Thursday, January 09, 2014

Adela Uchida gone from abc13 KTRK with expanded weekend news on the way?

As KTRK abc13 adds weekend news coverage, anchor Adela Uchida appears to have exited

UPDATE APRIL 03, 2014
Adela Uchida joins News 92 FM KROI

Adela Uchida
Adela Uchida
Apparently KTRK abc13 weekend anchor Adela Uchida is no longer with the ABC owned and operated station. Her bio has been removed from the station's website, her official station Facebook page deleted.

Uchida came to Houston's abc13 KTRK in 2008 from WILX (Channel 10) in Lansing, Michigan where she was the 6 and 11pm anchor. She also worked in Colorado and Arizona.

According to her bio, Uchida has interviewed the likes of President Barack Obama, Adam Clayton of the rock band U2, rocker Alice Cooper, author Amy Tan, a governor and a number of lawmakers like Senators John Cornyn and Debbie Stabenow among others.

She also hosted channel 13's Asian American community affairs show Visions. Since 2009, she has participated in every Chevron Houston Marathon.

Uchida recently won an Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) 2013 National Award in the Asian American Pacific Islander Issues-Television category.

This all happens at the time KTRK abc13 is apparently adding an additional news block to its Saturday and Sunday 10pm newscasts to make it a full hour. So fans of anchor Tom Abrahams and meteorologist David Tillman might want to delay hitting the club scene until after 11pm from now on or at least miss the opening of Saturday Night Live on competing KPRC 2.

The additional weekend newscast is coded on Comcast's schedule guide as two 30 minutes shows. This will be the first hour long block of Saturday 10pm news in Houston.

KTRK Chicago sister station, WLS, started hour long weekend 10pm newscasts a couple of years ago.

If I hear back from Uchida about her departure, I will add her response to this post.

UPDATE APRIL 03, 2014
Adela Uchida joins News 92 FM KROI



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- Christi Myers to retire from KTRK abc13
- Katie McCall exits KTRK abc13
- Brian Collister to leave KTRK abc13
- Simon Gutierrez exits KTRK abc13 for KPTV Portland



23 comments:

  1. When was her last day on the air for KTRK 13 ?

    I'm shocked that she's just up and disappeared after 6 years, this is starting to become a trend:
    Stephanie Guadian (2002-2008): GONE
    Adela Uchida (2008-2014): GONE

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  2. WOW!

    Not sure about the hour long weekend news....I am a Tom Abrahams Fan...so I guess the club scene will have to wait....LOL
    Don't watch SNL.

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  3. Not really a big loss, I would put Sonia Azad in her place.

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  4. I never cared for her delivery of the news - fake and rigid intonation. She seems like a nice person, and I enjoyed her marathon participation pieces. I wish her well.

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  5. It seems she's going back to college. I do wish her the very best in her future life and career decision

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  6. I wish her well. She was very beautiful too.

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    1. I wish her all the best.
      She is a class act.

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  7. It's the way KTRK operates. Once a big family now a sinking ship. No longer long-tenured full time employees. Now it hires temps so they don't have to pay benefits. An expanded newscast means 15 more minutes of self promotion, traffic cams and nauseating weather updates. Did anyone really fall for the wake up with a KTRK anchor app? please. They are constantly expanding news becausee it's cheaper than buying quality programming. Dave Ward is the only left from there hayday. Now it's a revolving door of cheap reporters and anchors. Who the heck is FOTO?

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    1. Don't forget Debra Wrigley....for her and Dave to be there that long only means "hang to that job" if it pays well.
      I think Dave has a lifetime contract.....needs to give it up.

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  8. I really enjoyed seeing her on Sunday nights. Wishing her the best.

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  9. I never really cared for her, she always seemed a little cold, I think they should put Katie McCall there.

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    1. Why not put Katie McCall there?

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  10. OUCH ! Never cared for her?

    I've always watched KTRK Ch. 13 since I was a baby; I would prefer Christine Dobbyn taking Uchida's place

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  11. Let's face it -- Lily Jang is the new Asian Gold Standard when it comes to the H-town TV market. Uchida was a good reporter...but I just couldn't stand her voice for a whole broadcast.

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    1. "Asian Gold Standard"? Seriously??? Perhaps you can share your Gold Standard picks for all the other ethnicities as well?

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  12. she was on twitter sat. morning. she said she didn't have to get up with the alarm. i ask her if she was running in the marathon, but she did not answer. she was my twitter friend. i will miss her, but i love channel 13 since 1965 and still do.

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  13. I bumped into her jogging one time. Very nice lady. Frankly, I thought she looked better in person than on TV. An amazing physique...I'd take her over Lily Jang any day. Working moms in Houston could definitely take a cue from her about not letting themselves go!

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  14. I heard from friends last week that she got sick with the Mononucleosis months ago and did not run a full marathon but she finished a half with 1hr45'

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  15. Where is Crystal Kobza

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  16. Life goes on. I encourage Dave Ward to consider retirement and make way for fresh faces!

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  17. I don't know if this has been said already but I heard her reporting for KROI News 92 FM a couple of days ago.

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  18. She was the only reason to watch 13, very pretty.
    now she's on radio ???

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