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Wednesday, September 07, 2011

KHOU 11 hires KABC's Lisa Hernandez as main anchor

Lisa Hernandez is pregnant

KHOU 11 had a main anchor named Lisa (Foronda), Lucy (Noland) and now a Lisa again. This time it is Lisa Hernandez from top rated Los Angeles station KABC 7. That's right, Lucy Noland goes to KNBC in LA so KHOU took its new anchor away from Southern California to get even. I like that.

"I am ridiculously lucky," Hernandez told "Not only am i joining an amazing news team, I'm moving to an amazing city! Houston's got it all: tremendous growth, an amazing arts scene, incredible restaurants that will have me wishing for elastic-waist pants in NO time, and major league sports. You better believe I'm already praying for Arian's hamstring."

I like her already! Since we will be inviting Lisa Hernandez into our living rooms every night (or so KHOU really hopes), we need to get to know more about her.

Hernandez was the weekend morning co-anchor and a general assignment reporter for ABC7 Eyewitness News (yep, it is KTRK 13's Disney sister station). She is a native Californian - born and raised in Indio which is just east of Palm Springs. According to her KABC bio, she made the move to LA as a freshman at UCLA.

What's rare in her past for an anchor is that Hernandez started freelancing for the LA Times while earning a political science degree. Yep, she started in the newspaper world. When she graduated in 2001, she refocused her career on TV news.

KESQ in Palm Springs is where Hernandez started as a producer. Then she went across the country to Charlotte, North Carolina's News 14 as a reporter. She then went back to California and joined KABC in 2004.

Much like a former anchor named Lisa at KHOU, this new Lisa is an avid runner according to her bio.

So what happens to Shern-Min Chow who has servied as a fill-in anchor after Noland took off for the west coast? Sources tell me she will be sitting next to Len Cannon as a new anchor on KHOU 11 News at 4. And for all of her fans, Chita Johnson is there too by the way - sometimes with Houston Texans cheerleaders for you NFL fans.

According to Hernandez's Facebook account, she starts this October.

Sources inside KABC speak very highly of her.

- VIDEO: KHOU 11 anchor Lucy Noland says goodbye to Houston
- KHOU 11's Lucy Noland headed to KNBC 4 LA

Lisa Hernandez is pregnant

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