Randy Beamer - Anchor
Randy Beamer is the Emmy Award-winning weekday 5, 6, 6:30 & 10 p.m. co-anchor and a photojournalist for News 4 San Antonio.
He still loves to grab his camera and shoot his own stories as often as possible.
Beamer has shot and reported for News 4 San Antonio from all over the country and even around the world, focusing on all kinds of stories involving -- and important to -- South Texans.
In Iraq, he added a bulletproof vest to his gear for a series and documentary on San Antonians who run the biggest hospital in Iraq.
He's reported on Texans guarding detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and helping in relief efforts after the tsunami in Sri Lanka and a hurricane that devastated Honduras.
He flew with a medical team into hurricane-ravaged New Orleans, reported from Galveston on Hurricane Ike, and has gone deep into Mexico to look at exactly what drives so many people to cross illegally into the U.S.
He also volunteers as a popular speaker and emcee at dozens of community fundraisers.
Beamer was a National Merit Scholar at Drake University and briefly attended the USC Film School in L.A.
He's won five Emmy Awards, an Edward R. Murrow Award, top honors from the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters and many other awards over the years for reporting, anchoring, photography and commentary.
And he'd rather you just call him "Beamer."
Delaine Mathieu - Co-Anchor
Emmy Award-winning journalist, Delaine Mathieu, co-anchors News 4 San Antonio at 5 p.m. weekdays with Randy Beamer.
Delaine comes to San Antonio from Miami where she co-anchored the top-rated morning newscast at WSVN. During her time there, she covered some of the nation's biggest news stories including the Elian Gonzalez saga, the 2000 Presidential Election debacle, the September 11th attacks, and the deadly 2004 hurricane season.
Delaine has received several awards, including four Emmy's, for her investigative reporting. Since she's been with News 4 San Antonio, Delaine has been nominated for nine Emmy's and has won three Texas Associated Press awards for her reporting and anchoring. In 2009, one of her reports about a rotating bed used to help save H1N1 patients was featured on the NBC show, "The Doctors."
Delaine is passionate about news, but even more so about children. She serves on the board for ChildSafe, a comprehensive clinic that helps young victims of sexual abuse in the San Antonio area and several surrounding counties. She is determined to raise awareness about San Antonio's child abuse problem. Her blog, Hell Is For Children, has garnered national attention. She launched a county-wide child-abuse awareness campaign called All4One. News 4 San Antonio partnered with ChildSafe, Family Service Association, CASA and Christus Santa Rosa Children's Hospital to try to reach abused and neglected children in schools all over Bexar County.
During Delaine's senior year at the University of Texas at Austin, she was chosen for an internship at CNN's Washington D.C. Bureau. She also interned at News 4 WOAI. She landed her first job at KRBC in Abilene, then KEYE in Austin where she won a Best Reporting award from the Texas Association of Broadcasters. She also picked up a Best Anchor nomination from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters during her time at KAKE in Wichita, Kansas.
Most people don't know this, but Delaine is half Venezuelan. Her mother is from Caracas, Venezuela. In her spare time, Delaine loves to workout, cycle and run. She and her husband, Shad, have two daughters and are thrilled to call San Antonio home!
John Gerard - Meteorologist
John Gerard is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist with over 30 years of television experience. He holds the distinguished seals of broadcasting approval from both the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and the National Weather Association (NWA).
John has been on the air for some memorable weather events such as tracking Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma across South Florida, a legendary April snowfall in Tennessee, and the Miami Tornado that struck downtown Miami and Miami Beach in 1997. His work that day is included in a special presentation on tornadoes produced by the Discovery Channel that still airs worldwide several times a year. John has a passion to inform and educate.
You'll find that he designs his presentations in a way that is user-friendly. In fact, he developed a college-level curriculum entitled Principles in Broadcast Meteorology where he teaches meteorology and communications majors how to take complex subject matter and formulate a cohesive, sensible presentation that all can understand. Hes been a Lecturer at the University of Miami (Coral Gables, Florida) since 2007.
He enjoys visiting area schools talking about the weather and expressing to young people the importance of just saying no to drugs. John was born and raised in Levittown, New York but says hes lost most of his accent due to spending so many years in the Midwest and the South. Despite the demands of a TV meteorologist, John has found time to work as a public address announcer for a professional hockey team and coach youth soccer (that is until his kids grew up and realized he didnt really know a thing about soccer). He has also led a Saturday morning youth sports ministry at his church for several years.
