Walt Maciborski - Anchor
While in Austin in the 90s, Walt was on the front lines of big national stories -- covering the devastating F-5 tornado that hit Jarrell, the massive Texas A&M... bonfire collapse and the Oklahoma City Bombing. Walt covered then Governor George W. Bush and his run for the White House.
He also had exclusive one on one interviews with Michael Dell and created a weekly tech segment in Austin called Click Here. Walt’s reporting earned him the Edward R. Murrow Award and several EMMY awards. But, the one award he is most proud of is the Barbara Jordan Award for his reports on Texans with disabilities. Walt joins KEYE TV from FOX 59 News in Indianapolis where he anchored the 5pm news and provided live coverage of Indiana Task Force 1 helping the victims of Superstorm Sandy and the Indianapolis 500.
He also worked in Dallas, Tampa and Atlanta. While in Atlanta he spent a month in Sydney, Australia covering the Olympics for NBC in 2000. Walt grew up in Southern California and graduated from the University of Southern California with a double major in broadcast journalism and political science. Walt began his journalism career in 1989 and served as a desk assistant and part-time assistant producer with ABC News and worked on stories for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings in Los Angeles, London and Washington, D.C. One of his highlights at ABC News was working with Peter Jennings in London on several stories.
Walt (whose last name is pronounced MAC-eh-bor-skee) met his wife Kim in Austin on a blind date and they got married in Austin. Their first child was born in Austin, their middle son loves Austin because his Mimi and Pops are here and their third son is named Austin. So Austin is home. In his free time you can find Walt at church, on the golf course, playing tennis or enjoying time with his family on Lake
Hema Mullur - Anchor
Hema is thrilled to be back in her home state of Texas!
Raised in Plano, Hema attended the University of Texas at Austin where she majored in Plan II Honors and Broadcast Journalism. Her career has taken her to Midland/Odessa, El Paso, and most recently Denver, CO. An Emmy award-winning reporter, Hema is looking forward to telling stories that impact the lives of Central Texans. Hema is a vegetarian and a foodie " two things many people dont see going hand-in-hand. You wont be surprised to see her out trying new restaurants in town, taking walks with her dog, or reading a good book. Shes a proud supporter of public libraries everywhere!
Chikage Windler - Chief Meteorologist
Chief Meteorologist Chikage (pronounced Chick-ha-gay) Windler joined the KEYE TV News Team in March of 2013, bringing 15 years of severe weather experience.
Chikage has major market and network television experience, appearing as a guest meteorologist on ABC's "Good Morning America" and "ABC World News."
But Chikage is no stranger to Texas. She spent two years in Dallas at Texas Cable News forecasting for all of Texas on their 24 hour statewide cable network. Chikage has also worked in Indianapolis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Boston, Washington, DC, and Norfolk, Virginia.
Chikage says she was inspired to pursue a career in meteorology because she grew up in the heart of tornado alley. She went to elementary school in Moore, Oklahoma, hit by some of the strongest tornadoes ever recorded. Her parents' neighborhood was in the track of the May 2013 EF-5.
Before television, Chikage chased tornadoes as part of the VORTEX-95 project at the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Oklahoma. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Meteorology and a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Oklahoma.
Chikage is an AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist and holds the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association Seals of Approval. She is an Emmy-Award winner for her weathercasting and has several Emmy nominations for her work in studio and out in the field.
Chikage is thrilled to call Austin home. You might even say it is destiny. She has a 6 year old daughter named ... AUSTEN! Chikage and her husband Jamie welcomed little sister Zailey into the world in 2012.
The most popular question Chikage answers is about her name. No, it's not a stage name! She is half Japanese and her name means "thousands of views or vistas."
Chikage loves visiting schools and taking part in events throughout the community. Email her if you'd like to schedule an appearance: email@example.com
Bob Ballou - Sports Director
Bob Ballou joined KEYE TV as Sports Director in August 2007.
Answer to your first question: Yes. Bob Ballou is his real name. He has to show his driver's license as proof all the time.
Bob arrives in Austin from San Antonio where he worked at the CBS affiliate. Prior to that, he worked in Columbia, Missouri.
Bob attended the University of Missouri and proudly graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism.
