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Thursday, November 01, 2012

Where's KHOU's Leigh Frillici?

Yesterday I asked where KTRK 13 Undercover's Wayne Dolcefino has been. Now I'm looking for KHOU 11 reporter Leigh Frillici.

Two sources confirm to me Frillici's bio was removed from last week. When I asked a KHOU 11 representative about Frillici's departure, I was told she left the Belo Houston station months ago. In fact she officially left the CBS affiliate in February but filled in a few times during the spring.

According to her bio, Frillici joined KHOU 11 News as a general assignment reporter in 2007. She received several Lone Star Emmy nominations for her work. Before KHOU, Frillici anchored at WGGB in Springfield, Massachusetts. She also reported for WTNH and WFSB in Connecticut. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Frillici worked as an associate producer at CBS and MSNBC. She is married to a Rice University professor.

Frillici stated in her bio that her favorite part about working in television news is meeting incredible people every day.

"Often, we talk to people who are facing some of the toughest things they'll ever face in their lives," she wrote. "I can't tell you the countless people I've met who handle life's curve balls with such grace."

My favorite Frillici story was the sweeps piece where she interviewed my wife about too much plastic surgery. Paging Dr. Franklin Rose (he was interviewed too and what is wild is that I posted about it one year ago today - someone should do a sweeps piece on numerology because of this strange coincidence [or is it?]).

I reached out to Frillici via Facebook to find out what she's up to now, but did not hear back. Frillici's LinkedIn profile still lists her as a current KHOU reporter.

Frillici tells me she did not renew with KHOU because she has two young children and wants to concentrate on them for now. She did tell the station she's available for fill-in work.

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