The Houston International Festival
April 17, 2009

young Irish Dancers

young Irish Dancers

It’s that time of  year again when downtown Houston is being transformed into a  fun place to check out the annual I-Fest, or International Festival. 

I-fest is scheduled for the weekends of April 18-19 and April 25-26. You can learn more about the entertainment lineup by going to

This year, the event will spotlight the country of  Ireland, and organizers are busying creating what they call an “Irish Countryside.”


On Thursday night, 2 on the Beat had the fun opportunity to attend the Mayor’s International Festival Gala, along with anchor Dominique Sachse (who also served as emcee)  producer Tracy Hatfield, Photographer Tyrina Gleinser, News Director Rick Mcfarland and General Manager Larry Blackerby and his wife Brenda. 

Channel 2 is a proud media sponsor of  I-fest. 

Dominque, Tracy and Ty recently spent ten days in Ireland and produced some amazing stories about the people, food and culture.


Some of that Irish flavor was on display at the gala, which was attended by  dignitaries including Mayor Bill White, County Judge Ed Emmett and his wife Gwen, Sheriff  and Mrs. Adrian Garcia, city councilwoman Melissa Noriega and her husband former State Rep. Rick Noriega and Joanne King Herring. ifest-004ifest-003ifest


KPRC And The Community
February 4, 2009

One of the joys of working in TV news is that I have an opportunity to meet fascinating people from our wonderfully diverse Houston area community.

I  also  appreciate  that I work for people who understand the importance of  building relationships and being involved in  events that are important to our viewers. 


On Thursday night, KPRC-TV  General Manager Larry Blackerby welcomed dozens of people to the station for our 3rd annual Community Reception.


Elected officials, the leaders of  non-profit and community groups, and other people who are quietly making a difference were invited to meet the station management, reporters and producers. 


 It gave  us an opportunity to get to  know each other away from the glare of  bright lights,  news cameras and meetings.


The reception helped  put a face to every luncheon, parade, festival, walk-a-thon, blood and food drive, and other special community events that Channel 2 supports.


Some of those attending included, Houston’s First Lady Andrea White, Katy Mayor Don Elder Jr. and his wife, Fort Bend Constable Ruben Davis, Pastor D.Z. Cofield, representatives from Houston Aids Foundation, The Ensemble Theatre, Channel 2 News Director Skip Valet, Senior Producer Kim Davis and a host of  others.


 It was a great night, and Channel 2 looks forward to doing more great work in the community.