However, he is originally from Dallas and his roots run deep in Texas sports. His parents attended the University of Texas and raised him with Longhorn ties (literally - they bought him burnt orange ties; figuratively - they passed on their trait of bleeding burnt orange).
Don't be fooled though - his mom is NOT "Cat Ballou". She's better looking.
Ballou won the 2010 Texas Associated Press Award for Best Sportscast. He won the same award in 2006. He is extremely excited about getting involved in church, charity and of course the sports world surrounding Austin. Bob enjoys playing and watching any and all sports - though his golf game could really use some work.
Chris Saldaña - Anchor
Chris Saldaña is a two time Emmy award winning journalist. Born and raised a Military Brat, he is from the small border town of Del Rio. Chris studied in Brisbane, Australia, and Salamanca, Spain, before graduating from The University of Texas at San Antonio.
Spending time with his niece and nephew, Isabella Rebecca and Mark Enrique who live in New York, is a priority for him. A huge sports fan, Chris enjoys working out, meeting people, and playing softball.
Before We are Austin, Chris was in Las Vegas for the last ten years working at the local CBS affiliate. He enjoys giving back to his community, and has been active with the Latin Chamber of Commerce, The Human Rights Campaign(HRC), The Gay & Lesbian Center of Southern Nevada, to name a few.
A social media freak, you can always find him on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.
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Allison Miller - Meteorologist/Anchor
Join Emmy award winning, Meteorologist Allison Miller, anchoring on KEYE-TV Morning News weekdays from 4:30am-7am.
Before coming to Austin, Allison worked in her home town of Phoenix, Arizona at KNXV ABC15, as a multi-media meteorologist and journalist. She received her B.S. in Atmospheric Science from Arizona State University and is a member of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association.
When Allison is not at the station, you can find her exploring Central Texas with her new baby, husband, and their adopted pets.
She has also grown up dancing since the age of 2, learning and performing many styles. There's a good chance you'll see her out 2-steppin' or salsa dancing. She teaches fitness/dance classes at Pure Austin and at the Northwest YMCA.
Allison loves to connect with viewers on social media. 'Like' her on Facebook (Allison Miller KEYETV) and Twitter/Instagram/Periscope/Pinterest (@Millerbars) to stay in touch.
Jordan Steele - Anchor/Reporter
Jordan Steele is proud to call Austin home. He brings an energetic spark to KEYE TV along with several years of forecasting experience.
Jordan comes to us from the Pacific Northwest where he took on the challenge of micro-casting major snow storms, floods, Pacific coastal wind storms and even the Tsunami from 2011. Jordan was actually praised by the mayor of Florence, Ore. for helping divert the public from the coastal communities to shelters before the wave hit Oregon. After just one year in Oregon, he was awarded the Best Weathercast category by the Associated Press. Although he loved what Oregon had to offer, he knew he needed to dive into some severe weather. That's what Texas is all about, right? You can catch Jordan Steele every Saturday and Sunday on our weekend newscasts right here at KEYE TV.
Want to get to know Jordan on a personal level? Heres something neat: In 2006, he was called up on the Price Is Right with Bob Barker. He played a grocery game and won a trip to Portugal. Once you get to know Jordan youll understand why he did it. Hes all about life experiences. If you can think of it, hes probably done it. Jordan is a big enthusiast about getting people outside. That's one of the main reasons he moved here -- the outdoor life. Hes beginning to explore the newest water sport to hit Lake Travis " Flyboarding. He has done everything from backpacking and camping, to snowboarding, surfing, fishing and even the extreme sports; sky-diving, bungee jumping, etc. Jordan loves connecting with our viewers and with the community.
Find him on Twitter, Facebook or just shoot him an e-mail.
Chrisdyann Uribe - Anchor/Reporter
Chrisdyann Uribe is no stranger to covering Texas roads. She joins KEYE-TV as a traffic anchor and reporter from our sister station in El Paso, Texas. There she was also a traffic anchor monitoring the roads in both Texas and New Mexico. During her time in the Borderland she was nominated for Best Reporter and Best TV Newscast under 40 by various magazine outlets.
She is a graduate from Texas State University with a major in Electronic Media and a minor in Media Studies. She anchored and reported for the weekly live news show Bobcat Update and was awarded third place for Best TV Audition Tape by the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association.
