Fox 26 KRIV needed to fill morning anchor Natalie Bomke's position and looked to the interim anchor, weekend anchor Rita Garcia, for the job. Here is more from Fox Television Stations:
Rita Garcia will co-anchor “FOX 26 Morning News” effective immediately, announced D’Artagnan Bebel, the station’s Vice President and General Manager. Garcia will co-anchor the weekday morning news program from 4-7 a.m. and will continue reporting weekdays.
In making the announcement, Bebel stated “Rita joined us two years ago from Los Angeles and made an immediate impact with her style, news instinct and engaging personality. We are happy to make this well-deserved opportunity available to her.”
Most recently, Garcia served as weekend anchor/reporter for KRIV FOX 26. Previously, Garcia served as a freelance reporter KCBS/KCAL in Los Angeles. Prior to that, she served as Cameron County bureau reporter at KRGV-TV in the Rio Grande Valley. Garcia holds a Bachelors of Arts in Mass Communications and a Bachelors of Arts in Spanish from Texas State University-San Marcos. She began her career as a news intern for KXAN News and KTBC FOX 7 in Austin.
Added Garcia, "I'm thrilled to continue my career with the FOX family. Over the past 2 years, Houstonians have welcomed me into their homes and I owe this great opportunity to ALL the viewers. It will be quite the switch setting my alarm at 2 a.m., but I know it will be worth it.”
The Houston Chronicle reports Kristine Galvan will hold down the weekend anchor desk until a replacment is named. Also Chris Stipes is due back December 9th.