Tuesday, September 27, 2011

KPRC 2's Jennifer Reyna promoted to anchor




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On Monday, KPRC 2 traffic anchor Jennifer Reyna debuted as a news co-anchor on the stations 4:30am newscast along with Owen Conflenti. That show has been solo anchored by Conflenti with meteorologist Anthony Yanez doing the weather since its debut.

The new team didn't waste anytime Monday talking about the new addition and just jumped into the newscast. It appears that traffic is a very small part of Reyna's duties during this show. My favorite part was when Conflenti brought a cardboard cutout of KPRC sports director Randy McIlvoy out during one of Yanez's weather breaks.

So what does this mean for usual morning anchor Lauren Freeman? KPRC viewers hit the station's Facebook page with that question.

"Lauren is still on every weekday from 5-7a," KPRC 2 Vice President/Creative Services Director Mike Guerrieri answered. "Jen's just joining the guys from 4:30-5a."

Reyna's full time anchor gig has happened just as I predicted on 9/15/2009. On that day I blogged that Reyna will follow the path of another former KPRC 2 traffic anchor. You might have heard of this person, it is main Channel 2 anchor Dominique Sachse. It's clear that KPRC management has been giving Reyna time to anchor (the most recent time was filling in for weekend morning anchor Courtney Zavala while she was on maternity leave). Now the bosses are giving Reyna time at anchoring finishing school every weekday morning and letting Conflenti's work rub off on her. As I have mentioned before, Reyna is too popular of a talent, not to promote her to the anchor desk.

The post I mentioned from 2009 was about the new (at the time) @RateReyna Twitter feed. That got me curious, what did the @RateReyna tweet say on the day of her 4:30am anchoring debut:

Dark pink anchor jacket. Eat your heart out Ron Burgundy! Rating: 9.3

Guess that means they liked her anchoring job. Then they can keep watching Reyna on the traffic beat through the morning.





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104 comments:

  1. Channel 2 is laughable. These people have no skills short of being able to read a teleprompter and put on make-up. Anyone who turns to local these telecasts these days to know what going on, especially the awful sports coverage in this town, is really out of touch.
    But she does look purty

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  2. She's a terrible news reader and out of her league. And if Conflenti "rubs off on her" she will only get even worse. Way to try to push perceived sex appeal down our throats, KPRC. Your joke news just got even jokier.

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  3. She looks like Michael Jackson in that top photo.

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  4. Talented TV Professionals Everywhere9/27/2011 10:14:00 AM

    Unbelieveable...just another in a long, long list of poor decisions by KPRC. She did SO badly as a weekend fill-in anchor, and now she gets this promotion? Yes, as stated in the article, she does seem to be following the same path as Sachse and we all are scratching our heads on how she earned this promotion.

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  5. Reyna deserves to be an anchor about as much as Elvis deserved his Black Belt. What a joke.

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  6. Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, Randy, Rebbie, Janet and La-Toya9/27/2011 10:51:00 AM

    Why do you have a picture of our brother at the top of this article?

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  7. I worked for Channel 2 and it's like working with chickens with no heads. Management is a mess. And every single little thing is breaking news to them. I'm glad they got rid of the morning executive producer.

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  8. Haters of Reyna are usually jealous women. I've always noticed that. As for her anchor promotion, good for her, I think this would be a big boost for KPRC, considering she's now just as locally iconic now like Gallery Furniture.

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  9. "perceived sex appeal"

    are you kidding me? she's as hot as megan fox, if not hotter.

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  10. What next, an inarticulate anchor gets promoted to executive producer, then to weekend weatherman? Oh...that happened.

    What next, an arrogant radio sports jerk gets hired as weekend sports anchor? Oh wait...that happened.

    What's next, a local businessman's daughter is hired as a reporter even tho she's completely unqualified? Oh wait...that happened.

    What's next, they bring in a re-tread from WJXT in Jacksonville who should be flipping burgers?h wait...that happened many times.

    What's next...oh forget it. You get the point.

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  11. KPRC may want to invest in a make-up artist for the morning show....

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  12. Talented TV Professionals Everywhere9/27/2011 11:49:00 AM

    To quote Nancy Kerrigan:
    WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYY? OH WHYYYYYYYYYYYYY?

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  13. I thought 2 was trying to turn things around...oh well.

