Thursday, April 14, 2016

Richard Longoria, KIII Corpus Christi news director and longtime Texas journalist, retires

With big managing jobs in his resume like KTRK abc13, 740 KTRH and KIII Corpus Christi, Richard Longoria is retiring

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After nearly four decades in the TV biz, KIII Corpus Christi news director Richard Longoria is ready to hang up his press credentials.

"After nearly 38 years in the broadcast business and turning 68 this July, I have decided to take the retirement plunge with the blessing of my company and my station management," Longoria said in a statment to mikemcguff.com. "I have had the greatest time working for KIII-TV for the last 13 years with the greatest achievement of being consistently rated Number One in South Texas.”

Since KIII is a TEGNA station, this is technically a part of the buyout package, but it should be noted Longoria was planning to retire anyway at this point according to a station rep.

Longoria is ending his TV career in the city where he grew up, but longtime Houstonians will also be familiar with his work.

After journalism and political jobs in places like Colorado, the University of Houston graduate took a reporting job at San Antonio's WOAI-AM in the late 70s. By the start of the 80s, he was the managing editor of 740 KTRH.

From there he started in TV at KTRK abc13. For the next 15 years, Longoria rose from assignment editor, to assignment manager, executive producer and finally news director.

After Houston, Longoria ran the newsroom of KUSI-TV San Diego for the next few years.

In 2003, he returned home to Corpus Christi's KIII where he's been ever since. As I posted the other day, he's done quite well there.

UPDATE
Oscar E. Garcia named KIII Corpus Christi News Director



10 comments:

  1. With the TEGNA buyouts, 3 of the 4 Atlanta talents offered the early retirement package has been confirmed, along with 4 behind the scenes staffers. I believe retiring veteran Twin Cities anchor is taking the buyout. Other TEGNA markets could prove to be interesting.

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  2. Is he related to Eva Longoria, because she's from Corpus Christi?

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    1. Congratulations on the retirement Richard Longoria!

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  3. One of my oldest friends. Former roommate. Former boss. One of the great journalists in Texas history. Always stood with me in a fight to do the right thing for the people. Corpus Christi is losing a legend.

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    1. No, no, my friend Wayne. You are the legend! Your pal, RL

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  4. Wait ... if he's only been there 13 years, that doesn't meet the buyout criteria. It's 15 years of service and age 55 or older.

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    1. He had worked for the company that owned KIII (previous to TEGNA) before at KUSI. So if you count those two stations, he has worked for the company more than 15 years.

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  5. Good luck Richard! Lot of good years under your belt and a lot of big stories. Glad our paths crossed more than once.

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  6. Richard, I happened upon this by accident. I'm thrilled for you. It was a joy to see your smiling face. I wanted to reach into the screen and hug you. Always, always admired your heart. Here's to a joyful and peaceful retirement free of politics, mayhem, and chaos! I've never missed a day of freedom from being hitched to the news.

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