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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Jacob Rascon is leaving KPRC 2

Jacob Rascon

 Jacob Rascon is leaving KPRC 2 according to his weekend co-anchor Sofia Ojeda.

Here is what Ojeda tweeted.

"[Jacob Rason] is moving on from #kprc2 and we will miss him...but for Jacob, like so many of the good ones who come into your life in this #crazy #business, is not goodbye… it’s see ya later #friend. Good luck I know you’ll be #great." 

Rascon's departure from channel 2 has been rumored for months.  

Now here is the next rumor...is Jacob Rason joining his father, anchor Art Rascon, at abc13 KTRK? Could Jacob one day take over for Art?  One Rascon replacing another Rascon?  Has this ever been done at a TV station?

We'll wait and see if it happens.  Stay tuned.

New KPRC 2 hire Sabirah Rayford will take over Rascon's anchor role on weekend mornings with Ojeda and the multi-talented Khambrel Marshall.

I've been covering Rascon for many years on this blog. 

Rascon joined KPRC in 2017 as a weekend morning anchor.

Before that the Emmy and Edward R. Murrow-award winning reporter was an NBC News correspondent, KNBC 4 Los Angeles reporter and KFOX 14 El Paso reporter.

(Thanks Luis!)



Caroline Brown joins KPRC 2

Caroline Brown is joining KPRC 2 as a meteorologist/weather producer multiple sources tell mikemcguff.com.

Brown will apparently take the position of Eric Braate who left KPRC for WNBC 4 New York in August 2021.

UPDATE 
After I posted the news, Brown announced her move to channel 2 Houston,

"Thrilled to announce I’m coming home! Working in Houston has always been my dream, and I’ve accepted a meteorologist position at KPRC! I grew up watching Channel 2, I interned there in college, and now I’m an employee! Somebody pinch me!"

According to her bio, Brown is a sixth-generation Texan who was born and raised in Houston.

Currently Brown is a meteorologist for WeatherNation.  

She previously worked for KTUL 8 Tulsa, Oklahoma.  

The University of Oklahoma grad has a BS in Meteorology with minors in both mathematics and broadcast journalism. 




Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Hema Mullur is pregnant

Hema Mullur is pregnant with a baby

Hema Mullur, CBS Austin KEYE 42 anchor, is expecting.

Here is what the expecting Mullur posted on social media about her baby news!

"Breaking news!  Our Bundle of joy expected March 2022."

Mullur married Bryan Ashton in October 2020.

Before joining KEYE in 2014, the Plano raised University of Texas at Austin grad (Plan II Honors and Broadcast Journalism), anchored/reported for KDVR/KWGN Denver, Colorado.

The award-winning journalist also worked in such Texas television markets as an anchor/reporter for KFOX El Paso, and morning anchor/reporter/producer for KWES Midland/Odessa. Huma interned at FOX 7 KTBC Austin.



Christine Noël is married

Christine Noël married Jesse Trigg Irvin.

 Christine Noël is officially married to Jesse Irvin.

"Under a beautiful Colorado sky, where it all began 4 years ago...we celebrated love, friendship, and a type of bond one can only dream of," Noël tweeted.  "So grateful we finally got here."

The couple's wedding took place at The Club at Ravenna in Littleton, CO on September 18, 2021.  It is the site of their first date. 

The newly weds got engaged in October of 2019, but the pandemic delayed the wedding.

Prior to KPRC 2 Houston, Noël anchored for 9NEWS KUSA in Denver.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Pam Vaught retires from FOX 7 Austin after 23 years at station

Pam Vaught has retired from FOX 7 Austin KTBC after working at the Central Texas station since September 1998. 

"As I told [the FOX 7 Austin staff], good people matter and they are some of the best, both present and those who I worked with over almost 40 years," Vaught posted on Facebook.  "I have a video they put together I need to watch but chose to do that at home so I can ugly cry."

This December 2021, would be 40 years in the broadcasting business for Vaught.  She tweeted, 29 of those years with FOX Television Stations. 

KTBC says according to the Texas Association of Broadcasters, Vaught is believed to be the longest serving current Texas television news director working for the same station in a Lone Star State TV market. 

TAB adds, the other TX TV news directors who served for more than 25 or more years at a station include:


Ray Miller - KPRC 2 Houston
Bob Rogers - KENS 5 San Antonio’s 


Vaught started her career in 1981 after graduating from Indiana University Bloomington.

"Nearly 4 years ago, Pam took a chance on me," FOX 7 traffic anchor Jane Lonsdale posted on Facebook.   "I had worked at 2 stations prior to Fox 7, but had been out of the TV business for two years when I was hired on to be a part of Good Day Austin. Thank you, Pam for taking that chance. I am forever grateful for this opportunity to work with such a talented team each morning!"

