KPRC Local 2 Loves Anchor Babies
January 14, 2011

You can call it a pregnancy outbreak or a baby epidemic.   Channel 2 will soon need to build our very own nursery in the middle of the newsroom.

Not really – But several  KPRC Local 2 news anchors/reporters are pregnant and their babies are due within weeks of  each other.

Let’s start with KPRC Local 2  Morning Anchor Lauren Freeman. She’s 8 months pregnant with her second child.  Lauren and husband Dr. Forrest Roth are also the  proud parents of  2-year-old Rhodes.

 Local 2 News at 4 Anchor Rachel McNeill  is also pregnant with her second baby.  She and husband Dr. Wayne  Franklin are going to have a little brother or sister for two-year old Lionel.  

Weekend Anchor/Reporter Daniella Guzman and her husband Hector are pregnant with their first baby.  Their baby is due in June.

Weekend Morning Anchor Courtney Zavala and her husband Orlando are expecting their second boy.  They are already the proud parents of 2-year-old Connor.

Meanwhile Anchor/Investigative Consumer Reporter Amy Davis is pregnant with a baby boy due in March.   This is the first child for Amy and husband, KPRC Local 2 Anchor/Wheel of  Justice Reporter Joel Eisenbaum. 

Congratulations to all the mommies and daddies to be!     I’ll post pictures when all the new anchor babies make their arrival.

Democrats go after Gov. Perry in Texas
September 28, 2010

I’m posting this election story from the Washington Post, which like  KPRC Channel 2,  is owned by the Washington Post Company. 

It’s about the Democratic  Governor’s Association’s decision to spend money targeting Governor Rick Perry’s bid for relection against democrat Bill White.

Perry’s campaign has also responded to the article, and I’ve posted the statement after the article.

Dan Balz Washington Post Staff Writer Monday, September 27, 2010; 11:07 PM

In a surprise move, the Democratic Governors Association has decided to up the ante in Texas, with plans to launch an attack ad against Gov. Rick Perry (R ) that assails him as a career politician who has lost touch with the people of the Lone Star State. The audacious action comes in a state that has been a Republican stronghold for more than a decade. But Democrats have concluded that, even in a year that tilts strongly toward Republicans, Perry is more vulnerable than he has appeared in his race against Democrat Bill White, the former mayor of Houston. The DGA has already contributed $2 million to White’s campaign. The new ad buy, which is scheduled to begin running in the Dallas area Tuesday, represents an independent expenditure on behalf of White.

A Democratic strategist said the DGA would spend about $650,000 to $700,000 a week on its ad campaign. The latest poll in Texas, conducted by Blum & Weprin Associates for a consortium of Texas newspapers, gave Perry a seven-percentage-point lead, 46 percent to 39 percent. The poll was published on Sunday. Perry’s lead was consistent with other surveys taken in September. The public poll showed White and Perry running about even in the Houston area, where White is well known. But Perry held a solid lead in the Dallas area.

The DGA hopes its ad campaign will cut into that margin there, which could be the key to White’s hopes of winning. Perry became governor in December 2000 after then-governor George W. Bush resigned to become president. He has been reelected twice to four-year terms and is now the longest-serving governor in the state’s history. In a year in which incumbents of both parties have found themselves on the defensive, Democrats hope to turn Perry’s long tenure against him. The ad concludes by saying, “Twenty-five years as a politician has changed Rick Perry alright – for the worse.” A copy of the ad was made available to the Post before it went on the air. The ad attacks Perry on several fronts. Among them are ordering 11- and 12-year-old girls to be vaccinated against a virus that causes cervical cancer and proposing a mammoth Trans-Texas highway corridor that would have taken land from many private property owners. Both proposals eventually were blocked, but Republicans and Democrats have continued to criticize Perry for his actions. Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R ) included both in her primary challenge to Perry last spring but fell far short in her bid to unseat him. Democrats face substantial losses in governors’ races this fall, with Republicans looking to finish the elections with at least 30 of the 50 governor’s mansions. But Democrats are running competitively in three of the nation’s most populous states, all of which elected Republicans governors four years ago.

In California, Democratic attorney general and former governor Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown Jr. holds a narrow lead over Republican Meg Whitman, the former CEO of eBay. In Florida, Democrat Alex Sink, the state comptroller, is running even with businessman Rick Scott, who was the upset winner or the GOP primary in August. An upset in Texas could provide an improbable sweep of the big Sunbelt states, although defeating Perry is seen as the most difficult of the three. Democratic officials believe it is worth an additional investment in White’s candidacy to see how vulnerable the incumbent may be.