Chrisdyann is thrilled to be back in Central Texas as she is a fan of the green outdoors, rivers and lakes, food and all things healthy. You can catch her running trails, zip lining, taking a dip in Barton Creek and soon hopefully sky-diving.
Our new Traffic Anchor is pumped to bring you way to get around the roadways as stress-free as possible. She is traffic-obsessed and saod she is ready to tackle commuter issues.
If you know of any car wrecks or slow traffic in the area, you can send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ericka Miller - Anchor/Reporter
Growing up, Ericka Miller traveled the country showing Quarter Horses and spent a lot of time in Texas. Now she's back in the Lone Star State anchoring the news every Saturday and Sunday night.
Ericka grew up on a horse farm in northern Iowa. After graduation, she headed south -- way south -- to sunny Miami, Florida. At the University of Miami, Ericka majored in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science. She was a member of the Delta, Delta, Delta Sorority, worked for the campus TV station and rowed on the women's crew team.
After four years at "The U", Ericka found her first job at KAAL-TV in Rochester, Minnesota. For the next six years, she climbed the ladder from reporter to main anchor. There she covered major stories like the collapse of the 35W bridge in Minneapolis and the Republican National Convention. She also had a chance to travel to California with a group of local educators to see recruits in all stages of training with United States Marine Corps. Ericka's series of special reports earned her an Emmy nomination as well as top honors from the Minnesota Associated Press.
In 2011, Ericka took over the Weekend Anchor position in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. During her two years at WXII-12, Ericka says her most interesting story was covering the John Edwards campaign finance trial. For weeks on end, she spent eight hours a day in court with news media from across the country.
When Ericka isn't bringing you the news, she loves spending time with family, especially her twin nephews Jake and Ben! She loves to run, cook, read, and watch sports (especially the Miami Hurricanes!) She's excited to get out and explore Austin and all her new home has to offer!
Juliette Dryer - Reporter
Juliette Dryer joined KEYE-TV in January 2015 and is thrilled to call Central Texas her new home.
Juliette comes to Austin from KRCG 13, the CBS affiliate serving Jefferson City and Columbia, Missouri. During her time in mid-Missouri, Juliette did it all; report, produce and anchor. One of the highlights of Juliette's career is a sit-down interview with an American Ebola survivor, conducted shortly after the woman's release from quarantine.
A Philadelphia native and Penn State University alumna, Juliette maintains her Philly and Nittany Lion pride (sorry Cowboys and UT fans!). She is also obsessed with her dog, Maya.
If you have suggestions on places to eat or things to do in Austin, send them Juliette's way!
Adela Uchida - Anchor/Reporter
Adela Uchida joined KEYE-TV as an anchor and reporter in January 2015. She comes to Austin from Houston, where she was Emmy nominated for her reporting on the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011. She also won the National Journalism Award in 2013 from the Asian American Journalists Association for her story on the aftermath of the BP oil spill.
Outside of work, Adela is a mother to an adorable little girl, an avid runner and sometimes dabbles in cycling. She is frustratingly close to Boston qualifying time in the marathon and has a mean flip turn in the pool, which means a triathlon is somewhere in the future.
Before coming to Texas, Adela was an anchor in Michigan and a reporter in Colorado and Arizona. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in broadcast journalism and an emphasis in political science. Adela and her family live in Austin, along with two rescue cats.
Collin Myers - Meteorologist
Join Meteorologist Collin Myers on KEYE-TV News, Weekends at 5:30, 6, and 10:00PM.
Collin has had a passion for severe weather for a majority of his life-from watching thunderstorms at an early age-growing up in Kansas City, to chasing large Tornado outbreaks, while still in college. He even recalls instances in college, while in the company of friends, where they decided to chase large thunderstorms across 4 states in the Southeast, and return the following day for exams.
Collin is an active Member of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. Before even receiving his diploma from the University of Oklahoma in 2014, he began his first on-air job as a weekday meteorologist in the heart of Tornado Alley. After a year of wild, violent weather in the central plains, Collin has experienced first-hand the importance of relaying immediate warnings to the public-through live broadcast and also emerging social media. When possible, he still likes to track supercells and chase large thunderstorms. In April, May and June of 2015, prior to arriving at KEYE, He chased several large tornadoes in the plains of Kansas, while also working as a Morning TV Meteorologist, in a crazy weather market-in the High plains.
