Thursday, September 17, 2015

Keli Rabon leaves KTRK abc13

UPDATE AUGUST 30, 2016
Keli Rabon joins KHOU 11


KTRK abc13 investigative reporter Keli Rabon leaves station after months on the job

KTRK abc13 investigative reporter Keli Rabon has left KTRK abc13 after around four months on the job. Her bio has been taken off the station's site, her KTRK Facebook page erased.


She replaced investigator Brian Collister who stayed with the Disney/ABC Television Group for around a year. He ended up at Austin's KXAN. Collister was longtime investigative reporter Wayne Dolcefino's successor after he parted ways with the station.

This leaves Ted Oberg as the station's only investigative reporter.

According to Rabon's bio, she's been honored with some big time awards like the 2014 duPont-Columbia Award, one National and two Regional RTNDA Murrow Awards for Investigative Reporting; twice a Finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists; two Gracie Awards for Investigative Reporting from the Alliance for Women in Media; the Sigma Delta Chi National Award for Public Service In Television Journalism and the Sigma Delta Chi National Award for Investigative Reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists; a four-time finalist for Investigative Reporters & Editors Award for Investigative Reporting, and has won several regional journalism awards including three Emmys.

Rabon came to Houston from Denver's KMGH where she had worked since 2012.

Previously she worked for KVUE Austin, WREG Memphis and WLOX Biloxi/Gulfport/Pascagoula in Mississippi. She interned for both Fox News and WOAI San Antonio and is a graduate of Texas Lutheran University.

While actually born in Houston, Rabon grew up down I-10 in Schulenburg.

I contacted Rabon for comment but did not hear back. In the meantime, if I hear where she ends up next, I will let you know.


UPDATE AUGUST 30, 2016
Keli Rabon joins KHOU 11





13 comments:

  1. I was thinking she wasn't gonna be here long. I hardly saw any reports by her. Ted Oberg was still doing most of the investigative reports.

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    1. It was quite obvious she was using this as a stepping stone!

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  2. It would be easier to just re-hire Wayne Dolcefino.

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  3. Why do we even need investigative reporters anymore? Nobody wants to see hard hitting articles that help keep politicians on the straight and narrow. Nobody wants to know about illegal practices by large corporations, police or other things in the public interest. What we want is more ET. What we want is more Kardashians... Disgusting.

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    1. No kidding! Just look at the junk KPRC puts on air. Jace Larson, Bill Spencer and Joel Davis are terrible, hyperbole spewing hacks masquerading as investigative reporters.
      And Davis' wife, Amy "I just bit into a lemon" Eisenbaum self anoints as a consumer expert when all she appears to do is rip off stories from Consumer Reports Magazine.
      And then there's Rack McNeil who tries to convince us she's a Health Expert when she's barely a news reader.

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    2. Amy Davis is married to Joel Eisenbaum!

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  4. I think the days of Wayne Dolcefino type of investigators are long gone. Now it is a marketing gimmick to use the word investigative on air as many times as you can to trick the audience. Because real investigative stories aren't allowed anymore.

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  5. I have not seen deep stories in a while. I don't watch KTRK or KPRC pretty much anymore. I watch KHOU.

    I used to watch the others but some people at the stations just annoy me.


    Sad she is gone so quick if even was there at all but hope she ends up somewhere.

    Don't know if her or just things with KTRK are a disaster

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  6. Kelli is a good reporter and I am sorry she left so soon. That’s three investigative reporters leaving in just three years from Channel 13.

    I hope she finds a new home at a TV News station that believes in the kind of journalism that still makes a difference. The public right to know and watchdog journalism is much more vital information than the latest diet and skin products.

    I was glad to be part of the journalism that used to make Houston TV stations a force for good, competing with great investigative reporters like Anna Werner and Tony Kovaleski but cheering them on when they exposed something. There is plenty to expose in Houston and I wish the dwindling investigative reporters could keep fighting for what is right.

    Everyday people tell me they don’t watch much local TV anymore because the content has disappeared. Viewers aren’t stupid. And they always depended on journalists for the truth.

    Maybe that is another of the reasons Univision and Telemundo are rocking in the ratings. It is not just population. They are getting after it. They are busting folks. In any language that is what the job is supposed to be.

    Wayne Dolcefino
    President
    Dolcefino Consulting
    dolcefino.com

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    1. It is a shame that TV panders to the lowest common denominator. There are plenty of us that are interested in true journalism, Journalism is the 4th branch, but those that actually want to practice it are no longer allowed to on the larger platforms. Shameful

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    2. Now now, Jeff Ehling recently had a very hard-hitting report on some whiny Bellaire residents who were dissatisfied with the Bellaire dog catcher's inability to catch a few strays hanging around the area.

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    3. Univision & Telemundo anchors are very aggressive in going after stories!!!

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  7. Bingo, Dolcefino! Nothing like the good 'ole days for good investigative journalism in Houston. Too bad!

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