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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

KHOU ND Sally Ramirez gives "Wisdom from women who run newsrooms"

KHOU 11 news director Sally Ramirez appears on Women on Deadline podcast hosted by Carolyn Hall and Sierra Starks


KHOU 11 news director Sally Ramirez was a guest on an episode of Women on Deadline and said journalism is in her blood. Ramirez says in the interview she started writing for the school newspaper back in second grade and believes journalism is a public service.

The podcast, hosted by television photojournalist Carolyn Hall (KING 5 Seattle, KTVA and KTUU Anchorage) and reporter/fill-in anchor Sierra Starks (KSBW Salinas, California and KTVA Anchorage), describes itself as covering "her" experience in TV news.

Here is a small portion of Ramirez's interview which addresses intersectionality in the newsroom:

Host: So then if I ask what are this what are some of the biggest challenges you face as a woman in this industry. Do you think you could answer that?

Sally Ramirez: That's a really great question. I am sure that I have, but at the time I may not have realized it. Like I said, I'm a double minority so to speak. I'm a female and I'm Hispanic, but I just sort of never let that get in the way.

I think that very early on in my career when I was a young producer, I did have some of the talent in particular...I won't mention the name or the station, but I do remember a meteorologist who said to me, 'You are not going to tell me what to do.' Even though my role required that I, you know, sort of lay down, here's what we're doing, here's where we're going and this person told me I wasn't going to because I was younger and because I was a woman. But that, you know, I overcame that clearly.

But so I have have that, but I really personally feel that I've never encountered it necessarily one on one where someone, you know, had said something in meetings. I'm always very professional. People are professional around me. So I have not...I've been very fortunate because I do know that some women have had instances where it's not been a good situation for them. I don't know if it's just my personality. I tend to be...I like to say I put my nose into things I probably shouldn't but I just...it's just how I am. I just focus on getting what I need to get done and move forward trying to accomplish that.

So I think that there are stereotypes that women in management...news management I have I faced this where if you have to talk to another talent for example, if I'm a woman, I've heard, 'Oh it's harder to work for a woman boss.' I really take offense to that.

I've never had that case. You know there's a lot of like oh, that women managers may be harder on other women. I don't...I personally, and I hope that this is, you know, what my team would say, is all the people that I've managed, I don't think that's right. I don't think that we there's all the jealousy or the fighting or the this or the that that I read about some times and some of the blogs and some of the things I think that's unfair. I think that we are really professional and that we really do look out for each other. It's always based on performance.

But if it's a woman, you know, disciplining or critiquing another woman, I do think that there's that little bit, sometimes that people think, oh it's because they're harder on them because it's a woman, or it's there's a jealousy factor or something like that which I do not think that is the case at all.

You can listen to the entire episode right here.

Also interviewed is KPLC Lake Charles, LA news director Jenelle Shriner. If you've been in Texas TV in the last few years, you will probably recognize Shriner's name from her roles as a former KPRC 2 executive producer and KVUE Austin assistant news director.



Monday, June 17, 2019

Yes, 7 KPRC babies are coming!

Channel 2 is leading the way in getting new viewers...they are literally delivering them!



Overall, most of my readers love the Houston TV pregnancy posts, but I get a few complaints.

However, let it be pointed out that at this moment, seven KPRC 2 anchor and/or reporters are expecting new additions to their families.

That is kinda wild.

So the question is, when will I have to add to this list?

We had the great Houston TV baby boom a few years ago, but this one probably tops it. And of course, in addition to channel 2, we have babies on the way at other stations too!

Congrats to all!

CURRENT KPRC PREGNANCIES
- Sophia Beausoleil is pregnant
- Brittany Jeffers is pregnant
- Jacob Rascon is adding to his family
- Haley Hernandez is expecting
- Owen Conflenti announces second child
- Britta Merwin is pregnant
- Lauren Freeman is pregnant with 5th baby

OTHER PREGNANT HOUSTON NEWSCASTERS
- Chita Craft announces second pregnancy
- Lisa Hernandez shocks KHOU 11 crew with gender reveal
- Katherine Whaley is expecting
- Kaitlin Monte announced baby #2
- Lisa Vaughn is pregnant

RELATED
- Top Baby Names for 2018
- Erica Rico has baby girl
- Samica Knight has her second baby




Sunday, June 16, 2019

Dominique Sachse updates us on husband's terrible accident

Good Father's Day news: Dominique Sachse and husband Nick Florescu have good news concerning his recent accident


This Father's Day, KPRC 2 anchor Dominique Sachse and her children are thankful her husband/their father, Nick Florescu, has recovered from a scary accident he had back in late March.

"While cleaning out the pool with the kids, he tripped and face planted on the pool’s edge, cutting himself up pretty badly and breaking three fingers on his dominant hand, though not the middle one," Sachse posted months ago on Facebook.

