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.
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