Monday, January 15, 2018

Janel Forte joins KHOU + new set

WLOX Biloxi, MS weekend morning anchor Janel Forte joins KHOU as a reporter

Janel Forte joined KHOU 11 last week from WLOX Biloxi, MS where she's been the weekend morning anchor the last two years.

Her KHOU bio page makes no mention of what position she has taken, but her Twitter bio does say KHOU reporter.

"It’s an adventure, you never know what to expect as you head into work," Forte said about her profession on her newly posted channel 11 bio. "Each day I get to meet new people, go to new places and tell a different story. Not to mention the responsibility of serving in that gatekeeper role to inform the public and hold officials accountable."

Her website has a great breakdown of her career which I will show you here:

Medill News Service, Reporter, Washington DC
March 2015 – June 2015

Medill Reports, Reporter, Chicago, IL
September 2014 – March 2015

Social Justice News Nexus, Graduate Fellow, Chicago, IL
October 2014 – March 2015

Newswatch 16 ICTV, Anchor/Reporter, Ithaca, NY
September 2013 – May 2014

Fox News KDFW, Intern, Dallas Fort Worth, TX
May 2013- August 2013

The Virginian-Pilot, Intern, Norfolk, VA
January 2013

Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism, Evanston, IL
M.S. Journalism, Broadcast, Business

Cornell University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Ithaca, NY
B.S. Communication, Media Communication Focus, Sociology Concentration, Law & Society Minor

So how did I find out about Forte?

I didn't get tipped off by anyone at the station or any Houston TV viewers, but an alert about a KHOU set change.

As I was looking around the KHOU website for any video of the new set, I happened to see her photo in the bios page. Luck was on my side.

Ron Trevino actually hinted about a new set over the weekend.

This is obviously a new temporary set since the station is still operating thanks to Houston Public Media's generosity and the PBS affiliates studio space after Hurricane Harvey heavily damaged its building.

Honestly, it's hard for me to tell the difference from the former temporary set, but glad to see the station is progressing in its flood recovery.

Last November, I blogged KHOU is looking for a new studio home. UPDATE: NewscastStudio has photos, not sure I see that much of a difference still.

KHOU 11 opening downtown Houston studios

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