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Doris Childress

As a journalist and TV Host, she has won several national and international awards. Childress served as host for the Emmy Award-winning WeekDay and Weeknight Edition shows on Houston PBS from 1995 to 2002. In 2007 she took over the anchor chair for Houston Public Media’s the connection Public Affairs show. She hosted and produced Texas’ only statewide legislative show –the Capitol Report. In the spirit of PBS, Childress has produced several documentaries covering local and international issues. Her documentary work has taken her abroad to such destinations as Israel, Zurich, and Taiwan. In 1994 Childress graduated from the University of North Texas, receiving her Master of Arts in television and film. The documentary film became her area of concentrated study. As a skilled journalist, she interviewed prominent newsmakers such as Colin Powell, Bill Moyers, President Bush, President Carter, and the Vice President of Taiwan –Annette Lu, to name a few. Before her PBS career, she served as a reporter/anchor for the Central Texas CBS affiliate-KBTX. While at KBTX, Childress became the featured reporter for the station’s Nightside Report. KDFW in Dallas, Texas, was the starting ground for her television career. In her years of broadcasting experience, Childress has received such broadcasting awards as The National Gracie Award, the Academy of Arts and Science Television Regional Emmy Award, the International Telly Award, PBS-SECA, Dallas Press Club, The Communicator Award ( TV) , Houston Press Club Awards, and numerous community acknowledgments. Her 2000 AWRT National Gracie recognition named Childress -Outstanding Anchor representing major markets nationally.

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Brandon Hamilton

Brandon Hamilton is an anchor/reporter at ABC13. His work experience includes reporting and anchoring in Houston, Waco and Charlotte, N.C. His career started in Orlando, Fla., working for WDBO as a reporter and web producer and for the NBA’s Orlando Magic. 
Brandon is also a graduate of Texas Southern University, receiving his master’s degree in communication in 2017. At TSU, he volunteered at KTSU and the athletics department. 
He’s covered international stories, including the murder of Houston-native Vanessa Guillen on Fort Hood (now Fort Cavazos) and the death of Shanquella Robinson in Mexico.

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Nate Griffin

Nate Griffin, a familiar name in Houston sports, currently serves as general assignments reporter and sports analyst for KRIV-TV, assigned to FOX 26 Morning News. Before landing his current position, Nate covered professional, college and high school sports in Houston and the surrounding areas for more than 25 years in radio, television and on digital platforms. His career began in Houston radio in 1989 as producer, weekday reporter, and anchor at KTRH 740AM. Nate wore many other hats during that time such as college basketball public address announcer and radio & TV color analyst for high school and college football and basketball broadcasts. That experience eventually led to a weekday reporter/weekend anchor position at KBMT-TV, ABC, in Beaumont, Texas. Along with his other responsibilities as college football and basketball color analyst with regional and national TV networks, he worked as a web reporter for the Houston Texans. The former Southern Mississippi wide receiver is currently in his 12th season as the color analyst for Rice Owls radio football broadcasts. Nate is married and has one daughter.

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Butch Alsandor

Butch Alsandor is an award winning Sportscaster who has more than 35 years of experience covering major sporting events. Currently he is the play by play voice for Texas Southern University’s football and basketball TV games on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. He also does play by play work for SWAC Football on the ESPN family of Networks and is a Fill-in Host for the Rockets and Astros Pre/Post Game Shows on AT&T SportsNet Sw.
Butch also does media consulting, motivational speaking and is an emcee for events in and around the Houston area. One thing he really enjoys is mentoring aspiring television journalist.
Alsandor has worked in a top ten market for 28 years, reporting from Super Bowls, the NBA Finals, the World Series and numerous NBA and MLB All-Star games. From 2009 to 2013, he was the Weekday Sports Anchor at KHOU (CBS) in Houston.  His career gave him the opportunity to meet three U.S. Presidents, along with being the only Houston Sportscaster to secure a one on one interview with former First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House.
During his career he was a recipient of the Best Sports Feature Award from the Houston Press Club and the Distinguished Service Award from the Greater Houston Football Coaches Association. Also, the Associated Press awarded him the Best Sportscaster and Best Sports Feature awards when he worked in Louisiana.
Always a firm believer in community service, Alsandor has served on several Boards in Houston. He is a former Board Member and Executive Committee member at the Lighthouse of Houston.  He also volunteers with the Wade Smith Foundation, stressing the importance of reading to young kids in and around the greater Houston area. 
Alsandor grew up in Opelousas, La. and attended Opelousas Catholic School where he was an All-State football player both his junior and senior years, earning a scholarship to McNeese State.  After lettering three years on the Cowboys football team, he graduated with a degree in Radio and TV Broadcasting.