"We miss you already Pam," FOX 7 anchor Leslie Rangel added.  "Thank you again for your constant support and for 40 years of contribution to the news industry and inspiration. Enjoy your first day of retirement and take time for you!!"




Shardae LaRae joins CBS19 KYTX Tyler

Shardae LaRae announced she is the new morning news anchor for CBS19 KYTX in Tyler, Texas.

 "I’m back on the morning news and this time a little closer to family and friends," LaRae tweeted. "I’m excited and extremely blessed to be able to continue my morning anchor journey at the CBS affiliate in Tyler."

LaRae previously worked at KAMR Amarillo as the co-anchor for "Today in Amarillo" and as an MMJ (multi-media journalist).

Before that, she was a digital multimedia journalist for 23ABC KERO Bakersfield, California and a news producer for NewsFix on KDAF 33 Dallas-Fort Worth. 

The University of North Texas grad got her start with KNOE Monroe, LA as a producer. 




Monday, September 20, 2021

Gabby Hart joins FOX 26 KRIV

Gabby Hart has joined FOX 26 Houston as a general assignment reporter, announced station Vice President and News Director, Susan Schiller

Effective September 27th, she will report for various evening and weekend station newscasts.  

In making the announcement, Schiller stated, “Gabby will bring a new level of community reporting to our FOX 26 viewers, as she is committed to helping those whose concerns are often overlooked and ignored.” 

Most recently, Hart served as a General Assignment reporter for KSNV-TV in Las Vegas. 

Prior to that, she was a reporter and producer for WAPT-TV in Jackson, MS. 

Before that, Hart began her career in journalism as an intern and later an assignment editor at WEWS-TV in Cleveland, OH.  

A graduate of Cleveland State University, Hart holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism.  

Hart added, “Being fair, accurate, and authentic in my reporting is my main priority as a journalist. I look forward to getting to know Houstonians and telling the stories that matter to them.”   

KRIV FOX 26 is part of the FOX Television Stations, which owns and operates 29 full power broadcast television stations in the U.S. 

These include stations located in nine of the top ten largest designated market areas (DMAs), and duopolies in 11 DMAs, including the three largest DMAs (New York, Los Angeles and Chicago). 

Of these stations, 18 are affiliated with the FOX Network. In addition to distributing sports, entertainment and syndicated content, our television stations collectively produce nearly 1,000 hours of local news every week. 

These stations leverage viewer, distributor and advertiser demand for the FOX Network’s national content.  


(This post was taken from a release sent to me by FOX Television Stations)



Charlotte Huffman to leave WFAA 8 Dallas

Charlotte Huffman, WFAA 8 Dallas investigative reporter, is leaving the station at the end of 2021.

Here is what Huffman posted on Facebook:

"I want to let you know that I have decided to leave WFAA at the end of the year so that I can refocus my passion and my skills into a new adventure! I’m not quite ready to share what that is yet but I am very excited about this next chapter! 

It’s been a heck of a ride, to say the least. My job as WFAA’s investigative reporter has taken me to some amazing places. I’ve had both the privilege and the responsibility to let loose a little more truth into the world by shining a light in areas that some prefer to be kept dark.

Along the way I’ve worked with incredible photographers and producers. I’ve reported some very exciting stories and also some very painful ones. I’ve interviewed countless victims, criminals, high powered officials and top politicians. Perhaps most importantly, I’ve interviewed average Americans just struggling to have their voices heard. Throughout this journey I’ve prided myself on asking the tough and uncomfortable questions. As a result I’ve learned so much about this crazy world we live in. 

Thanks to my my agent, my husband, my co-workers and my news directors for their support every step of the way. Especially, thank you to the countless people who trusted me to tell their stories. Together we’ve changed laws and changed lives."

Huffman joined WFAA in 2015, replacing Byron Harris who retired.

Prior to arriving in DFW TV, Huffman worked for:
- CBS O&O KYW Philadelphia
- WNCN Raleigh, North Carolina
- KETK Tyler
- KDFX Wichita Falls

The Edward R. Murrow and EMMY award-winning reporter was born and raised in Oklahoma City and earned her degree from Southern Methodist University (SMU). 

"What many people may not realize is that the seven or eight-minute-long story you see on TV may have taken seven or eight months to uncover," Huffman said on her WFAA bio. "WFAA stands behind me and empowers me to really get to the bottom of an issue, no matter how long it takes. There’s a passion for excellence here and we set the bar high for ourselves. I think that’s one reason why WFAA has always had a reputation for being an investigative powerhouse."





Friday, September 17, 2021

Houston TV ratings for TS Nicholas

 Here is KPRC 2 television news ratings info from Tropical Storm Nicholas coverage.