When Collin isn’t on the air, or in the crowd at a stadium or arena, he is most likely watching college or professional sports-or chasing after active weather-his passion. He also spends free time at the gym, lifting weights, or playing golf. He follows the PGA, and watches the Masters Tournament religiously.
Collin loves interacting with viewers on social media! He follows Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram the most!
Adam Winkler - Anchor/Reporter
Adam Winkler's TV career has gone South, and he's perfectly fine with it.
After spending three years with KWTX, the top-rated station in Waco, Adam headed 100 miles down Interstate 35 to join the KEYE-TV sports team in June of 2010. However, this isn't the first time he has called the Austin area home. Adam received his Communication Studies degree from Southwestern University in Georgetown. While at SU, he played baseball for legendary head coach Jim Mallon. Adam helped the Pirates reach the conference title game four straight years, including 2002, when Southwestern defeated Trinity to win the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championship. In 2014, Winkler was named Southwestern University’s Distinguished Young Alumnus of the Year.
After graduating from Southwestern, Adam started his career at KNOE in Monroe, Louisiana. From 2004 to 2007 he covered Louisiana Tech, UL-Monroe, Grambling, LSU and the Saints before making his way back to the Lone Star State.
The Texas Associated Press Broadcasters has honored Adam nine times. He was voted Best Sports Anchor in 2014. He’s won the award for Best Sports Story in 2014, 2013 and 2009, and has also received First Place honors in the category of Best Sportscast and Best Sports Special. In all, Winkler has been honored with eleven Associated Press Broadcasters awards in Texas and Louisiana, seven of those are of the first place variety.
In 2014, Adam was the recipient of the prestigious Barbara Jordan Media Award. Each year the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities recognizes journalists who produce material that accurately and positively reports on individuals with disabilities, using People First language and respectful depictions. Adam won the award for his story on Francisca Mardones, a world-class wheelchair tennis player, who trains in Austin. Winkler's story was the only TV feature to win the Barbara Jordan Media Award in 2014.
Adam is also a two-time Emmy nominee. In 2013, he was one of only three journalists recognized by the Lone Star EMMY chapter in the category of On Camera Talent: Sports Reporter. His feature Sidelines & Bloodlines: The Hoffman Family Football Story was nominated for a 2010 Lone Star EMMY Award.
Since arriving at KEYE TV, Adam has traveled to Berea, Ohio to cover Colt McCoy's rookie training camp with the Cleveland Browns, Lincoln, Nebraska for the Longhorns' final Big 12 football game against the Huskers, Houston for the 2011 Men's NCAA Final Four, Pasadena, California for UT's first game at the Rose Bowl since playing in the 2009 BCS national championship, New Orleans for events surrounding Super Bowl XLVII, Surprise, Arizona for Texas Rangers spring training and Omaha for the 2014 College World Series. However, his memorable assignments are not limited to sports. Adam reported LIVE from West, Texas on the morning of April 18th following the town's deadly fertilizer plant explosion.
During his time in Waco, Adam was courtside at Madison Square Garden for Baylor's historic trip to the 2009 Men's NIT Final Four. He also covered the 2010 NCAA Women's Final Four, the first regular season game in Cowboys Stadium, multiple Big 12 tournaments, and was in College Station for the five overtime game between Baylor and Texas A&M in 2008.
Adam is the proud father of a Dorkie (a mix of Dachshund and Yorkie) named Oscar. When he's not busy trying to convince Oscar that the squirrel always wins, Adam enjoys playing golf and following Houston Astros baseball. If he’s watching the ‘Stros with an ice pack on his shoulder, it’s because Adam plays on a championship co-ed dodgeball team (despite his right arm telling him to hang it up).
Sarah Navoy - Reporter
Sarah Navoy is used to the hot and humid weather in Central Texas. She grew up just outside of New Orleans, and is a proud LSU grad. She joined KEYE-TV in July 2015.
Sarah’s award-winning reporting career began in Central Washington. Sarah fell in love with the beauty and people of the Northwest where she covered devastating wildfires and government corruption. Sarah also spent two years in North Alabama where she often covered a different type of natural disaster, tornadoes. In Huntsville, Sarah won an Associated Press award for a feature story about the ‘tiny house’ movement and for an investigative piece uncovering police brutality.