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  14. She's not hot at all. (Nor is Megan Fox....ugh!) The closer she gets to the camera, the faster you wanna run. As posted here before...Jennifer is like Hilary Swank -- not hot:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhPpLWF1vgU

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  15. How hot she is or isn't is not the point. She has no credibility and can't read. She is not prepared to work in a top ten TV market.

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  16. Hilary Swank? No....Jennifer is up there with Megan Fox (she is hot btw), Jessica Alba, Scarlett Johannsen level of hotness.

    Oh she can read well, and she does have good credibility, why is she so popular, it's because she's great. Anyone who is a hater is just jealous or has bad taste.

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    1. Me too she hott courtney gilmore too.

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  18. What's next? Nefatty doing sports? Lauren becomes the Legal Analyst? What a joke.

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  19. What's her target demographic? Unemployed and underage horn dogs living in mommy's basement who can't afford to pay their own cable bill, much less support KRAP 2's advertisers? No wonder they keep losing good talent - no-talent gets rewarded.

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    1. she's got my vote...
      imma horndog eatin a corndog atm,
      and Houston has no basements, don't be silly...

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  20. Reminds me of that Seinfeld episode where, depending on the lighting, Jerry's girlfriend was either pretty or hideous.

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  21. Anon @ 11:11, not sure what your statistical sample is or how accurate it is, but....
    I know several men who do not care for Reyna as a reporter and who find her frumpy and not hot. They're all simply straight guys with standards who prefer intelligent beautiful women.

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  22. So much haters it's disgusting. Jennifer is a great woman for the job, and she's doing it right!

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  23. Anon @-4:09 ---- those guys are usually those who have bad taste in women. She is intelligent, those guys are probably liking idiot girls like Snooki or some type like that. As for 3:39pm --- apparently her fanbase can pay the bills, thank you.

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  24. This is like giving Justin Bieber a grammy

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  25. Jennifer is also a traffic reporter and Sat. afternoon radio DJ for KSBJ as well, so if you think she is no talent, she can do both radio and TV, comes to show you how oblivious you haters can be.

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  26. REALLY !!! Lots of haters out there ! I like Jennifer and she fits in much better than Lauren ever thought of doing ! Wish she would replace her...

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  27. KSBJ? Really? Good for her. She's got a face for radio.

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  28. So she was already in studio at 4:30. Freeman apparently gets flex-time schedule. And the "promotion" is sitting next to the smarmy Conflenti for the first 30 minutes to play anchor before she returns to her normal role of butchering traffic and looking like a deer in headlights. Not a big career move. Is she dating the producer or something?

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  29. "She's got a face for radio."

    No every radio personality is "ugly", look at Theresa and Jessica from the Rod Ryan Show on KTBZ, Erica Rico from KKBQ, Kelly Kelly/Lauren on KHMX/KKHH, and Copellia from KSBJ. Jennifer surely does fit in with them.

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  30. Jennifer Reyna is the Nickelback, Creed, Hinder, 3 Doors Down, Staind, Puddle of Mudd of KPRC.

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  31. Face it. She's hot. Always has been. There us a lot of their audience that tune in just to see that in the morning. Heck, I do. Just don't tell
    my wife; she thinks it is for the superior weather forecasting on 2..

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  32. "Is she dating the producer or something?"

    No. I don't think she's dating anyone, otherwise we'd all know by now who that lucky dude is.

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  33. @4:35pm - Really? I'm surprised she's on KSBJ, considering if you know her back from her Rockwear swimwear days, she'd be the last person you'd expect to be heard on KSBJ.

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  34. We communications, journalism and broadcasting majors are reading this with our jaws agape, as yet another unqualified person advances for reasons unknown and skill unseen. $100,000 in tuition down the drain. Is it too late to go pre-med or pre-law route?

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  35. Not hot. Chubby round face, head disproportionately large for her short height, 2 pit bulls in the back pockets, and can't carry a conversation. Not qualified for anchor desk in Billings, Montana. Huge mistake by KPRC.

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  36. "Locally iconic as Gallery Furniture?"
    I agree, if by that you mean she's overpriced, poor delivery, is years beyond peak in popularity, and today is more annoying than ever whenever seen on tv or heard on radio.