In her recent YouTube video on Gift Giving Guide For Your Guy!, Sachse and Florescu give us the positive recovery update.

"Well I'm feeling great, I mean, I've been so fortunate that it wasn't worse and really the accident could have been horrible," Florescu said in the video. "I'm recovering and everything is going to be fine. And I think about the people who have much more serious things to worry about. All of my injuries are repairable, I probably have a little extra wrinkle to add to my age."

"Everybody says he looks like [actor] Dermot Mulroney and I think its just added to it, so its all good," Sachse added.

Immediately after the accident, Sachse published a video talking about Life’s Hiccups & How To Deal which I embedded below.

The couple just celebrated their seventh wedding anniversary.




Friday, June 14, 2019

Owen Conflenti is adding to the family

Don't forget about Owen Conflenti's upcoming baby!


KPRC 2 morning anchor Owen Conflenti and his wife are expecting another child.

I had originally posted about this in Haley Hernandez's pregnancy announcement, but certainly Conflenti deserves his own post.

This also gets me to four channel 2 baby posts in one week!

Conflenti said on air his new bundle of joy would arrive this September.

It was February 2018 when Conflenti's wife had daughter Mila.

CURRENT KPRC PREGNANCIES
- Sophia Beausoleil is pregnant
- Brittany Jeffers is pregnant
- Jacob Rascon is adding to his family
- Haley Hernandez is expecting
- Owen Conflenti announces second child
- Britta Merwin is pregnant
- Lauren Freeman is pregnant with 5th baby

OTHER PREGNANT HOUSTON NEWSCASTERS
- Chita Craft announces second pregnancy
- Lisa Hernandez shocks KHOU 11 crew with gender reveal
- Katherine Whaley is expecting
- Kaitlin Monte announced baby #2
- Lisa Vaughn is pregnant

RELATED
- Erica Rico has baby girl
- Samica Knight has her second baby




Thursday, June 13, 2019

Sophia Beausoleil is pregnant


KPRC 2 reporter Sophia Beausoleil is having her first child.

Yes, it is amazing how many pregnant staff members we have at KPRC 2 and the rest of Houston television. I'll admit, I am having problem keeping up.

"I'm excited to join the club in Sept," Beausoleil posted.

Honestly, I am late on Beausoleil's pregnancy news as I was on Chita Craft and Jacob Rascon.

Here is something cool I learned about Beausoleil, this Katy ISD alum is married to her high school sweetheart! Go Cougars!

Beausoleil returned to channel 2 Houston in 2017 from KXAN Austin. She was covered the news in the Capitol since 2012. Before that, Beausoleil worked for WCIA Champaign, Illinois and KOMU8 Columbia, Missouri.

She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia.

CURRENT KPRC PREGNANCIES
- Sophia Beausoleil is pregnant
- Brittany Jeffers is pregnant
- Jacob Rascon is adding to his family
- Haley Hernandez is expecting
- Owen Conflenti announces second child
- Britta Merwin is pregnant
- Lauren Freeman is pregnant with 5th baby

OTHER PREGNANT HOUSTON NEWSCASTERS
- Chita Craft announces second pregnancy
- Lisa Hernandez shocks KHOU 11 crew with gender reveal
- Katherine Whaley is expecting
- Kaitlin Monte announced baby #2
- Lisa Vaughn is pregnant

RELATED
- Erica Rico has baby girl
- Samica Knight has her second baby






Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Brittany Jeffers is pregnant

KPRC 2 reporter Brittany Jeffers announces first baby on the way


KPRC 2 reporter Brittany Jeffers is pregnant.

"Happy news to report," Jeffers wrote on Facebook. "Another sweet baby will be joining the KPRC bunch... my husband and I are so [excited] to welcome our little one this winter!"

This will be the couple's first child. Well, unless you count Jeffers and husband, Andrew's, other little one, new puppy Millie.

Now, insert the jokes on my social media about not drinking the water at Houston TV stations.

Jeffers joined channel 2 in April 2018 from CBS 11 KTVT DFW, where she worked as a reporter and fill-in anchor.

Before Dallas-Fort Worth, Jeffers worked at:
FOX23 KOKI-Tulsa, OK
KLKN Channel 8 in Lincoln, NE
2009-2010 Miss Nebraska - Miss America Organization

I know this is getting difficult to track, so let's map this out. You should see my home office. I have clippings from my blog pasted on the walls with colored strings representing the Houston TV stations attaching them. It's very John Nash in "A Beautiful Mind."

