Monday, July 07, 2014

Katherine Whaley leaving KHOU 11

KHOU 11 traffic anchor Katherine Whaley is exploring other opportunities

UPDATE OCTOBER 05, 2014
Katherine Whaley joins KTRK abc13

UPDATE OCTOBER 09, 2014
Katherine Whaley debuts on KTRK abc13

Katherine Whaley
Katherine Whaley
KHOU 11 morning traffic anchor Katherine Whaley tells me her last day reporting on the Houston commute was last Friday, July 4th, and she will be leaving the CBS affiliate later this summer.

"KHOU offered me a different position, which I ultimately determined was not the right fit for me," Whaley told mikemcguff.com. "I will be with the station through most of August."

In June, KHOU announced the return of Darby Douglas, who Whaley originally replaced in 2009. Douglas will once again perform morning traffic duties. According to the KHOU release about Douglas, Whaley was to move out of his way, but stay on as a reporter.

However Whaley tells me she is currently engaged in conversations for some upcoming opportunities. She also has a side passion.

"You may remember I am an active blogger, covering Houston food, my original recipes, and travel," Whaley told me. "I am planning to relaunch the site later this month. Stay tuned!"

I wrote about Whaley's blog, Dash of Decadence, last September.

According to her bio, Whaley previously worked in Las Vegas at KVBC as an anchor, reporter and weathercaster. Before rolling the dice in Vegas, she anchored and reported at KLFY Lafayette, Louisiana and KAVU Victoria.

Whaley grew up in West Houston, attended Memorial High School and is a Rice University grad.

Stay tuned for more on what Whaley does next.

Now Darby Douglas doesn't start his old/new gig until July 14th, so who was doing the traffic honors this morning? The answer is weekend morning anchor Sherry Williams.

UPDATE OCTOBER 05, 2014
Katherine Whaley joins KTRK abc13

UPDATE OCTOBER 09, 2014
Katherine Whaley debuts on KTRK abc13


55 comments:

  1. That sucks! With her being a native Houstonian she knew our roads really well. I'm glad she's continuing her blog. Great recipe for no flour cookies. I guess I'll get all my traffic reports from Jennifer Reyna now.

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  2. I somehow had a feeling she wouldn't stay on as just a reporter now that they are bringing back Darby. Darby is a great one to get traffic from and more. Jennifer with Ch 2 is ok. But not one I would care to watch. Darby is one have trusted and more for a while. It will feel different without KW but kind of felt changes were a coming with her at the Station as she was dropped with doing the News at noon with Ron. When saw Sherry this morning I figured she was possibly done. Wish her look in her new endeavors

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    1. So how do you know that Jennifer is "ok" if you have not been watching?

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    2. The person said, " not one I would care to watch." Which means they have watched her before, but don't really like her. Some people go for talent and others go for hair, makeup, tight clothing , plastic surgery, etc. Different strokes, for different folks!

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    3. Katherine Whaley leaving KHOU-TV doesn't surprise me at all. Being downgraded to just a reporter was an insult !

      I wouldn't be surprised if other news stations from Texas or across the country offer her a news anchor spot.

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    4. Hello Darby....

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  3. I really liked her but wasn't crazy about the trend of making her into a mini-Chita Johnson. The hair got bigger and she stopped looking like a knowledgeable reporter and more like a cover girl with a hair-stole. It's a shame she got pushed out.

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    1. Yes, but it's her fault. I mean, she could always say that she wants to be taken seriously and wants to stay with her real hair color and minimal makeup. When you have integrity, other people can't make you do something you don't want!

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    2. No they can't make you do something you don't want. But if she didn't this just would've happened sooner.

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    3. My goodness, people can be so critical. As we get older it is just natural we change our look. I think her look was appropriate; made her look more mature. She was great, I enjoyed watching her and was one of the main reason I watch 11 news in the morning. She was a blast of energy and Darby Douglas is old news....been there done that. I don't think he will last long. The powers that be at 11 are not using there heads in this one. Katherine is smart and loved it when she was co anchor before Lily was hired. I am missing Katherine a lot; just not the same for me. I hope she excels in any adventure she takes in life.

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    4. thought she was great I will miss her

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    5. It isn't being critical, it's telling the truth. She dyes her hair blond and wears a lot of makeup just like most of the other women. Why is that being critical? If you want to be seen for talent go natural.

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    6. I think Darby hired you to post this garbage...... or you're Darby yourself.

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    7. You're wrong, but I think it's pretty clear that you aren't very intelligent.

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  4. Katherine has so much more to give as a news reporter than just doing a traffic report. She will excel no matter what she does. Good luck Katherine. Darby is proven so welcome back.

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    1. Anything but Darby.

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  5. Wow they let Kat go? Shirley Ron Trevino must be next or at least on the list after his recent scandal? What do all of you think? And if not Ron who do you think the next weak link is that KHOU will probably ditch?

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    1. Just don't call me Shirley

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  6. I'll bite. Whaley will end up at channel 13. They just posted a job for a traffic anchor.

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  7. You think she'll come to Ch. 13 ? Who would 13 replace for her to join considering half of the diehards have been there since the mid 1960s ?

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  8. 13 is looking for a traffic reporter? Is Don leaving?