John comes to San Antonio after spending 17 years on the air in Miami at WTVJ (NBC) and WPLG (ABC). He began his forecasting career right out of college (S.U.N.Y. Oswego) in 1979 by forecasting for weather-sensitive industries like airports, municipalities, snow-removal companies, golf courses, amusement parks, major league baseball teams and movie studios. He made the switch to television and radio in 1983 when he was named Chief Meteorologist for WTVW (ABC) in Evansville, Indiana. He has also been Chief Meteorologist for WATE (ABC), Knoxville, Tennessee and WLWT (NBC), Cincinnati, Ohio.
John has been called upon to deliver expert testimony in weather-related legal matters. He is also a member of the S.U.N.Y. Oswego Alumni Association. He loves just about all sports, going to the gym, eating out, going to church, and cutting his own grass! "Anything that'll get me outdoors", he says.
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Don Harris - Sports Director
Don Harris is the Emmy award-winning weekday Sports Anchor and Sports Director for News 4 San Antonio. Harris celebrated his 23rd anniversary with the station in 2012. He was most recently honored with an Emmy award for Best Sports Anchor. It was his second Emmy award in two years. His sports anchoring has been recognized with seven Emmy nominations.
In 2009 he was also presented with the prestigious Edna McGaffey Media Excellence Award by the San Antonio Express-News and the local chapter of American Women in Communications for his work on the air and in the community.
In 1998 Harris started the Don Harris Golf Classic, a golf tournament benefiting the Arthritis Foundation and The Family Service Association. Many top local sports celebrities have taken part helping to raise over a million dollars for local children. This year the tournament generated a record donation to the Family Service Association.
Harris also serves on the board of the Harvey E. Najim Family Foundation and San Antonio Sports. Both are actively involved in improving the lives of children in San Antonio.
Harris works closely with two other local charities. He is on the advisory board of the Miracle League of San Antonio and of Slam Dunk for Life.
He has won numerous awards from the Texas A.P. Broadcasters for Best Sportscast and Best Sports Story. The News 4 San Antonio Sports department was also honored in the TV Special category for their "Race For The Rings" Spurs Special.
In 2005 he was honored by the Texas A.P. Broadcasters for Best Editorial/Commentary for his "Don's Extra Point." It was the third-straight year he won in that category. He also won Best Sports Story in 2005 and his sports anchoring has been recognized with seven Emmy nominations.
Harris has covered many major sporting events during his 22 years at News 4 San Antonio including Super Bowls, Final Fours and four Spurs World Championships. News 4 WOAI's Race for the Rings (Spurs pregame and postgame shows) were among the highest rated shows in San Antonio television history.
In 2000, Don launched "Sports Sunday" - a unique version of a weekly sports show that climbed to the top of the local ratings.
Harris made broadcasting history in late 2001 when he became the first and only broadcaster to host a live radio sports talk show and anchor a live television sportscast - simultaneously!
In December 2002, Don was named as one of the San Antonio Business Journal's "40 Under Forty" rising stars in the local community. In 2005 he was named "Best Talk Radio host" by the San Antonio Current readers poll.
Harris is married to wife Julie, who, like Don, attended San Antonio's Churchill High School and the University of North Texas. They have two sons, Landry and Grant. When not working, he enjoys coaching basketball and spending time with his family.
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Leslie Bohl - Anchor/Reporter
San Antonio-born native Leslie Bohl is co-anchor for News 4 San Antonio Today.
Bohl cultivated her love of journalism at the University Of Texas at Austin where she received degrees in Journalism and Government. She began her professional career in Lubbock, Texas as a general assignment reporter at KAMC-TC. Before leaving the West Texas town, she moved to the CBS affiliate KLBK-TV. There, she entered management as assistant news director and intern coordinator. Bohl also produced newscasts and worked her way to anchor desk and the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts.
From Texas, Bohl headed east to Southwest Florida and the NBC-affiliate WBBH-TV. She anchored the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts and at different times served as the station's consumer reporter and business reporter. Bohl followed her husband's career and relocated to the Alamo City. She left broadcasting to become a full-time mother to a young baby until joining the News 4 San Antonio team. Highlights of her career include covering the 1996 Centennial Olympics, Hurricane Andrew, and traveling to Germany for a series of special reports.
She enjoys spending her time away from the station with her two daughters. They chose to return to San Antonio to be closer to family and friends.
