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.
"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.