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Kim Gagne

Kim Gagné is a veteran news, talk, reality, and court TV show producer who earned two Daytime Emmy Awards for NBC and ENDEMOL’S hit daytime talk show Steve Harvey in the category of “Outstanding Talk Show: Informative.” In addition, she is also a double Telly Award and Lone Star Emmy Award Winner.

​Kim is an accomplished development consultant/producer on television talk show pilots, startups, and reality series. She has created, developed, and pitched series ideas to network executives for primetime television, and has been one of the driving forces behind some of Houston’s hottest shows and other well-known syndicated shows, including City Under Siege (FOX-TV), Great Day Houston (CBS-KHOU), Texas Justice (Twentieth Television/FOX-TV), The Steve Harvey Project (BET/CENTRIC), and The Steve Harvey Show (NBC/ENDEMOL). She has also produced short documentaries and acted as 1st and 2nd AD on national commercials for Toyota, Miller Beer, AARP, Invisalign, Neom, and more.

In addition to producing television, Kim was the Executive Producer for Harvey’s State Farm Neighborhood Awards for six years where she honed her craft as a live event showrunner. Her outstanding leadership and communication skills, as well as her successful track record, have kept her on the shortlist when companies need a powerful, get-the-job-done production manager for concerts, award shows, non-profit events, or festivals.

Kim also created a boutique production and public relations firm, Maxthatcommunications, LLC where she managed campaigns for clients and brands such as Beyonce’s BeyGOOD Charity, Steve Harvey, tennis legend Zina Garrison, actress Lynn Whitfield, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Jack Yates/George Floyd Family, Amazing 102.5 FM, Yolanda Adams, Winston Contemporary Art, Celebrity Chefs, Michael Gabriel, Jake Smollett, and multiple non-profit organizations.

Kim was named one of Houston’s Top 30 Influential Women and has been featured in many articles and news stories on female producers and entrepreneurs. She has been awarded Congressional honors and given her own proclamation declaring, May 16th “Kim Gagné Day” in the City of Houston. In addition to her media endeavors, Kim also published her first book, How To Win: My Life In Television.

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Moriah Ballard

Moriah Ballard joined the KPRC 2 digital team in the fall of 2021. Prior to becoming a digital content producer in Southeast Texas and a Houstonian, Moriah was an award-winning radio host in her hometown of Lorain, Ohio, and previously worked as a producer/content creator in Cleveland. Her faith, family, and community are her top passions.

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Jose Griñán

Broadcast journalist José Griñán was born on July 24, 1952 in Tampa, Florida. His father was a native Cuban; his mother, a first generation Cuban-American. Griñán studied speech and theatre at the University of South Florida, but his interest in broadcasting resulted from his filming and helping to produce documentaries for the U.S. Army.
In 1975, Griñán was hired as a reporter and weekend anchor for KTSM AM-FM-TV in El Paso, Texas. From 1978 to 1982, he worked as a news reporter and anchor for Miami, Florida’s WCKT-TV (now WSVN-TV). Griñán worked as a news anchor for the now defunct Satellite News Channel in 1982 and 1983, before being hired by WTVJ-TV in Miami in 1984, where he stayed until 1990. From 1990 to 1993, he was a correspondent/host for Crime Watch Tonight, and served as a freelance correspondent and researcher for CNN, and other broadcast services. In 1991, he anchored and reported for KDFW-TV in Dallas, Texas, and then, in August of 1993, Griñán joined FOX’s KRIV-TV in Houston, Texas, where he is the senior morning news anchor for the 6:00 a.m., 7:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m. and 12 noon newscasts.
Throughout his career, Griñán has covered major events of all types, including floods, hurricanes, the sewer explosion in Guadalajara, Mexico, and the Branch Davidian siege in Waco, Texas, where he was one of the first reporters on the scene. In addition, Griñán has produced a variety of special series reports, and has hosted two public affairs programs for KRIV-TV: “The Black Voice” and “Hola Houston.”
Griñán has been active in the community and has served as a volunteer for the National Kidney Foundation, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Special Olympics and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, among others. Griñán is also a board member of the Dive Pirate Foundation, the Houston READ Commission, and Keep Houston Beautiful/Clean City America.
Griñán has been a member of the National Association of Black Journalists since 1978, and maintains membership in the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Southwest Alternate Media Project. He is the father of two adult girls.