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  37. Hey I'm a communications major myself Anon @ 9:43PM and I think she is doing a great job for someone coming from a non communications background. Doesn't mean she isn't qualified doesn't mean she can't do it. I like her and she'll go far with this new gig she has, I guarantee it. You know several members of the NBA have barely played basketball in college but managed to either get in the NBA and do well.

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  38. has to be a joke, unless you are talking KRIV or KPRC, then they are serious! Sad day for Houston Broadcast Journalism.

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  39. You guys may hate but I bet you'd drop dead mouth agape if you tried to explain traffic, and would feel tired switching from TV to Radio every 4 minutes (because she does provide traffic to both CH 2 and 89.3 FM) she works hard and deserves this position.

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  40. I just hope they stop sending her to High Schools each Friday morning to kick off the High School Football Frenzy. She can't report live on camera. She exudes no sense of control or knowledge (just like in studio). And, just like her anchoring and traffic, she comes across as a 2nd grader trying to play with grown ups.

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  41. @8:22
    How about sharing a few anecdotes from the Rockwear (whatever the heck that is) days.

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  42. @8:44pm -- I mainly forgot a lot of them by now, but I know for sure she did things that were crazy.

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  43. @8:26am --- if you do that then all the teenage boys in Houston will go up in a riot. lmao.

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  44. If you think tv is bad, radio is even worse. A bunch of unattractive men with horrible bodies that hire women based on age,weight, hair and how much makeup they wear. I'm sorry, but when these "radio" girls wake up in the moring, they do have faces for radio. They just know that they will get fired and/or won't get jobs if they don't keep up the lie!

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  45. Reyna looks kind of hot in the bottom 2 pics.

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  46. From TVSpy: Jennifer Reyna is promoted to weekday morning 4:30 a.m. and mid-day anchor-reporter at KPRC in Houston.

    No mention of traffic duties. Hmmmm.

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  47. Can someone explain how someoneone as unqualified and untalented as Reyna gets promoted?
    Or how someoneone as unqualified and untalented as Sachse gets handed the keys to the KPRC studio and embarasses herself and the station routinely?
    Yet solid talent like Carl Willis, Mariza Reyes, Linda Lorelle, Jerome Gray, Wendy Corona, Gaisa Mikaelian, Elizabeth Scarborough, Lisa Baldwin and countless others are no longer here?

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  48. I think Courtney Gilmore is good. I've never understood why she does not get any attention.

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  49. I really miss Mike Barajas. Too bad he is in AK at KTUU.

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  50. Quit hating on Jennifer Reyna please....thank you.

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  51. I don't think anyone is "hating". Just numerous observations that someone so unskilled and unprepared is being fast tracked when more talented people deserve promotions.

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  52. Admit it its hating, you are in denial. She is talented, skilled, and is working well. Jeez, do you think she's going become anchorwoman if she sucked? There's no other reason but to say you're either jealous or have bad taste.

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  53. Jennifer Reyna has the same amount of college degrees as much does LeBron James has championship rings.

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    1. That's true now....

      Jennifer Reyna - B.A. - Business Administration from the University of Houston

      LeBron James - One championship title from the 2012 NBA Finals with the Miami Heat.

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  54. She's an embarassment to broadcast journalism.

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  55. What is the difference between thermometer and Jennifer Reyna? A thermometer has degrees.

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  56. Yeah....she couldn't be a proofreader at an M&M factory.

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  57. People, no need to judge the book by it's cover. The degree does not make the journalist and neither does the body. The body of work makes the journalist. I'm sure she's working on a big expose right now.

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  58. She has no body of work except flubbed traffic reports, bikini pictures and embarassing appearances at anchor desk on weekends.
    The only "big espose" she could do is a behind the scenes look at how unqualified women get good jobs...

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  59. Johnnie Cochran's Ghost9/29/2011 11:07:00 AM

    Anon 1:44, based on how they've historically treated other African American reporters and anchors, I think you can reach a conclusion of why Courtney gets no more exposure from KPRC.
    They're too busy promoting unqualified women and non-AA employees.

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  60. The only expose you haters should be doing is why hatin' is bad.

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  61. Anon 12:31's Shrink9/29/2011 12:59:00 PM

    C'mon, Anon 12:31, get yer head outta Reyna's butt and see what everyone else sees; unqualified psuedo eye-candy that has no business being on TV, much less being an anchor.