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Michael Garofalo - News Anchor
Michael Garofalo is an Edward R. Murrow and AP award winning journalist. He anchors weekday mornings for News 4 San Antonio Today.
Garofalo is all about storytelling and thinks everyone has something to share, even if it takes time to figure that out.
He has reported and anchored from around the globe, including from the Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, Super Bowl XLIV in Miami and from the CMA Awards in Nashville.
When Garofalo is not working and out meeting people in the community he enjoys spending time with his wife Claudia and daughter Avah.
You also might see him running along the River Walk with their yellow lab Kaia. He also enjoys playing golf, tennis and skiing.
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Albert Flores - Meteorologist
Albert Flores grew up right here in San Antonio and attended schools in the Harlandale ISD. He went to the University of Texas at Austin on a full scholarship and received his journalism degree. A few years later he received his Meteorology certification from Mississippi State. Albert has worked as a Chief Meteorologist in Austin at KTBC, in the valley at KRGV, in Corpus Christi at KIII and at KENS 5 here in San Antonio.
Albert is married and has two children and four grandchildren. He loves to spend time with his family and travel. He is very involved in the community and serves on several board of directors of non-profit organizations.
As the morning Meteorologist for News 4 San Antonio his goal is to give you something to smile about and feel informed every time you tune in.
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Jessica Headley - Traffic Anchor/Reporter
Jessica Headley serves as the News 4 San Antonio Today Traffic Anchor. An explorer by nature, her sense of direction has been the essence of getting her to her destinations. After growing up in Hoover/Birmingham, Alabama and graduating cum laude in political science with an emphasis in Spanish, dance, and vocal performance from Birmingham Southern College, Jessica served as a political appointee for a year and a half at The White House presiding over the President's domestic and international volunteer missions including work with the Peace Corps, the American Red Cross, AmeriCorps, and celebrity and corporate philanthropy. It was founding and chairing her own non-profit at 18-years-old, P.R.A.I.S.E., Inc.(Promoting Responsibility, Awareness, Integrity, Service, and Education), which impelled her into that role after passing first ever character education legislation in the Alabama State House, HB 673, and subsequently, for the first time ever, passing character education funding in the Alabama State Budget with the help of state law makers. For her service, she was awarded the President of the United State's Service Award for over 4,000 hours of community service. Governor Bob Riley of Alabama wrote a resolution acknowledging her service to Alabama, and the City of Center Point in Birmingham, Alabama named May 21 "Jessica Headley Day" in recognition of her work with the local schools. With her non-profit and the Miss Alabama Program (MAO), where she placed as 3rd Runner-Up and as a preliminary winner, she spoke with more than 150 corporations and community organizations while also emceeing and performing at events.
After her time at The White House and placing as a runner up in Miss DC (USA), Jessica chose to combine her ardor for academics and the arts with her longstanding fervor for news. She began working for a foreign dignitary in NYC while also training with Fox Network News for close to a year in both New York City and Los Angeles. She then served as a live general assignment reporter for NBC Montana while also filming and editing and then moving to Los Angeles to cover an investigative piece while getting published on The Huffington Post and serving as a live general assignment reporter with KUSI in San Diego.
Having trained as a dancer for 23 years, practiced the art of singing, and grown up in the 'sports central' South, Jessica loves the outdoors, music, foreign films, horseback riding, the philosophy and history of great wines and cuisine, performance cars, and the science of organic and holistic nutrition as it changed her life.
While greatly treasuring family, friends, and her Great Pyrenees dog Dakota, she has an affinity for understanding the various cultures, religions, and politics throughout San Antonio, the state, nation, and world. If you ever want to invite Jessica on an adventure be it a speedway, your community, or to jump out of a plane, do so as she may beat you to it or do a feature report on it!
Fabian Juarez - Photojournalist
As a kid, I loved to go out and shoot videos. I would always gather my friends and shoot anything from music videos to staged action sequences. After graduating high school, I attended Texas State University and started working for The University Star. The University Star helped me hone my skills as a videographer and as an editor. Before graduating, I applied for a part-time position at KABB as a Production Assistant. After two years, I became full-time and was offered a Photojournalist job at KABBs sister station WOAI.
Working at WOAI has taught me the importance of peoples stories. I love that we strive to bring the most out of every story. I truly believe the people we talked to make the story and I only put it together for everyone to see.