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Karina Hollingsworth

Karina Hollingsworth is a multimedia journalist at KTXS News.

Country living isn’t anything new to her. She was born in Dodson, La and raised in Alexandria, La. She was even chased by a bull once.

Karina received her bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Texas Southern University in 2021 and is currently working on her master’s degree.

While at TSU Karina perfected her craft while working as an MMJ at KTSU2 News. Karina’s most memorable moment while working at KTSU2 News is covering the Astroworld tragedy because that is the moment, she feels she became a professional journalist.

She interned at KPRC2 News in Houston, TX where several of her news packages aired on TV.

Karina used to get in trouble for talking too much in class, so she decided to turn it into a career.

Karina is a proud mother of a Make a Wish Kid who had her wish granted in 2019 to go to Disney World.

In her spare time Karina loves sipping Iced Caramel Macchiatos from Starbucks, doing makeup, dancing to Beyonce, posting pictures on social media and spending time with her two kids.

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Joy Sewing

Joy Sewing is a veteran journalist with more than 25 years in the industry. In 2023, she became the Houston Chronicle’s first Black news columnist in the paper’s 122 years. She was previously the culture columnist and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary in 2022.

Joy has worked at the Kansas City Star, New York Post and was a correspondent for People magazine. She also freelanced regularly for Money, Vibe, Shape, Time, Town & Country, and other magazines. As the Chronicle’s former fashion editor, Joy has interviewed hundreds of famous faces, from Oscar de la Renta to Houston’s own Beyoncé Knowles.

Joy holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Houston, a master’s degree in business management from Webster University, and has taught journalism at the University of Central Missouri and the University of Houston.

She is also a National Press Foundation Spanish Language Fellow, in which she lived in Mexico, an España Y América Case Media Fellow, and an Institute for the Advance Studies of Race Fellow, in which she studied racism in Cuba.

In 2021, Joy was one of 15 journalists nationwide selected for the Poynter Insitute’s Power of Diverse Voices journalism fellowship, She also was honored for her columns by the Society for Features Journalism, which called her columns “touching works about humanity.”

She is author of “Ava and the Prince: The Adventures of Two Rescue Pups,” a children’s picture book about her own rescue boxer dogs. The book was selected by the Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation Houston for the home-library program. Joy and her dog, Ava, visited more than 100 schools, libraries, and special events to teach young children lessons about reading, animal empathy, and love through her book.

As a community leader, Joy is the founder of Year of Joy, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, to spread joy to children from underserved communities in Houston. Her annual Year of Joy Holiday Ice Skating Party is a holiday tradition and has had more than 1000 children participate since it started in 2016. The Year of Joy Figure Skating Scholar program was launched in 2021 and provides free ice skating lessons to children. A former competitive ice skater, Joy became Houston’s first African American figure skating coach while in college.

Joy is also a foster-to-adoptive mom and has become an advocate for children in foster care and adoption. She’s received the following honors for her work and community service:

  • “Year of Joy” day proclaimed by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on Dec. 12, 2023.
  • Houston Association of Black Journalists’ Trailblazer Award, 2023
  • St. Agnes Academy Alumni Award, 2023
  • Hearst Gives Back Community Service Award, 2023
  • Houston Women of Distinction, 2022
  • One of five Houston “unsung” heroes featured in the “Monuments” exhibit at Discovery Green, 2020
  • Houston Humanitarian Award, 2017