Friday, March 07, 2014

Katie McCall exits KTRK abc13

Katie McCall leaves KTRK abc13, marking end of second TV stop in Houston

UPDATE APRIL 24, 2014
Katie McCall joins FOX 26 after KTRK 13

Katie McCall
Katie McCall
After five years as a weekend anchor/reporter at KTRK abc13, Katie McCall tells mikemcguff.com she has decided to leave the ABC owned station for a higher-profile anchoring gig.

The KTRK gig was her second time on Houston TV.

McCall returned to Houston in 2009 from WBBM Chicago to anchor KTRK's weekend morning newscasts. In May 2013, she transitioned into a full-time weekday reporter role, desiring more normal working hours she tells me.

Before that, McCall reported six years for KIAH 39 in the early days of that station's revived newscast. At channel 39, the award winning journalist was named "best local TV news reporter" by the Houston Press in 2004. Remember the KHWB and KHCW call letters channel 39 used to have back then?

McCall originally came to Houston from KGUN 9 Tucson where she worked as a reporter.

She is a cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt University.

McCall will let us know her next stop as soon as all the details are worked out.   In the meantime, those who have emailed me about her absence from channel 13, can watch McCall's greatest hits here.

UPDATE APRIL 24, 2014
Katie McCall joins FOX 26 after KTRK 13


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- Brian Collister to leave KTRK abc13
- Simon Gutierrez exits KTRK abc13 for KPTV Portland


11 comments:

  1. WOW ! First, Adela Uchida leaves the weekend anchor spot, then Christi Meyers retires after 27 years and now, Katie McCall leaves Ch. 13 and Houston for good.

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  2. Hmmmm....a general rule for any profession - it's easier to find that next better job when you're currently employed, i.e. Vicente Arenas's recent exit from Channel 11 recently. Perhaps there's more to this than she is telling

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  3. Myself can't help but wonder on things with Channel 13 these days. I watched Katie with Channel 39 even and such. But so many have left, or supposedly retired to end up elsewhere that I like and more too. Good people that have liked. Hopefully she will wind up somewhere great. Even hopefully stay in Texas but the news area anything can happen.

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  4. And the chopping continues...

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  5. Only a matter of time she would leave once Shamica Knight took the weekend anchor spot. Wish her well. She was good on channel 13

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  6. By the tone of this article, Katie won't be going over to KHOU or KPRC either. A real shame.

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    1. Have you tried talking her on her future plans on Twitter or Facebook?

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    2. I talked to her on the phone when I broke the story.

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    3. McGuff, did she say where she's going?

      Speaking of Ch. 13, where is Dave Ward?

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  7. Hey Mike McGuff, where has Dave Ward been lately?

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  8. Glad to see Katie exit. Her demeanor was not fitting for KTRK 13. BYE!

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