When she isn’t reporting, you can find Sarah around town trying all of the awesome restaurants Austin has to offer. She also enjoys hiking and the outdoors. Don’t hesitate to say hello if you see her!
If you have a story idea, send it Sarah’s way.
Camila Bernal - Reporter
Camila Bernal joined KEYE-TV/Telemundo Austin in August of 2015.
Prior to moving to Austin, Camila was a reporter and anchor at KMID in Midland, Texas. During her time there, she focused much of her reporting on the oil and gas industry.
Before her move to West Texas, Camila lived in South Florida, where she worked as a digital producer for WTVJ and a weekend producer NBC Latino. Camila covered a range of stories including politics, immigration, education and lifestyle.
During the 2012 elections, Camila was part of the special production team at Telemundo Network. She later worked as an associate producer and web producer for the network.
Camila also developed her journalism skills through opportunities at The Miami Herald, WLRN/NPR and The New York Times Journalism Institute.
Camila graduated from Florida International University with a bachelor of science in mass communication, a concentration in journalism and a minor in international relations. While in school, she was a reporter for the South Florida News Service, covering community news for The Miami Herald, The Sun Sentinel and The Palm Beach Post.
She is a Colombian native, whose love for news began at a very young age.
On her free time, Camila enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her friends and family.
Adam Hammons - Reporter
Adam Hammons joined KEYE TV as a Multimedia Journalist in January, 2015. He comes from Waco where he was the weekend anchor and reported on the West fertilizer plant explosion and the 2014 Fort Hood shooting.
Adam may have been born in Missouri, but Texas has always been close to home. He lived in Fort Worth for three years when he was little, and so he's a big Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers fan. When he's not watching those sports on his days off, he likes to golf and run. He has a goal of qualifying for the 2018 Boston Marathon with his dad and sister, but is still working on that first marathon.
Adam's home town is Stockton, Missouri, a town of 2,000 people. He really enjoys getting to know more small towns and also experiencing a city like Austin.
Lindsay Liepman - Reporter
Lindsay Liepman is an EMMY Award-Winning Anchor and Reporter whose career has spanned more than a decade and taken her across the country and back. She began her career at KBTX-TV in Bryan/College Station, Texas. It’s the home of her alma mater Texas A&M University where she graduated with a degree in Journalism. She moved on as the Main Anchor of WSHM-TV in Springfield, Massachusetts and launched the first local CBS affiliate in Western Mass. The sand and sun of Southwest Florida came calling and Lindsay spent six years as an Anchor/Reporter at WINK-TV in Ft. Myers, Florida. It was there that Lindsay earned an EMMY Award for crime reporting, an Edward R. Murrow Award and was recognized for her work by the Society of Professional Journalists. New England was Lindsay’s next stop as an Anchor/Reporter at WMTW-TV in Portland, Maine.
Some of Lindsay’s favorite stories include anchoring several hours of special coverage for the final launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis from Cape Canaveral, Florida and reporting from President George H.W. Bush’s skydive at his 80th Birthday in College Station, Texas and again for his 90th Birthday in Kennebunkport, Maine. Her story, “Witness Test” exposed the inconsistencies in witness statements to police. Lindsay was raised in Mexia, Texas and is glad her three boys are around family and friends who live in the Austin area. If you have a story idea or just want to say "howdy", email Lindsay at email@example.com or reach out on twitter.
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Taylor Ellison - We Are Austin
Taylor Ellison is a born and raised Austinite and excited to join the We Are Austin team. After graduating from the University of Texas, Taylor moved to Washington, D.C. to join Teach for America. While in Washington, she taught 8th grade at KIPP WILL Academy. Returning to Austin to attend the LBJ School of Public Affairs, Taylor then worked as an entertainment reporter covering culture, entertainment, and lifestyle across the city. Happily back in her hometown, Taylor spends her days doing what she loves most, trying to help others enjoy a city that has brought her so much joy through the years.
While not at the studio, Taylor spends her time listening to live music and enjoying the array of eclectic restaurants and bars that make Austin so special. An ideal day for her is spending the afternoon at Barton Springs followed by a walk down South Congress, a pit stop for some chips and queso, and then some live music at the one and only Continental Club. If you've got questions about Austin or want recommendations for exploring the city straight from a local, give her a shout! Facebook, Twitter, or Email.
Taylor would love to hear from you.
