Monday, February 03, 2014

Michelle Merhar behind anchor desk, plus other Fox 26 news

Michelle Merhar new Fox 26 KRIV 4am and 5am news anchor

Michelle Merhar
Michelle Merhar
Fox 26 KRIV Traffic Authority Michelle Merhar has lots of new things in her professional life. First, a new traffic system with improved on air maps. Then the other thing...I've confirmed she is the new 4am and 5am newscast anchor alongside another new addition to the show, Rita Garcia.

This follows my new T.O.T.T.S. way of finding out things - Turn On The Television Stupid. Merhar will anchor/cover traffic for the early shows and continue in the traffic role in the later morning blocks.

I've never met Merhar, but I feel like a proud, creepy uncle or something watching her career move up. Remember back in July of 2010 when I wrote about her joining Fox 26 from 740 KTRH? Back then I wrote:

"Just think, this video could be history in the making. If Merhar is still on the traffic post 10 years from now, or maybe even a TV anchor, we can all return to this post and say, "I was there for her first day!" It's almost akin to when The Wall fell. Cue David Hasselhoff."

Then I captured her first time behind the anchor desk just a few months ago.

Merhar has replaced the spot Chris Stipes left cold when he moved to the station's weekend newscasts.

Zizka back on morning news desk

In other Fox 26 morning news, readers have happily let me now that Fox 26 business reporter Tom Zizka has returned to the anchor desk in the later part of the morning news block. I hear he is filling in for Jose Grinan during the next few weeks.

Bye, Bye Fox 26 Investigates

After Arnold Diaz and his investigative unit was cut from Fox owned New York station WNYW, I wondered what was happening to Fox 26 Investigates and award winning reporter Randy Wallace. A Fox Television Stations rep tells me Wallace is now doing general assignments reporting. After my question, Wallace's web bio was changed from "investigative reporter" to "reporter." Now when all of this officially happened is still unclear.

Where's that Ford parked?

Then I'm still getting questions about Fox 26 reporter Ford Atkinson who hasn't been on the air since mid-December 2013. Both his Twitter and Facebook accounts stalled at that time too. A Fox spokesperson told me in December he was on vacation.




22 comments:

  1. She's the BEST traffic reporter on TV. Not even close.

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    1. Agreed! I really enjoy her reports. Fun and knowledgeable.

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  2. I agree. And the Ch 2 señorita is the worst

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  3. I have met and worked with both Michelle Merhar and Randy Wallace. Merhar is truly sweet and showed genuine interest in getting her information right; Wallace is a biased and pompous jerk. So I guess Fox has done the right thing in both cases.

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  4. Ford Atkinson I have been told has medical problems.

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  5. Anon #3, is Fox 26 still cleaning house ? Ford Atkinson might be gone from Houston for good ad Jose Grinan being on "vacation", hmmm: something ain't right about that.

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  6. Michelle is a breath of fresh air and a great addition to the anchor desk. Fox 26 desperately needs some more fresh talent on the morning news anchor desk.

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  7. Aside from the weather guy and Melissa Wilson that whole morning team is a terrible way to wake up at 4:30. The entire anchor team at kriv is fake and a bore to watch. Merhar stutters and stammers, Rita Garcia is a crater face with a lisp and jose grignan can't ready anymore. Don Teegue is a stiff. Melinda is beautiful but with Don it's just the worst. I'm sure the "Anonymous" posts are by Michelle. Watch closely that girl is not good.

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  8. Avalone Tristeli2/05/2014 12:36:00 AM

    Ford's BIO has been removed. Since December he is no longer with the station. There was going to be a mass walk out because no one was happy with the GM D'Art or the News Director Bob at the station. Every station has problems. This station is in trouble. No one there is happy. NO ONE. There will be a mass exodus by the summer time

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  9. Avalone, WOW: Ford's gone too.

    This is NOT good for Fox 26 as they're losing too many good folks because of the dictator, D'Art: who is running that station into the ground and I agree with you that there's going to be a massive exodus by summer.

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  10. Cheap talent. They don't want to pay their people. And no one wants to get news from rookie news readers. So Fox doesn't pay. No one watches. They hit the wall. The good folks hit the door. They better hold on tight to Melissa, Jose and Mike.

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  11. Michelle does an excellent job anchoring, reporting and traffic, and her "youth" is a plus, not a minus. Those other anchors have been there for years, probably make more money than Fox wants to pay and don't draw the younger demos that Michelle does. By the way, Ford's bio is still listed on the Fox 26 site.

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  12. Hit the wall. Anon cheering. Hit the wall. Anon cheers. See the pattern?

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

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  13. Bingo! Fox has been doing the same thing over and over again, and now they are looking to change things to get a different result. I couldn't have said that better myself! Thanks anon 9:15!

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  14. ANY station's traffic is better than what they pass off on KPRC.

    This morning, Jen Reyna was so ineffective reporting details about the stalled traffic on 1960 due to a double fatality. Just absolutely clueless and unhelpful.

    I switched to Ch 11, and Whaley had a great deal of info and substance. When the weather Barbie on 11 came on, I switched back to Ch 2 hoping to catch Anthony. A few minutes later, Reyna comes on reading notes from a piece of paper as if she copied Whaley's report WORD FOR WORD.
    Reyna is completely unqualified for any journalism or news job. Period.

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    1. but she does a nice job filling out her sweaters.

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  15. Jennifer Reyna is beautiful and sexy in my opinion. She might not be perfect, but she knows what she's talking about.

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    1. Thank God for tight clothes, makeup and hair products and unattractive men that base talent on what women "appear" to look like!

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  16. Im tired of staring at Rita's mouth waiting for her next lisp booboo!!! Im going to channel 11. Gbye 26!!!

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  17. Happy Jose is wherever he is...tired of hearing him sing his words like some sort of cartoon character. Melissa is a total ding bat and needs to practice laughing. Great to see new faces behind the desk in the morning. Your evening cast ROCK!!!

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  18. Congrats to Michelle and Rita!

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  19. Michelle must be the boss' s daughter or girlfriend, she moved up and doing jobs that Aaron Anthony never got a chance to do



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