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Wednesday, June 07, 2023

FOX 7 Austin anchor Libbi Farrow out of hospital

Libbi Farrow

Libbi Farrow, the FOX 7 Austin KTBC weekend morning anchor, posted on Facebook that she is out of the hospital. 

Farrow posted on Saturday June 3, 2023, that she was in the hospital and would not be anchoring the weekend "Good Day Austin" newscasts.

Just down I-35 from Austin in San Antonio, KENS 5 morning anchor Sarah Forgany was put in the ICU Monday.

Farrow joined FOX 7 Austin in 2022. 

Niccole Caan leaves KENS 5 San Antonio

Niccole Caan announced her KENS 5 San Antonio departure where she is an investigative reporter.

Here is a portion of what Caan posted to Facebook:

"My time at KENS is done. I am beginning a new, remote position with a nonprofit where I can continue telling stories of courage & bravery, plus spend more time with Papa Caan.

 I lost my mom suddenly & realized time with my dad is limited, no matter how many years he has left (may they be many!) I want to enjoy our relationship while he's in good health. You just can't get that time back. 

Three years flew by. It was a privilege to be a consumer advocate for you San Antonio. I leave you in good hands. KENS has many bright, talented journalists who work hard for you daily."

Caan joined KENS 5 as consumer investigative reporter in June 2020 from ABC 7 Amarillo KVII. 

Prior to her return to TV news in Amarillo, Caan worked as:

- Traffic reporter for ABC Channel 6 WRTV Indianapolis, Indiana

- Anchor/reporter for WLFI News 18 Lafayette, Indiana

- Reporter/Fill-in anchor for WANE 15 Fort Wayne, Indiana

- News reporter/producer Lakeshore Public Television

- News reporter WCJL 22 Savannah, Georgia

She has a BS and Masters from the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism and taught English in Japan between her first two television news jobs.

Tuesday, June 06, 2023

Dave Brown, formerly of KRGV, has died

Dave Brown, 69, a legendary voice in Rio Grande Valley sports from his days at KRGV 5, has died.

The Texas Christian University (TCU) grad was the sports anchor/director of KRGV for 45 years.

Brown, stepped down from KRGV as a regular sports anchor in 2009, but continued contributing reports for the station until December 2020.

Accoding to his obituary, Brown was twice honored by the Texas Association of Broadcasters as "Sports Broadcaster of the Year," in addition to multiple TAB inclusions in "Best Newscast Team."

(Thank you Manuel)

The Austin American-Statesman's history

Hanna Batta is married

Hannah Battah

Hannah Battah announced she was married in what appears to be the North Texas region, but there was another stop for the FOX 4 KDFW Dallas - Fort Worth morning anchor after that!

"Now that the legal part is done, it’s time for the fun part," Battah posted.  "Next stop...Punta Cana!"

She was joined in the Dominican Republic by new co-anchor Shannon Murray who was recently married.

Battah and now husband Kevin Fleck got engaged in 2021.

She joined KDFW in 2018.

Monday, June 05, 2023

KENS 5 anchor Sarah Forgany in ICU

KENS 5 San Antonio morning anchor Sarah Forgany is in the hospital ICU on a ventilator according to a Facebook post on her account by her family:

"To all of Sarah’s beloved viewers,

Sarah ran into complications during her recovery from surgery yesterday morning. She’s currently in ICU on a ventilator. We have no clue how long she will be here - doctors expect her recovery to take weeks - so we wanted you to know it may be a while before you see her on air again.

She is in good spirits and keeping the faith, but we would sincerely appreciate all your prayers and best wishes for a speedy recovery. 


Sarah’s family"

Forgany was in also in the hospital in late March 2023.

She joined KENS 5 in 2010.

Sarah Forgany

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Friday, June 02, 2023

Marcelino Benito to take leave from KHOU 11

Marcelino Benito

Marcelino Benito announced he will be taking a month and a half leave from his KHOU 11 Houston weekend anchor/reporting duties after the death of his mother from Alzheimer's disease.

Earlier today, I posted about a minor victory in the fight against Alzheimer's disease, but as Benito reminds us, we are then brought face to face with the horror it leaves in its wake.

Here is a portion of what Benito said in his touching video embedded below:

"Losing my mom has really shaken me. She was a very, very important person in my life. I wouldn't be in this position that I am now without her and her lessons and the type of mom she was. So losing her and losing her so suddenly has really shaken me.  And I'm not okay right now. And that's difficult for me to say out loud, but it's the truth. And you can only get better if you acknowledge that there's a problem. 

And right now, I need time away from work. I need time away from the stress and demands that this job brings. And I need time to focus on myself and on my family and on my pain, on focusing on my grief. You have to confront it as many of you have told me in your messages, you can't put it off. You have to feel the pain and hope to get to the other side. And so that's what I'm going to do. 

I feel like I haven't been giving 110% like I strive to do every day here at the station. Um, I'm not giving 110% to my wife and my child. My daughter. And they deserve 150% from me every day. So I will be taking time to focus on myself and to focus on them and hope to return stronger. 

I'm making this decision with the full support of my bosses here at KHOU, who have been extremely supportive and had my back from the moment my mom became ill and continue to have my back today."

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Paige Ellenberger leaves KRHD B-CS and KXXV Waco

Paige Ellenberger announced she is leaving 15ABC KRHD Bryan-College Station and 25 News KXXV Waco/Temple/Killeen, but she is staying in Texas.

Here is a portion of what Ellenberger posted on social:

"From the very first picture taken in Waco, to the very last in Bryan: I’ve been so blessed over the past few years to have had the opportunities I’ve had. 

Whether you’ve shared your story with me, or found joy in following the stories told.. man I am so grateful for all of you.

You’ve all turned this North Eastern girl into a Texas one and luckily, my next journey will keep me in the state."

Ellenberger joined KXXV in August 2020 as a multimedia journalist.  

She eventually moved to the Brazos Valley to anchor mornings for KRHD. 

In April 2023, the James Madison University grad announced she was leaving "Good Morning Texas" to report and work on other duties.