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Nadia Galindo - Reporter
Nadia Galindo joined KEYE-TV in January 2015 as a General Assignment Reporter and is excited to engage with the Austin community to uncover stories that matter.
Born and raised in Plano, this is her first time living in the Capitol City. Nadia started her journalism career in Waco, TX at KWTX as a Multimedia Journalist, which means she shot, wrote, and edited her own stories.
It wasn’t long before a job on the U.S.-Mexico border came calling.
In March 2012 Nadia traveled south to McAllen, TX to join KGBT-TV as a Multimedia Journalist.
While in the Rio Grande Valley, Nadia covered an array of border issues including drug and human smuggling, political corruption and immigration. During the Summer of 2014, Nadia’s extensive coverage of the surge of Central American immigrant families and unaccompanied children illegally crossing into the Valley garnered national attention. Before breaking into the news business, Nadia received her Journalism degree at the University of North Texas Mayborn School of Journalism.
When she’s not watching the Cowboy’s play, Nadia spends most of her free time exploring Austin with her 5 year-old daughter Deja. A former dog/cat groomer, Nadia is also a proud pet parent of a cat named Kristoff (Guess where Deja got the name) and a beta fish named Purple.
Nadia is very happy to call Austin her home.
Melanie Torre - Reporter
With burnt orange in her veins, Melanie is thrilled to be back in Longhorn country.
Melanie Torre joined the KEYE-TV News team in September of 2014. Before reporting for KEYE, Melanie reported, produced and anchored for KLTV 7 in Tyler, Texas. In Tyler, Melanie specialized in investigative, court and crime reporting. In 2014, the Lonestar Emmy Association awarded Melanie with the EMMA Award for Investigative Reporting.
Melanie is no stranger to Central Texas. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in broadcast journalism. While at UT, Melanie served as the news director for Texas Student Television, the universitys student-run TV station. Under her leadership, TSTV was awarded Best College Newscast in Texas and Oklahoma by the Society of Professional Journalists.
Melanie is no stranger to KEYE-TV, either. In 2010, Melanie became the stations first on-air intern. For six months, she pitched, wrote, shot and edited her own stories for their 4 p.m. show, "Austin Live."
Melanie loves spicy food, traveling, Texas football and Texas country music. She also likes to meet new people and hear their stories. If you ever see her around, don't hesitate to introduce yourself. If you have a story you'd like Melanie to tell, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Fred Cantu - Reporter
Fred Cantu, aka Uncle Fred, tied with KEYE TV's former anchor Judy Maggio for Best TV Anchor in the 2012 Austin Chronicle annual readers' poll, adding to his Best TV Anchor honors from 2003-2006.
Fred has been a fixture on the Austin airwaves since 1980 and marks more than 40 years in the broadcast business. He has been recognized by his peers with a nomination to the Texas Radio Hall of Fame and a first place award from the Texas Associated Press for his TV news feature reporting.
Fred is a Valley boy, born and raised in Brownsville. He's also a UT graduate and a notorious gadget head. His hobbies include DIY projects, home electronics, foreign television, travel, pop music and show tunes.
Fred is a family man. If he isn't at work, he's at home with his wife of 39 years or he's on the computer with his 20,000+ social media friends, fans and followers.
Bettie Cross - Anchor
Bettie Cross was born and raised in Texas and loves living in Austin. She says she made a mistake many years ago when she left Texas for an anchoring job in Des Moines, Iowa. She and her husband could not wait to get back. They learned during those three years how important it is to be near family and friends and how much they love everything about Texas.
Bettie holds a degree in political science from the University of Texas at San Antonio. In college, she thought she wanted to specialize in political reporting, but later realized she was even more interested in covering crime, trials and consumer news.
Bettie has spent 20 years covering news in Texas and has had the privilege of covering many stories that had a big impact on the state. One that stands out to her is covering the 51-day Branch Davidian standoff near Waco from start to finish. She also enjoyed the challenge of covering the Pope's visit to San Antonio and both of Kenneth McDuff's capital murder trials. She was selected "Texas AP Reporter of the Year" in 1995 and has won several Associated Press awards for breaking news coverage.