CURRENT KPRC PREGNANCIES
- Sophia Beausoleil is pregnant
- Brittany Jeffers is pregnant
- Jacob Rascon is adding to his family
- Haley Hernandez is expecting
- Owen Conflenti announces second child
- Britta Merwin is pregnant
- Lauren Freeman is pregnant with 5th baby

OTHER PREGNANT HOUSTON NEWSCASTERS
- Chita Craft announces second pregnancy
- Lisa Hernandez shocks KHOU 11 crew with gender reveal
- Katherine Whaley is expecting
- Kaitlin Monte announced baby #2
- Lisa Vaughn is pregnant

RELATED
- Erica Rico has baby girl
- Samica Knight has her second baby



Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Sara Donchey still loves Houston


Sara Donchey might be back home in California anchoring at Los Angeles' KCBS 2 - KCAL 9, but she is still a fan of Houston.

While covering a power outage at LAX, the former KPRC 2 anchor tweeted:


That caused a follower to ask Donchey, "Why would someone want to go to Houston?"

This is where Donchey's H-Town love shines through all the way from LA:


Donchey left KPRC in 2018 and joined the CBS LA stations last January.


Monday, June 10, 2019

Jacob Rascon is adding to his family

KPRC 2 weekend morning anchor Jacob Rascon's wife, Ashley, is pregnant with their fifth child


KPRC 2 weekend morning anchor Jacob Rascon's wife, Ashley, is three months pregnant and he released this fantastic video of his kids Olivia, Malachi, Elijah and Elena breaking the big news.

"So far, so good. The nausea is pretty bad, as usual," Rascon posted on Facebook. "The color brown makes it worse, which is less usual. Here’s an actual meal request: Beef stroganoff without the beef, cold watermelon, corn on the cob, mint chocolate chip shake. We made it happen."

CURRENT KPRC PREGNANCIES
- Sophia Beausoleil is pregnant
- Brittany Jeffers is pregnant
- Jacob Rascon is adding to his family
- Haley Hernandez is expecting
- Owen Conflenti announces second child
- Britta Merwin is pregnant
- Lauren Freeman is pregnant with 5th baby

OTHER PREGNANT HOUSTON NEWSCASTERS
- Chita Craft announces second pregnancy
- Lisa Hernandez shocks KHOU 11 crew with gender reveal
- Katherine Whaley is expecting
- Kaitlin Monte announced baby #2
- Lisa Vaughn is pregnant

RELATED
- Erica Rico has baby girl
- Samica Knight has her second baby






Sunday, June 09, 2019

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Houston/Galveston takes home three 40th Annual Telly Awards


​Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Greater Houston/Galveston (www.RMHCGHG.org) ​announced today its Ronald McDonald Care Mobile video has been selected for three Telly Awards - a People's Telly Gold for Non-Broadcast video, a Bronze Telly for Non-Broadcast General-Low Budget (under $700 per minute), and a Bronze Telly for Non-Broadcast General-Charitable in the 40th Annual Telly Awards.

The Telly Awards honors excellence in video and television across all screens and is judged by leaders from video platforms, television, streaming networks, production companies and including Vice, Vimeo, Hearst Digital Media, BuzzFeed and A&E Networks.

“RMHC of Greater Houston/Galveston is pushing the boundaries for video and television innovation and creativity at a time when the industry is rapidly changing,” said Sabrina Dridje, Managing Director of the Telly Awards. “This award is a tribute to the talent and vision of its creators and a celebration of the diversity of work being made today for all screens.”

“Being honored with three awards by both the Telly Judging Council and the People for our first ever submission of this type is a spectacular honor,” said Tanya Gee Executive Director of RMHC of Greater Houston/Galveston. “Our Ronald McDonald Care Mobile video depicts so beautifully the day-to-day life on the two mobile medical and dental clinics. We wish to express our heartfelt appreciation to the entire team who envisioned and then spent numerous hours capturing and editing this heart-warming story and shared it with the world including Julye Newlin of Julye Newlin Productions, Karen LaFleur, Communications Director, and Kimberlyn Clarkson, Advancement Director. We would also like to thank our clinical partners Texas Children’s Hospital and UT Health School of Dentistry for allowing us to share with the world the tremendously caring and impactful work they do every day serving the children of our communities on the Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles. Finally, we would like to thank our Board of Directors, our founding mission partner McDonald’s, and all of the community members who give every day of their time, talent, and treasure to ensure that both Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles are reaching as many impoverished and underserved children as possible! We are all #BetterTogether.”

Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards honors video and television made for all screens and is judged by The Telly Award Judging Council; a group of over 200 leading video and television experts from some of the most prestigious companies in entertainment, publishing, advertising, and emerging technology. Judges who comprise the most diverse and elite group of television and video industry leaders in the award’s history. Over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents were evaluated by jury members from creative powerhouse Droga5, next generation motion picture studio Ryot, Condé Nast, Framestore, Vimeo, Vice, A&E Networks and more.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Houston/Galveston Through the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program, Ronald McDonald C.H.E.E.R.! Rooms and the Ronald McDonald Hospitality Cart, we create, find, and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families.

www.rmhcghg.org

(This post was taken from a release sent to me by Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Greater Houston/Galveston)