I currently am engaged, have three beautiful dogs, and renovating our house. My journey has only begun here at WOAI, but I hope to expand and pursue my career to the fullest. I love my job and couldnt ask for anything better.
Cameron Cox - Sports Anchor/Reporter
Cameron Cox is the utility player for News 4 San Antonio; or in job terms, he's the package deal - sports producer/reporter/anchor - all in one. Passionate about sports, being able to tell stories is what drives him. He sticks to the idea that "every story should be treated like a movie trailer and to always entertain the viewer".
Currently in his second year with News 4 San Antonio, Cameron has been sent solo all over the country to cover various sporting events, including the Spurs-Warriors NBA Playoff series in San Francisco, the Texans-Patriots divisional playoff game in Boston, Pro Football Hall of Fame inductions in Canton, Ohio, as well as several games and events featuring the Cowboys, Texans, Aggies, Longhorns, major boxing fights, professional soccer, high school sports and more.
Being a sports anchor is something Cameron has wanted to do since he was 9 years old, and the dream started when his dad took him to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. There, Cameron met Mario Gomez, who is currently still a Meteorologist for KHOU in Houston. Mario spent some time between his shows to show the wide-eyed 9-year-old some of the secrets about being in front of the camera and then allowed him to play in front of the green screen during his weather forecast. Fast forward to now, Cameron still remembers how much of an impact that interaction had on him.
Cameron, a proud Texan, born and raised in Houston. He was a part of the first graduating class from Atascocita High School in 2008, where he played football and ran track. From there, he attended Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, NM, where he played football for the Greyhounds and became a main member of award-winning teams at KENW News 3 - New Mexico and Rooney-Moon Broadcasting.
During his free time, Cameron enjoys playing all sorts of outdoor sports, lifting weights at the gym, collecting and watching movies and walking his girlfriend's Chihuahua.
To keep up with Cameron, stay tuned for updates on CameronCoxTV.com, follow him on Twitter @CamCox4 or email him at email@example.com.
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Drew Douglas - Photojournalist
Drew is an NPPA photographer and one-man-band reporter. He got his start at KWTX-TV in Waco where he spent 2 years in his first stint as a photojournalist before heading back to Baylor University to finish a degree in Film & Digital Media.
He graduated in the summer of 2009 but didn't walk the stage because he was living in Veracruz, Mexico, where he worked on a tourism TV show and some freelance video work, became fluent in Spanish, and met his lovely wife Ingrid.
They came back to the US in 2010 and got married before Drew headed back to KWTX for another year and a half at the Killeen/Ft. Hood bureau. During his time at the bureau, Drew worked to develop his talent as a writer and reporter, getting his first taste of solo-journalism.
Drew joined News 4 San Antonio in July 2012. He likes to say being a photojournalist is like going on a field trip every day, meeting people and seeing things that he normally wouldn't be able to without a camera on his shoulder. He loves telling personal stories that will either make you laugh or cry or both. His journalistic hero is Steve Hartman, who's stories always highlight the struggles and triumphs of everyday people.
If you know someone unique or who has a whale of a tale to be told, send Drew an e-mail, he's always looking for something special to cover on Saturdays and Sundays as our weekend one-man-band reporter.
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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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Shelly Miles - San Antonio Living Host
Shelly Miles is the host of San Antonio Living.
Shelly graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in broadcast journalism and communications in 1996. She attended school on a speech and debate scholarship, and was a nationally ranked debater. Shelly started her career at the campus-run news program at NAU and interned at KNAZ, the Flagstaff NBC affiliate. After graduating, Shelly spent her time as a country radio DJ and Music Director.
Shelly is deeply involved in the San Antonio community. She has been honored by many non-profit organizations for her contributions, and was named Fiesta Queen of the Vine by the Brighton School.
Shelly spends her free time with her husband, a San Antonio native, and her two daughters. Shelly is a native of Southern California and likes to head back there for a break when it gets too hot in Texas.
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Siobhain Anders - Meteorologist
Meteorologist Siobhain Anders comes to News 4 San Antonio with long-time ties to San Antonio and an intimate understanding of the complex weather unique to South Texas. She was born and raised right here in San Antonio, and as a fifth generation Texan she loves to use the phrase "Ya'll".
