Thursday, September 08, 2011

KHOU 11 welcomes KABC anchor Lisa Hernandez

Wednesday evening in a mikemcguff.com exclusive, I told you KABC weekend morning anchor Lisa Hernandez was hired as the main KHOU 11 anchor to replace Lucy Noland who left for KNBC in Los Angeles this summer (go to link for video of Hernandez on ABC 7 KABC).

Thursday afternoon, KHOU 11 released the official news below and we get a new photo of the Southern California transplant.

KHOU 11, Houston’s CBS station, announced today that Lisa Hernandez will be joining the team as co-anchor with Greg Hurst for KHOU 11 News at 5 and 10. Lisa comes to KHOU from KABC-TV in Los Angeles, a top-rated ABC station, where she has worked as a morning anchor and reporter since 2004.

“Lisa is a wonderful addition to our five and ten o’clock team and we are confident that she will be embraced by the Houston community for her abilities on the anchor desk as well as in the field,” said KHOU President and General Manager Susan McEldoon.

While in Southern California, Lisa covered a wide range of stories, from wildfires and mudslides, to the Oscars and the investigation of Michael Jackson’s death. Lisa grew up near Palm Springs, California and earned a degree in Political Science from UCLA. She began her television news career as a producer for KESQ in Palm Springs and later accepted a position in Charlotte, North Carolina before joining KABC.

As Lisa teams up with Greg Hurst for KHOU 11 News at 5 and 10p, Shern-Min Chow will join Len Cannon on the anchor desk for KHOU 11 News at 4p and continue contributing as a reporter. Len and Greg will remain co-anchors of KHOU 11 News at 6p.

Shern-Min Chow joined KHOU in 1996. Most recently, Shern-Min anchored weekends. She is the recipient of awards from the Houston Press Club, Texas Associated Press and the Lone Star Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

“Lisa and Shern-Min are two outstanding journalists who love what they do, and it shows,” said Executive News Director Philip Bruce.

The changes will take effect when Lisa Hernandez moves to KHOU in late October.

Today I have also received an email from a KABC employee who does not want to be named, but says of Hernandez, "She's a terrific talent, super personality and will do great things in Houston. Interestingly, her father is a well-known high school football coach in California's Coachella Valley."

Having football in the blood is good for an anchor in Texas.

Also, an Orange County resident tweeted me to find out if he could watch Hernandez' KHOU newscasts online.

UPDATE JANUARY 22, 2014
KHOU 11 anchor shuffle 2014


38 comments:

  1. Lisa is awesome. She was great in LA and I'm so happy she is in Houston. Plus, she is so hot.

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  2. I'm going to Miss Lisa here in LA but I know she will fit right in Houston!!

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  3. That news director Phillip Bruce is a genius!!! Keep the hotties coming!!!

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  4. Great! Another over price air head anchor.

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  5. She is gonna be another news sex symbol here in Houston, that I can tell ya. But still Chita is the hottest at KHOU.

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  6. Not Lisa!!!!! Take moo-cow Michaela, cougar Jillian or anybody else please!!!

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  7. This hire is no surprise. All stations are trying to appeal to the Hispsnic market, regardless of talent. Look no further than the traffic bikini princess who today is doing a poor job alongside Ian on 11:00 a.m. weekday news. Can she say a sentence without screwing up, then smiling like a child. Absolutely the worst on TV.

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  8. Chita is easy on the eyes..a real cutie, but her weathercasts are just plain awful. She doesn't seem to have a clue, and I'm suprised that the former home of Dr.Neil Frank would make such a hire. There are plenty of "cute" meteorologists out there who know what they're talking about, and perhaps Mr. Bruce should have taken more time in finding a better candidate for the job.

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  9. 1. Jennifer Reyna did a good job today along Ian on the noon news she barely screwed up, although she did appear nervous she is getting better the more she does this job, and c'mon every anchor smiles like a child, that is part of their appeal, especially anchorwomen like Jennifer.

    2. Chita's newscasts are not horrible, her weather casting ability are pretty much like of 13's Casey Curry (who is just as good looking as Chita), I think her only flaw is her accent, but if you look her up and find out where she's from you can't blame her.

    As for Lisa coming to town, Welcome Lisa! You will be well loved here, much like your predecessors Noland and Foronda.

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  10. Re: 9:19AM: The second I saw this post I knew it was only a matter of time before you reared your racist, woman-hating head. Like I've said before, go home and shine your husband's belt buckle and continue to be irrelevant.

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  11. The same people who like Jennifer Reyna and Chita Johnson are the same people that like Justin Bieber and Twilight.

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  12. A. Anon 6:07, who said anything racist? And who said anything at 9:19 you booze hound? It's disgusting when dolts like you scream racism when someone has a different opinion than you have....simply disgusting. There is no racist statement here, and yes, i agree as well that Reyna sucks and is on camera solely because some find her relatively attractive, and she is not.
    B. Anon 3:21, face facts. Jen is out of her league. Rockwear Swim "modeling" and any level of flat backing do not lead to TV talent.
    C. I too saw Reyna on news today. As inept and obviously unqualified as she was, it got far worse during that I'll prepared and foolish 9/11 special KPRC attempted to pull off. What a train wreck.
    D. Speaking of the noon news, what's with KPRC and Houston Family magazine? Do they own it? All it does is feature their nags and many shameless self promotions of the members of the Implant Sorority.