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  9. way to screw things up KHOU. Katherine was great....but Darby....HA HA....he's terrible. usually talks so fast like he's on something. you can hardly understand that guy. Looks like Fox or Ch. 2 or 13 will be my new news station.

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    1. Totally agree. Another boneheaded move by KHOU.

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  10. C'mon folks... IT'S Traffic! Not rocket science or even investigative reporting. I would much rather get my traffic from a beautiful woman than a boring middle age guy. Bad Move KHOU!

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    1. Is it true traffic anchoring is harder than being a weatherman? I mean those weather guessers usually get stuff wrong anyway. Just watch what they forecast and then what really happens.

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    2. How about a good-looking guy? They are harder to find, because let's face t without makeup and their hair done, 99.9 percent of these women you think are "beautiful", are very plain.

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    3. Forecasting traffic probably uses a lot of algorithms and math formulas. Weather forecasting is done by Accuweather or the NWS and sent to the stations by computer.

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    4. They don't forecast the traffic. They use camera and people out on the street, etc. Do you really think Jennifer Reyna would be able to do it, if it required intelligence? They actually have to know statistics and math, science, etc., for weather.

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    5. I wouldn't say Jennifer Reyna is unintelligent. Are you saying that just because she's attractive? I think she's great at traffic because she's a native Houstonian, just like Katherine Whaley and Michelle Merhar

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    6. NATURALLY attractive women tend to be intelligent. Women that wear quite a bit of makeup, always have their hair long, straight and done, have plastic surgery, etc., tend to have average intelligence. They know if they do all these things that I just mentioned they will be loved by others and will be given jobs. People are attracted to fakeness. If she and others came on TV without doing their hair, in sweats, without makeup, you would not watch them. There have been numerous studies that point out that people think women that wear makeup are smarter, better looking and have more talented. This is why you see so many women focusing so much on their looks. it will get you farther than being smart and talented, especially when you are in a business that does not require any special skill, or high intelligence.

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  11. I will watch morning news elsewhere now.

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  12. KHOU trots out another retread. Lost this viewer in the am time slot.

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  13. I hate it for Katherine but I almost quit watching when they took Darby off years ago. I like him and am glad he's back.

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  14. I'm not watching some hard head in the morning! Just saying

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  15. I just looked at channel 2 I can watch Jennifer in the morning but I am torn because I do like the weather on 11

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  16. Anon, my wife, Alicia would agree with you, but I could still see the ratings for KHOU going down the toilet even further!

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  17. She was too skinny and not as sexy as Chita.

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  18. When will KHOU debut their Gannett look?

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  19. Anon, when they're forced to change that ugly set they've got.

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  20. 13 has a traffic position open, will Whaley be the next Don Nelson ?

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  21. I am so not happy that Katherine is leaving. They are messing up my morning news. I used to watch it back when Darby was doing the traffic. I much prefer Katherine. I hope she finds something great. She will be missed.

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  22. Im done,Kathrine was profestional ,very very pretty and I loved seeing her every morning.And now Darby! Sorry but that was a mistake,Im changing to Kathrine where are you at.! Going to miss your sweet smile and face.

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  23. Goodbye channel 11....

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  24. Katherine Whaley did a fantastic job with traffic, and I thought she was a great anchor. Darby? I watched him this morning and it literally made me want to turn the channel. The Channel 11morning team had a great chemistry, and we watched every morning. Apparently they did not like the demogragphics they saw, so Channel 11 made a change. Looking at Channel 11's local lineup of talent, I am not part of the demographic they desire. Enough said.

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    1. What moron made that decision? What happened, Darby lost his job so he came begging back for his old one at KHOU. If anything they should have went with another attractive female...not some old fart. I have since changed channels.

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    2. It is a shame that Channel 11 is providing so much face time to Darby, as it merely emphasizes how little they were providing to Kat. Moving his Traffic ahead of Chita's Weather is another mistake, and I doubt Chita will appreciate it. Let us know if Kat lands a local gig, and I will follow her there.

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  25. What's up with the bad hair - Darby?

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  26. channel 11 hired porter waggoner as traffic reporter? Already miss catherine, she was a true professional who could wear any hat needed that day from anchor to traffic. Hope she stays in houston market.

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  27. She was just seen inside ABC13. Interviewing?

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  28. Really disappointed with the morning changes at KHOU. Katherine Whaley was great, bringing class and intelligence to the table. The addition of Darby Douglas has been more than disappointing. The banter between him and Ron Trevino is pretty awful, even bordering on offensive sometimes. The women reporters are doing their best to gloss over it, but it's bjust not working. They've lost me as a viewer. Just can't stomach it anymore.

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    1. Too much chattering on news sets these days anyway. This is a misstep for KHOU I fear.

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  29. I never liked the HERE'S CHITA then now Katherine with traffic. Chita was all silicone and bleach then you got the real beauty-- Katherine. I couldn't wait for Chita to finish so I could see classic beauty. I miss her already. Hope she finds something great. That replacement idiot makes switch the channel.

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    1. So, you do not realize Katherine dyes her hair too and wears quite a bit of makeup, just like Chita? I don't know about her silicone, because I know thin women like her who have had implants and you really can't tell, because they still look small, even if they are d's.

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    2. Totally agree!! Good bye KHOU

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