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Sunday, September 03, 2023

Lena Arango leaves FOX 26 Houston

Lena Maria Arango left her FOX 26 KRIV Houston weekend morning meteorologist position after two years.

Gabby Hart leaves FOX 26 Houston

Aranago posted "some personal news" on her social media accounts:

"Two years ago, I picked up my life and moved over 2000 miles away to a city where I did not know a single soul. I was met by millions of Houstonians who embraced me with open arms, and to even begin to put into words what that has meant to me would simply be impossible.

This has truly been my favorite chapter of my life to date. When I got into Television, my dream was to make it to a top 10 market and I was able to do that. So it is time to begin a new chapter, filled with new dreams. My last day on air at FOX 26 Houston will be Sunday, September 24th.

While I will be bidding TV farewell, I love Htown way too much to leave! I am excited to announce that I have accepted a position at alliantgroup, LP beginning in October. 

I hope that you’ll continue to say hello and stop me for pictures when you see me out in the community! Thank you endlessly for welcoming me into your homes, trusting me with your forecast, and making me fall in love with Houston. It has truly been an honor!"

This is not the only departure for Houston TV this holiday weekend

Also, here is another former Houston TV meteorologist who also joined the alliantgroup after leaving the news biz.

Arango joined "FOX 26 News Weekend" in September 2021 with anchor Denise Middleton, forecasting the weather in English on TV and Spanish online. She also went with a more visual approach to the weather going makeup-free, using a lift in the studio to demonstrate storm surge and talked the Houston Astros sweep with an actual broom on TV.

Earlier this summer, she was on leave due to a back injury

Arango came from Western Mass News WGGB ABC40/FOX6 Springfield, Massachusetts where went by Lena Dziechowski going from freelance to full-time between 2020 to 2021.

"I went from the Number 114 market in the country to the Number 7 market," Arango told

This was a second career for Arango who previously worked in retail and hospitality.  She took an Intro to Meteorology class at Northern Essex Community College and was hooked. She transferred to the University of Massachusetts Lowell, earning both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Environmental Studies Atmospheric Sciences.

"Part of what I love about science is sharing my passion with others," she added. "I’m a minority female, so I’m always advocating for underrepresented groups. They often think that STEM is not reachable for them, so my goal is to present it in a way that is approachable and fun."

She interned with WFXT Boston 25 News.

(Thanks Shad)

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