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  13. The only 'appeal' Curious Grorge Reyna has is a bananna peel.

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  14. Anon 11:52:

    A. Reyna DID do a good job, sure like I said she stumbled at times, but she did a lot better than she has ever done. Quit dissing her and being jealous, once you stop being jealous of her maybe you'll realize her talent. Oh and you'd be surprised how many swimwear models like her become successful talented people in the long run, so yes, things like that are usually the springboard for talent.

    B. Houston Family Magazine is owned by themselves, they aren't owned by anything.

    C. Anon 9:39 - NO Reyna and Johnson fans are NOT fans of Justin Bieber or Twilight, that is false, take that back!

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  15. Lisa Hernandez, I'd hit that!

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  16. Judge And Jury9/10/2011 01:45:00 PM

    Reyna continues to be horrible as an anchor. She makes those hacks Conflenti and Freeman look like Cronkite and Walters. She has NO BUSINESS being in journalism or on TV, even as a ridiculous traffic girl.

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  17. Here's video of old Dominique, making 9/11 all about her, to no surprise: http://www.click2houston.com/video/29091821/index.html

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  18. Is she single?

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  19. Lisa was/is still my fav news anchor she just has a great personality n I kno she will do absolutely great in houston n in her future aswell

    -cindy g.(L.A.)

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  20. Ms. Hernandez was a fantastic fit in L.A. She is smart, funny, with a girl next door look :) My wife and I would wakeup at 5am to catch the weekend news. Give her a chance and she will win you over. We know that Houston will enjoy watching her. Best of luck Lisa. We miss you. Dan y Ana

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  21. I live in LA and my husband and I have watched the KABC weekend newscast in large part due to Lisa Hernandez.

    She's funny. She's personable. I felt like I was watching a friend on TV.

    For the past 3 weekends I've wondered where she was. It drove me to google her where I came across this story.

    While I'm sorry to see Lisa leave my weekend newscast, I'm very happy for her and wish her nothing but the best in Houston.

    You guys will love her.

    We'll miss you Lisa!!

    Laura Chavez
    La Habra resident

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  22. To Jim and to Anon 9/8/11 at 7:55 PM:
    She's not hot. Respect the game!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhPpLWF1vgU

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  23. Oh nooo! Why Lisa? Why? My weekends will never be the same. Good luck. Will miss ya.

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  24. Hey Mike:

    Any chance you can record a few minutes of the beginning of Lisa's debut at 5pm next Monday, for us here in SoCal who miss her and wish her well, assuming she starts next week? Or do you know if KHOU will stream her first 5pm broadcast and Lisa's official start date?

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  25. I had no idea that was the start date. The station has just said October.

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  26. While watching my Sat morning news, I realized I had to find out what happened to Lisa, and now I know. The station never announces anything, of course, as KABC simply put in a rotation of alternates who were "in for Lisa Hernandez", but after over a month, I knew something was up. I'm going to miss her very much. Of all the talking heads in TV in LA -- and you know we have too many -- she was the only one who was unassuming, sweet and seemed to not be in it for the status. You guys treat her right, she's a winner.

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  27. ... a million + BOOS! Lisa belongs here in Los Angeles! Okay, LA is currently bad but Houston sux - tons of racist rednecks there & NASA is 'DEAD' "too" - so get over it. It's a minor media market compared LA anyway. Bet that idiot CA Governor Moonbeam + all the illegal aliens in SoCal drove Lisa out of here. Hope that raging TX floods, drug cartel violence & the TX summer HEAT drive Lisa to come back to LA where we love her... F-HOU.

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  28. Lisa Hernandez is my favorite I looked forward to seeing her in the weekends, good luck Lisa, Houston is just going to be a stepping stone, you will go national in the next five years. MrExcellenceRE@gmail.com

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  29. classalpha: you fail at life in so many ways

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  30. Lisa lived up to all the hype and more. She's a keeper, a winner!

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  31. I miss her so so so much!!!!

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  32. I miss LISA!!! Please bring her back to L.A.!! She is smart and gorgeous!! Houston??? Why???
    We need you here Lisa!! Come back home!!!

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  33. My weekend mornings aren't going to be the same.
    I already miss her.

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  34. Its wrong that Lisa left. Shes awesome.

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  35. Lisa was very good at giving the news here in L.A. on ABC 7 and I will miss her on weekends. Great talent and personality. Houston,...you lucky bastards!!

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  36. I miss Lisa and Greg together on Sat/Sun mornings in LA and keep running Lisa.

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  37. Her beauty is the only reason I can stand to watch the news

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  38. Her beauty is the ONLY reason I can stand to watch the news, I never can take in a the information tho, seems my brain has a temporary loss of blood when I watch her....

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