Bettie's son, Tanner, has to be the most photographed child in Texas. She can take an entire roll of film of him eating dinner! Okay, it may not be THAT bad, but she averages taking a roll of film a week. Bettie also loves to scrapbook those photos. She gets together with friends once a month for "Midnight Madness," when they talk, eat and work on their scrapbooks from 6pm to midnight at a local scrapbook store. Bettie says she knows it sounds crazy, but swears it's a blast!
Daniel Morales - Anchor
Before graduating with a double degree in journalism and radio and television production from the University of Houston in mid-1999, Daniel Morales was already working as a reporter for The Galveston County Daily News, Texas oldest newspaper. Shortly after, Daniel completed an internship at Telemundo Houston, where he sought to learn all aspects of television production, such as photography, editing and broadcast news writing and reporting, eventually taking on a range of positions such as news writer and assignments editor.
In 2000, he was promoted to the position of forecaster and in June 2001, he was the only Spanish-language broadcaster to remain on-air during Allison, the worst tropical storm in the history of the U. S. He then decided to expand his knowledge in the field of meteorology through Mississippi State Universitys Broadcast Meteorology Program and upon graduation, he became the first meteorologist ever in Spanish-language television in the Houston TV market.
Subsequently, he worked as a reporter, video journalist and anchor, garnering many awards, including half-a-dozen Emmys and a national Promax for a public affairs campaign.
During more than a decade as a broadcaster, Daniel has covered stories big and small; from the plight of undocumented immigrants to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, from the historic 2008 presidential election to the 2012 London Olympics, from the Great Recession and the foreclosure crisis to the realized hopes of the Dreamers. He has also traveled all over the state, producing dozens of stories on tourist spots. This is how he fell in love with the Hill Country, an area he got to know very well from the seat of his motorcycle. His love of wine and BBQ also helped.
In addition, Daniel is an avid backpacker and an accomplished still photographer, whose work has been showcased at the State Fair of Texas.
He is a native of Chile, from where he moved to the U. S. in 1993.
Lydia Pantazes - Reporter
Named one of the 20 most Inspirational Latinos on the central coast of California by Latino Today Magazine, Lydia Pantazes is excited to call Austin her new home.
"I'm so grateful to be in Austin and everyone here has made me feel at home."
She joined the KEYE-TV and Telemundo Austin Team in June 2011 reporting in both English and Spanish.
Lydia grew up in National City, California and graduated from UC Santa Barbara with bachelor's degrees in both English and Spanish Literature.
Lydia began her career in Santa Barbara as a Spanish radio news reporter and appeared on "Inside Santa Barbara" and its Spanish counterpart "Nuestra Cuidad". After more than a year, she moved back to San Diego where she worked as a writer for KUSI-TV. In 2001, she started working as a news reporter for KCOY-TV and KKFX FOX 11 covering the Central Coast of California.
Lydia is very involved in organizations that help people with developmental disabilities. It's a cause that's close to her heart because her sister has Down Syndrome. She has been a volunteer with Special Olympics since she was a child and served on the board for VTC enterprises, an organization in California that provides various services to people with disabilities. Among her proudest accomplishments are helping the organization raise 3.9 million dollars to build a new facility.
In 2001, Lydia was the first local television reporter to earn the Santa Barbara County Farm Bureau and California State Farm Bureau "Media Person of the Year" award. In 2003, Lydia won a Radio and TV News Association for her spot news coverage of a shark attack in Avila Beach, and in 2009 won an RTNA award for her best News Special for a half hour cooking segment she produced and hosted featuring various restaurants. She also won an Associated Press Radio & Television News Association award for her feature reporting in 2002 and is also an Emmy award nominee.
Adam Racusin - Reporter
A Los Angeles transplant, Adam is proud to call Austin his home.
Prior to moving to Austin, Adam broke stories on crime, government waste and politics in Omaha, Neb. He was a reporter and fill-in anchor there for two years.
The California native has also worked in Santa Barbara, Calif., and Billings, Mont.
His reports have taken him across the country and allowed him to tour Neverland Ranch, show the devastation after the Joplin tornado, cover the Olympic Swim Trials, College World Series, NCAA Tournament, and chase Tornadoes and Blizzards.
Before finding his passion in news, Adam worked as a programming assistant at the world famous "KROQ" radio station in Los Angeles and as a phone screener on the nationally syndicated radio show, "Loveline." There Adam was able to cover red carpet events at the MTV Movie Awards and the Grammys.
Adam graduated from Cal State University, Northridge with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.