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  62. Psuedo eye-candy? She IS eye candy!

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  63. With declining advertising dollars, it makes perfect sense having Rena anchor. She's does an average job, is relatively cheap compared to the high priced anchors at KPRC, and she apparently has a following since there are more than 60 comments about her from just a couple days since the blog was posted. It wouldn't surprise me in the least if KPRC were to groom her as Dominique's much cheaper replacement.

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  64. I think most of the comments are from the same two people.

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  65. Just saw the promo on KPRC for her new morning gig. She DOES look like Curious George playing 'grown up' with Owen and Anthony.

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  66. Quiz time what do the following things have in common?

    1. Jennifer Reyna's hard work
    2. Justin Bieber's talent
    3. "Made in USA" goods
    4. Santa Claus

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  67. What is up with Dominique's lips? They looked like a floppy pink rubberband last night.

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  68. The Kincaid cheerleaders on this morning's Friday Football Frenzy were so at ease and articulate on camera. I hope Jen took notes so perhaps one day she will improve upon her own non-existent skill set.

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  69. @6:59
    A lot of women have become anchors because they sucked.

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  70. Ok what's wrong with bikini models becoming journalists? You she isn't the only one, Natalie Bomke of FOX 26 was one back in U of Illinois, so what?

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  71. If that's true, 11:24, then we have 2 inept, unattractive anchors who used bikini modeling and implants to make up for no skill.

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  72. 3:08, quit being jealous, and it's obvious they are inept and attractive (why are all the guys in Houston drooling over them?), and they have skill, they used bikini modeling to gain confidence.

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  73. I mean ept, not inept.

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  74. Used bikini modeling to gain confidence? Right....
    And the 9/11 terrorists used flying lessons to gain coinfidence...

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  75. Smart women gain confidence from what's inside their brains, not on how they look. If you have to get implants, get fake hair, or wear makeup to gain confidence then what are you going to do when you get old, or get sick and all that goes away. Plus, most of the men in this city are gross looking, so why in the hell would any woman want to turn them on. The best looking men are in NY or CA. Sorry, but that's the turth!

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  76. True that. The only attractive women in Houston are those who've moved here from other locations. Homegrown = Homely.

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  77. She looks like Dr Zira.

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  78. What a sad group that demonstrates immaturity and petty envy by attacking a woman that is trying to make it in a mans world. Nobody here ever started somewhere? All of you were born experts in your chosen field? if you have one? My God, this girl works hard,.and if you are unable to appreciate what it takes to do her job and don;t like the way she does it, by all means, PLEASE change the channel. What a bunch of hateful, childish people. Typical HS crowd.

    Remember children, as you point a finger at someone, you will have 4 pointing back at you. Meaning that what you say about someone else in your verbal attack is actually what or how you feel about yourself. Its very sad that we have entire generations that are too simple and self absorbed to understand that. Big bold and bad when they are insulting someone from their keyboard where their identity is safe.
    I feel sorry for many of you. Grow up.

    btw...I'm annom because I do not have a doz social media accts. I don;t even have one. I prefer to live my life in person and not hide and deceive others about who or what I am by using the internet as a shield.

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  79. @8:12
    Still doesnt change the fact that she's terrible and does not deserve the job.

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  80. Was surprised to see all the negative comments. What a bunch of idiots out there. One of the reasons I watch 2 news was because of her. I have missed her the past week or so. Haley is okay, but she is not Jennifer. Hope we get to see her again.

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  81. You guys are fools, Jennifer has earned her spot and she is doing a great job, along with he rest of the crew. Channel 2 is the best. I know most of you who said that they suck are just disgruntle employees and just out right jeolous. You all have to work hard and show that you can handle your job so you disgruntle employees won't be talking about others. Grow up! Keep up the good work Jennifer and you will go far.
    Sincerely Rudy "T"

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  82. This is hilarious! Poor Jen! Guys quit hating on my Latina sister! Love ya Jen!

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  83. Dr Zira Reyna looked like a clueless Jr Hi Social Studies student this a.m. as she struggled with big person words and was an embarrassment in her election coverage. Guess it's hard transitioning from inept bikini model, to inept weather girl, to inept election news. Burger King is hiring....

