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Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Cynthia Cisneros announces retirement from abc13 KTRK

Cynthia Cisneros has been with abc13 KTRK since 1989 and is announcing her retirement on Facebook.

I am announcing my retirement from ABC13. Yes, it’s true! After 30 years, I am retiring! It’s been a thrill of a lifetime to travel to all corners of our city and beyond, to meet extraordinary people and to be trusted to tell their unique stories.

I’ve been inspired, joyful, fearful and even horrified yet always aware that I was part of a team doing our very best to inform. Meeting new people every day and creating lasting relationships led me to become Vice President of Community Engagement. On behalf of ABC13, we offered a home to our diverse communities, giving voice to their culture.

“For 30 years, Cynthia has served ABC13 and the Houston community. She has touched projects big and small, worked with non-profits and community outreach organizations, forged friendships and life-long connections both inside and outside of ABC13 and the Walt Disney Company. We wish her the best and are certain her love and passion for service will continue for years to come.” said KTRK President and GM Wendy Granato.

While I am grateful for being recognized as an award winning journalist, I’m most grateful and humbled by the community accolades. Here are a few: honored by the Mexican American Bar Association as a Media Pioneer, LULAC 402 Woman of the Year, Texas LULAC Woman of Distinction, Fiestas Patrias Distinguished Hispanic, Solo Mujeres Journalist of the Year, Mujer Legendaria by Empresarios Latinos, Outstanding Community Leader by the Sharpstown Rotary Club, also a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow, recognized as a Hero of Houston by Shell Oil for community work in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, APAHA Outstanding Community Partner, twice awarded the Star Award for Community Affairs Director by the Media Alliance of Houston, member of the Harris County Elections Hispanic Advisory Committee, APAHA Advisory Board, COH Citizenship Month Executive Committee, Aga Khan Southwest Advisory panel, Catholic Charities Advisory board, Houston Galveston Institute Counseling board, COH Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Board, and AAMA school board.

My last day is Friday, October 4th. I look forward to the next chapter of my journey and wish everyone at ABC13 the best!

Cisneros started with channel 13 as a reporter. She started her career at radio station in Jacksonville, TX. She then worked as a reporter at KLMG Longview and KBAK Bakersfield, California.

In 2012, she was promoted to Vice President of Community Affairs.

(Thanks Susan Farb Morris!)

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