in the Weslaco-Brownsville market. - Steve Swienckowski at DCA Talent.

KGBT CBS 4 hires Marybel González as weekend anchor.

Former abc13 KTRK sports anchor and KXXV Waco news anchor Bruce Gietzen to serve as director of student publications at Baylor University.

What are they hiding in Ventura County from Sean Mireskandari?

Monday, December 04, 2017

CultureMap revamps editorial team

Arden Ward named editorial director and Steven Devadanam replaces Clifford Pugh as Houston editor

Arden Ward

December 4, 2017 (Houston, TX) —, the leading digital provider of lifestyle content in Texas, has revamped its editorial department, announcing Arden Ward as statewide editorial director and Steven Devadanam as Houston editor.

“I am delighted to announce the promotion of Arden Ward to run editorial for CultureMap statewide,” said David Gow, CEO of Gow Media. “Arden has leadership qualities, strong editorial skills, and a deep understanding of the content that resonates with our audiences.”

Ward joined CultureMap in 2011, during its expansion to Austin. She served as executive editor in Austin before becoming network managing editor, where she played an integral role in the brand’s expansion to the Fort Worth and San Antonio markets.

Steven Devadanam

Devadanam brings a diverse set of experiences to his new role as editor of Houston. His background includes strategic roles at Village Voice Media, Modern Luxury, and NFL Network.

“We are excited to welcome Steven to the CultureMap team,” Ward said. “He is a champion of the brand and brings great enthusiasm for the city and its culture — which we look forward to sharing with our readers on a daily basis.”

Devadanam replaces Clifford Pugh, who served as editor-in-chief of CultureMap Houston since the company’s inception in 2009.

“Clifford has been instrumental in the development of CultureMap,” said Gow. “We are very grateful for his leadership and the mark he has made over the past eight years.”

Devadanam is just the latest in a series of strong additions to the CultureMap editorial team. In May, the company announced the hiring of Ken Hoffman, the longstanding popular columnist from the Houston Chronicle. And more recently, under Ward’s leadership, CultureMap hired Stephanie Allmon Merry as managing editor in Dallas, and Katie Friel as editor in Austin and Brandon Watson as food editor in Austin.

“We have been investing in the editorial team across the state,” said Gow. “With these additions, we are poised to extend our leadership position.”

About Gow Media
Gow Media, LLC is a leading sports media company founded in 2007 and based in Houston. The company owns two sports stations in Houston: ESPN 97.5 and SportsMap 94.1, as well as local sports website The company also owns one of the country’s largest sports radio networks, SB Nation Radio, which it runs in partnership with SB Nation Radio provides 24/7 sports shows and sports updates to over 500 affiliate radio stations across the country, Sirius Satellite Radio, and mobile and digital partners. Gow Media, LLC is backed by a private investment group with significant experience in media ownership. The investor group includes Steve Webster, co-manager and co-CEO of Avista Capital; Patrick Dugan, vice president and general counsel of Nortex Corporation; and David Gow, chairman and CEO of Gow Media, LLC.

About CultureMap
CultureMap, founded in 2009 by Lonnie Schiller, Tod Eason, and other notable Houstonians, is the leading provider of lifestyle content in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. CultureMap was acquired by Gow Media in February of 2017. The company provides local intelligence on dining, events, arts, real estate, society, fashion, and more, as well as fun tidbits about what's happening around Texas.

(This post taken from a release sent to me by Culturemap)

Rita Garcia leaving FOX 26 KRIV for FOX 11 LA

Rita Garcia had some good and bad news for FOX 26 KRIV viewers today.

Let's go with the bad first...she is leaving Houston.

The good news for her, she gets a promotion to sister-station FOX 11 KTTV Los Angeles.

No word on what she will be doing at the market #2 station, but a quick Google search turned up what looks like a demo video Garcia shot in early October for KTTV's Good Day LA morning show (embedded below).

"She’s one of the best, hard to see her go, but so happy for her bright future," posted morning anchor Melissa Wilson.

Garcia arrived at channel 26 six years ago from LA so it's a return for her. The then KCBS 2 freelance reporter joined the FOX 26 family as a weekend anchor and reporter.

A few years later she moved up to the morning show where she has been ever since.

The Texas native started her television news career at KRGV in Weslaco, TX.

Garcia holds two Bachelors of Arts degrees from Texas State University-San Marcos, one in Mass Communications and the other in Spanish.

She interned for KTBC FOX 7 in Austin.

Friday, December 01, 2017

Chip Brewster leaves KPRC 2

Today is KPRC 2 feature reporter Chip Brewster's last day.

On a Facebook page post from earlier this week, Brewster said he is leaving and heading back home to Chicago.

At this point Brewster says he does not have a job lined up.

Brewster came to Houston in May 2016 from FOX6 WITI "Real Milwaukee." Before Milwaukee, Brewster worked for WIFR 23 in Rockford, Illinois.

He started his news career as a writer on WGN Chicago's morning newscast and attended Illinois State University.

In the middle of November, KPRC 2 weekend anchor Anoushah Rasta also departed to be closer to home and her family.

Here is Brewster's Facebook note:

"As a local broadcaster it's part of the job to move from city to city but I’ll tell you, it’s never easy saying goodbye. To all my fans, my time in Houston is coming to a close. This will be my last week on the airwaves of KPRC. This truly, no exaggeration, has been a life-changing experience here in Texas.

During my time I’ve had the chance to cover a super bowl, world series, historic hurricane, the rodeo (and four days of trail riding), ride-along with the Thunderbirds, all while working day to day to bring you positive stories about the community around you. Thank you for welcoming me into your home every night and letting me share these stories with you.

“But, but, but…. Where are you going?!” haha – I’m heading home! Though I don’t have a job lined up yet, I’m moving back to the Chicago area. AND DON’T WORRY! This page will not fall silent. This is MY Facebook Page and I will continue to post and update the goings-on in my life here. :D

Your support has been invaluable. I can’t thank you enough for your reactions, shares, comments and for simply liking my page to begin with. I hope you stick with me as the TV adventure continues!!"

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Telemundo Houston delivers Houston’s largest late news audiences in November 2017 sweeps

Telemundo Houston is the most-watched local station in the market in 2017 during weekday primetime and local late news in any language

HOUSTON, TX – (November 27, 2017) – Year-to-date, Telemundo Houston delivers Houston’s largest average Adult 18 to 49 weekday viewing audiences during primetime, regardless of language.

KTMD’s newscast, “Noticiero Telemundo Houston a las 10 PM,” attracts Houston’s largest weekday average

Adult 18 to 49 audiences year-to-date and concluded the November 2017 survey period as Houston’s most-watched late local weekday newscast among both Adults 18 to 34 and Adults 18 to 49.

Source: Nielsen (NSI) Houston; Prelim Live +SD; Arianna Reports; November 2017; 2017 YTD (1/1-11/22/2017); TP AQH Impressions M-F 7p-10p KTMD, KXLN, KFTH) (KTRK, KHOU, KPRC, KRIV, KIAH, KTXH); Late News PAV AQH Impressions M-F 9p-1030p (KTMD, KXLN, KFTH, KTRK,