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  84. I admire anyone who gets up at 3 am and goes to work. Maybe she is not the best in the business but she is there and trying. Not everyone in the world has a college degree, that smacks of elitism.

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  85. She should do us all a favor and sleep in instead of waking up at 3 a.m.

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  86. You people are disgusting.

    I've actually met her and she's got a great character and completely deserves the promotion.

    Cheers to those of you who aren't jealous tubs of lard.

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  87. Judging television talent is purely subjective. For example, Owen Conflenti has some good qualities but I dislike his overall delivery. Jennifer Reyna is why I enjoy KPRC News. She's professional, genuinely pleasant (and easy on the eyes.) Is she technically perfect from a broadcast jounalism point of view?...don't know and don't care!

    P.S. And the guys at the office seem to prefer watching her as well...so what's the big deal people?

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    1. I leave for work at 5:20a.m. and part of my routine is to turn tv on for my dog before I leave. Until recently, I haven't paid much attention to what is on tv at that time. I happened to look and see what I think is the most beautiful lady I've ever seen in my life, Jennifer. I've recorded the last few days. How can anyone post negative comments about her? Wow!!!

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  88. She's very pretty but I know first hand that she is a stuck up snob. Ugly inside makes her looks seem mediocre. I switch between KTRH on the radio and KPRC for news. Now that I think about it, KTRH has got that hot chick Samantha Jordyn. I'd like to look at her in the mornings. Oh this is a Reyna blog. Sorry.

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    1. If there is one thing that Jennifer is NOT is a stuck up snob. I have known her for over 10 years and she has never been anything other than genuine and wholly considerate of others. Forget how good or bad she looks, she has a heart of gold and that is what's important. She takes her friendships and relationships seriously and is quick to help anyone in need. She is a hometown girl who is one of the hardest workers in local media. I am lucky to be able to call her friend.

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  89. Jennifer Reyna is the Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow of KPRC!!!!!!

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  90. I would dribble a basketball thru a mine field just to hear her fart on the phone.

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  91. Now wait a minute guys, Jennifer Reyna is a good anchor! You guys are MEAN to this lady! Yea, I know that she is not the best newsreader in the business, and I do agree that she needs to back to a smaller market (KLST-TV San Angelo,TX) BUT, She is trying, but you guys need to give her a break!

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  92. My husband had this morning routine back in 2007, where he would sit down to breakfast and KRIV (C26). It really never varied.
    Then one morning he happened to enter the bedroom where I was watching Channel 2. (I always watched two in the morning but he never cared for the channel.) JenRey was doing traffick and my dear hubby was transfixed!
    Next morning his breakfast TV was Channel 2 and that has never varied. Believe me, Reyna brought life to that morning show. It would have died long ago if not for her.
    The KPRC honchos must surely be grinning as all this reaction means that people are watching.
    And she is an excellent anchor to boot!

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  93. for all who don't like her change the channel dumby

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  94. Nothing perceived regarding Jen's sex appeal. I just turned on the TV and watch the show for the next 10 min. I then went to the net to see what I could find out about her. That led me to here.
    Nuff said.

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  95. She still needs to work on her delivery...

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  96. She is the only thing I miss about Houston.

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  97. Congrats Jen, I watch you every morning. I don't know who produces your show but it's almost comical to watch when the field reporters report the breaking news or whatever and the anchors always seem to ask a question that makes the field reported seem incompetent. Things to keep in mind on your way up.
    Dominique - changes her hair style like the weather, seems like she is not secure in who she is. We all get older and have to deal with it in our own way I guess.
    Courtney Zavala - the lighting always seems to make her look like a Zombie, maybe it's my TV.
    Courtney Gilmore - puts a lot of emphasis on her words makes her look fake and she doesn't fit well when she is in the studio.
    Lauren - the colors she wears along with the bright lip stick and funky hair style well need I go on. Brights distract their objective of reporting the news. It's like going to the beach without a tan, you definitely stand out. I think what makes you great is to blend in and work as a team instead of these curtains that appear to surround the cast.
    so Jen you can see why you are a refreshing look on KPRC local 2, Best Wishes.

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  98. Great morning news team. Congrats to Jen.. The on camera chemistry is excellent. Doesn't hurt that both Rachel and Jennifer are easy on the eyes.

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