FROM THE RICK PERRY CAMPAIGN:

Obama Bailing Out Bill White’s Failing Desperate Campaign

After wasting $2 million with direct contributions to White, the Obama attack machine now taking over campaign and creating own negative attack ads

With Gov. Perry holding a commanding 30-point lead over Bill White in the Dallas-Fort Worth region, according to a recent newspaper poll, President Barack Obama and his Washington Democrat attack machine are hoping to bail out Bill White’s failing campaign by funding negative attack ads in the Dallas-Fort Worth region.

The Washington Post is reporting: “In a surprise move, the Democratic Governors Association has decided to up the ante in Texas, with plans to launch an attack ad against Gov. Rick Perry (R) that assails him as a career politician who has lost touch with the people of the Lone Star State.  … The DGA has already contributed $2 million to White’s campaign. The new ad buy, which is scheduled to begin running in the Dallas area Tuesday, represents an independent expenditure on behalf of White. A Democratic strategist said the DGA would spend about $650,000 to $700,000 a week on its ad campaign.” [1]

“After wasting $2 million on Bill White’s anemic campaign, the Obama attack machine is now taking matters into its own hands,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner. “Considering Bill White and President Obama share the same liberal philosophy, it’s not surprising that the president’s political team would step in and take over Bill White’s campaign. Governor Perry will continue talking about creating jobs, the economy, border security and other issues that truly matter to Texans.”

Following the release of a recent poll commissioned by Texas newspapers, the Associated Press reported, “According to the survey, Perry leads by more than 30 percentage points in Dallas-Fort Worth.” [2]

President Obama has raised at least $500,000 for the DGA this election cycle. [3]

Last week, the Dallas Morning News reported, “Texas trial lawyers have given $1 million to White through the Democratic Governors Association.” [4]

In August, President Obama headlined a fundraiser in Austin whose invitation said, “Some of the proceeds will remain in Texas to help elect Democrats in Texas, including Bill White as our next governor.” [5]

Bill White is also employing many of the same campaign handlers that President Obama uses: The Strategy Group (direct mail), Revolution Messaging (communications), The Tyson Organization (grassroots), Blue State Digital (internet), and Benenson Strategy Group (polling). [6]

SOURCING

KPRC Anchor Honored
April 25, 2010

Congratulations to KPRC Local 2 News Anchorman Bill Balleza, pictured here with Channel 2 News Director Rick McFarland and General Manager Larry Blackerby.

On Friday night Bill was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Houston Association of Hispanic Media Professionals.

Bill’s media colleagues from across Houston, along with many of his fans and community friends attended the celebration dinner on Friday night.  The event raised money to award college scholarships to future journalists.

Bill, pictured below with his wife Missy and KPRC 10 p.m. executive producer April Arias, has been covering the news in Houston for more than thirty years.

He  is a true professional, always calm and credible on the air, while behind the scenes he is a warm  and friendly person.

He is not only the “face” of  Channel 2, Bill is also a true reporter.  He never hesitates, especially during breaking news, to roll up his sleeves and do whatever is necessary to bring the latest information to viewers.

Bill  co- anchors the 5 p.m and 10 p.m newscasts Monday through  Friday with Dominique Sachse.

When he’s not busy on the anchor desk, Bill stays involved in causes close to his heart, including helping at-risk children and giving back to his fellow retired Marines.

Congrats Bill.  You deserve the award!

Get Ready For I-Fest 2010
April 6, 2010

It’s almost that time of the year again – when we get to experience the culture of  another country in the middle of  downtown Houston. 

The 40th Annual International Festival begins on April 17, 2010, and this year I-Fest will highlight the islands of  the Carribean.

You can learn more about all of the food, music, and entertainment planned for the two weekends of  I-Fest by visiting the official website: http://www.ifest.org/

In the meantime, make plans to watch KPRC Local 2 to learn more about the unique places that are being featured during the festival.

KPC Anchor Rachel McNeill, Photographer Tyrina Gleinser and Producer Tracy Hatfield travelled to Jamaica, Aruba, Trinidad and Tobago.

The crew, pictured here relaxing in Jamaica,  will introduce you to the people, beaches and some of the exotic places to visit.

The show will air on KPRC Local 2 (Channel 12 on Comcast)  at 6:30 p.m.Saturday, April 10th, and again at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 11.

I hope to see everybody during I-Fest!