In his spare time you can find Adam roaming around Texas with his camera, attending a concert or hanging out with his cats, Seven and Dexter.
Have a story idea, feel free to shoot it his way. Adam's always looking for the next tip!
Alex Boyer - Reporter
Alex Boyer joined KEYE TV in December 2012 as an investigative reporter and fill-in anchor. Alex is a seasoned journalist, having worked in the communication's industry for more than a decade.
Alex comes to the Lone Star state from Fort Myers, FL, where he worked as the senior reporter and weekend anchor for WBBH/WZVN. Alex initially moved to Southwest Florida to be closer to his parents who had recently retired there from Miami.
Alex began his broadcasting career in Springfield, MA, where he worked as a Hispanic affairs reporter for WGGB News 40.
It wasn't long before Alex was lured away to a much larger news market -- hired as a reporter for the NBC-owned and operated station (WVIT) in Hartford, CT. During his two years in Connecticut, Alex covered the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City and the fatal club fire in Rhode Island. Not to mention numerous snow storms!
In 2004 Alex returned home to Miami where he worked as a reporter and weekend morning anchor for the ABC affiliate -- WPLG Local10. During his first year back in Miami, Alex lived through " and covered " Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma.
Alex was named one of Miami best-dressed reporters by The Miami Herald and also became the Miami-based entertainment correspondent for the LATV network.
Alex earned dual bachelor's degree in Telecommunication News and Sociology from the University of Florida. He also has a degree in Media Law from Yale University.
When not working a story, Alex enjoys yoga, pilates, movies and spending time with friends and his dog named Xander.
If you have a story idea you'd like Alex to look into, feel free to contact him on Facebook, Twitter, via email or call 512-490-2174.
Kiana Rios - Reporter
Kiana Rios joined Telemundo Austin in October 2013.
Kiana studied communication and languages at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. It was there where she began her experience in television for two years. Kiana took the roles of technical director, producer, reporter and meteorologist.
Kiana began his professional career at Telemundo 20 in Midland. As part of its work, Kiana hosted events and worked as announcer on the radio. As a journalist Kiana believes this is a role that should be taken with a lot of responsibility and respect. Her commitment and satisfaction is to serve its Hispanic community.
Kiana was born in the beautiful Island of Puerto Rico.
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Kristine Frazao - Reporter
Kristine Frazao is an Emmy award winning journalist, with more than a decade of on-air experience. As the National Correspondent for Sinclair Broadcast Group, Kristine
reports on the top political stories of the day along with investigative reports on government waste, fraud and abuse.
Prior to joining the Sinclair news team, Kristine was the White House Correspondent for RT America. She covered the 2010 and 2012 elections both on the road and in Washington, and anchored nightly newscasts on RT for three years as well. Also during her time at RT, she reported extensively on the impact of hydraulic fracturing or fracking in Pennsylvania, as well as the tragic rate of teen suicide on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
Kristine was born and raised in San Diego, CA, where she also worked for four years as a general assignment reporter, working for the Fox affiliate (XETV) as well as the NBC affiliate (KNSD) where she received an Emmy for coverage of the Wildfires of 2007.
She got her on-air start working in beautiful Savannah, GA at WJCL/WTGS, where she worked as the political reporter, covering City Council and County Commission. She also traveled to Gulfport, Mississippi to cover the damage and devastation from Hurricane Katrina.
Kristine loves living in the Washington, DC. area and covering politics. She spends her free time traveling, reading and going on adventures with her black lab , Chomsky.
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Sheila Gray - Special Correspondent
Special Correspondent Sheila Gray reports on issues affecting women and families in Sinclair Broadcast Groups Family 411 reports.
Sheila is a native of Columbus, Ohio and studied at the prestigious Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, graduating Magna Cum Laude.
She began her career in Charleston, West Virginia, eventually being named the 6 & 11 p.m. anchor at WSAZ-TV. She was recognized by the West Virginia Associated Press for her reporting.
Sheilas next stop was Cincinnati, Ohio, where she co-hosted the Fox 19 Morning News.
She is happy that her alarm is no longer sounding at 2:30 a.m. and is looking forward to this new chapter in her career, and a new broadcasting family with Sinclair.
Sheila and her husband Ric are the parents of four children, Kasey, Kari, Katie, and Kari.
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