Monday, April 16, 2012

KPRC 2 hires anchor Phillip Mena from KTSM/KDBC El Paso





Early last week, KTSM/KDBC (and KVEO Browsville) anchor Phillip Mena officially signed off the El Paso stations, had some cake and left for new opportunities.

Phillip Mena
Friday evening, we learned on his Facebook page that Mena is heading to Houston and KPRC 2. Mena will be co-anchoring the weekend news with  attorney Irika Sargent.

"While I'm saddened to leave my hometown of El Paso, I'm excited about living in Houston and working for such a storied station at KPRC," Mena told mikemcguff.com. "I look forward to becoming very involved in the Houston community and telling its stories. I'm also excited that I'll be arriving just in time for the crawfish boils and the Astros games."

According to his bio, while attending Arizona State University, Mena wrote sports articles for The Arizona Republic and worked at the local ESPN radio affiliate as a producer. During summer breaks, he would also write sports stories for The El Paso Times. He interned at FOX 10 KSAZ-TV in Phoenix. After college, Mena continued to write for The Arizona Republic and worked as a producer for a sports show on Fox Sports Radio in Phoenix.

In April 2010, Mena returned to El Paso as a TV news reporter.

Mena says he starts at KPRC 2 April 23rd.

The El Paso TV world (Market 91) is full of people making big market jumps. A quick scan of my blog shows that three KFOX El Paso TV folks made big jumps in the last few years - KNBC 4 Los Angeles' Jacob Rascon, Hema Mullur of KDVR in Denver and Derek Shore of Sacramento's CBS owned KOVR. As for the big move from El Paso to Houston, the only other person that comes to mind is KTRK 13 anchor Elissa Rivas who also came from KFOX.

The lesson here is: College TV journalism majors, go work for KFOX. It is either a really good station or there is something in the water there.

14 comments:

  1. Rivas husband came to Houston from KFOX via Austin.

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  2. What are they paying reporters at KPRC these days? Seems like they're going to smaller markets to save $$$.

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  3. This is Guzman's replacement? If so this is a fail, he's not good for a major media market.

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  4. What about Joel Eisenbaum? He's the only weekend anchor with any personality. I think he should get the 10pm M-F slot if/when Balleza retires....

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  5. I bet if some hot girl was hired to replace Guzman, you guys would be all over this page.

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    1. I just want talented and mature anchors, regardless of sex. Am sick of the fake racks who have no ersonality, fake personality or are downright snotty. Which overs most of he tenured ladies at KPRC.

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  6. So no one knows what KPRC pays?

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  7. All I can say is those anchors are as rich as the rappers you see on BET.

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  8. they pay quite well

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  9. Sachse annoyed everyone by keeping her divorce quiet and then flaunting her new engagement in everyone's face.

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  10. Anonymous 3:29pm: I hope your mom gets cancer and your dad's mistress (his horse) kicks him in the face.

    You're white trash and everyone in the building knows who you are.

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    1. Wow!! That's incredible! Are you allowed out of the ward often?

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  11. Owen Sucksplenty4/25/2012 08:11:00 PM

    Odd....they hired someone without a fake chest? I hope they fire that troglodyte who sits next to the beady eyed blonde in the mornings.

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  12. Phillip is cute and I love that curled (Elvis) lip

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