A graduate of Alamo Heights High School, she earned her B.A. in Journalism from Trinity University. She then moved on to Mississippi State University where Siobhain's long, hard hours of studying paid off when she earned a degree in Broadcast Meteorology. If Siobhain looks familiar, there's a good reason. For the past 13 years, she's worked at several television stations from the Rio Grande Valley to San Antonio, making her mark with precision forecasts. Siobhains first love is weather, but her second love is the entertainment field. She covered the entertainment beat for nearly five years. Some of her favorite interviews were Prince Charles, Reba, Peter Jennings, and Shirley MacLaine.
Siobhain's family has lived in Texas for five generations! She passed her trademark red hair onto her two daughters, and now her family is nicknamed "Red Head Central." In her spare time, Siobhain is a realtor and runs her father's flooring business. The family loves to ride horses together, dance and swim. They also love to travel as a family and are looking forward to many great vacations in the future.
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Jaie Avila - Co-Anchor/Reporter
Jaie Avila is weekend co-anchor and an Emmy award winning investigative reporter with the News 4 San Antonio Trouble Shooters unit.
Jaie's investigative stories have had a big impact on San Antonio. His investigation into towing company practices led city officials to reduce the amount those companies can charge you to get your car back. Another investigation exposed a San Antonio school official who was stealing tens of thousands of dollars from the district. After Jaie's story the official was fired, charged with fraud, and ultimately agreed to pay the money back. Then there was the hidden-camera investigation that caught city utility workers literally sleeping on the job.
Before coming to News 4 San Antonio in 2004, Jaie spent eight years reporting in Los Angeles for KABC-TV and KCBS-TV. During that time he covered the O.J. Simpson civil trial, the North Hollywood Shootout and the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case.
Jaie began his on-camera career at KXAN-TV in Austin, where from 1991 to 1994 he was a weekend anchor and general assignment reporter. During that time he covered the Branch Davidian standoff, the Luby's cafeteria massacre and political stories from the state capitol. Jaie was also an investigative reporter at KNXV-TV in Phoenix where he was named "Reporter of the Year" by the Associated Press for his investigation into food stamp fraud.
Prior to beginning his on-air career, Jaie worked as a writer/producer for KCAL-TV in LA, as a researcher for Good Morning America, and an assistant producer at FOX 11 in Los Angeles.
When he's not chasing a story, Jaie is usually chasing after his three young kids, who keep him and his wife Jessie very busy. The sixth member of the family is Milo the cat, a survivor of the Bastrop fires, who the family adopted, and who was also the subject of one of Jaie's stories.
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Emily Baucum - Reporter
Emily Baucum joined the News 4 San Antonio team in March 2012. She was born and raised in San Antonio.
Emilys reported for CBS affiliates in Tulsa, OK; Springfield, MO; and Lansing, MI. She was one of the first reporters in Joplin, MO, just hours after a deadly EF-5 tornado leveled a third of the town in May 2011. Her career started behind the camera as a freelance field producer at CNNs Chicago bureau.
She graduated high school from Keystone School in the historic Monte Vista neighborhood. Emily then attended Northwestern University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism, with a second major in political science.
David Chancellor - Sports Anchor/Reporter
David Chancellor is the award-winning sports anchor for News 4 San Antonio. Chancellor was awarded the 2008 Associated Press Best Sportscast and Best Sports Story.
Through the years, he has been fortunate for his work to be recognized by his peers, winning several awards for his work including a 2003 Texas Emmy for Best Sports Reporter. He's also been honored with a Katie Award from the Dallas Press Club in 2002, and Associated Press in 2002.
David is a native of San Antonio, who attended Lee High School. He also earned his bachelor's degree from Trinity University.
He married Aubrey Mika Chancellor in December 2007.
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Kristina De Leon - Reporter
A true South Texas native, Kristina De Leon was born in San Antonio. After graduating from MacArthur High School, she double majored in Psychology and Sociology from the University Of The Incarnate Word.
Kristina began her on air career in Laredo at KVTV. She spent nearly three years as the weekend, then noon show anchor. There, she covered the drug cartel, immigration issues and often reported from across the border.
Kristina spent nearly five years as the morning show anchor/reporter for KIII-TV in Corpus Christi, Texas. During that period, she stood on the front lines of three major hurricanes.
Before moving back home to San Antonio, Kristina spent a year in the Valley at KGBT-TV as a reporter, producer, and anchor.
The Emmy-nominated morning reporter was honored by the San Antonio Police Department and Bexar County Sheriffs Office with merit awards. She was also recognized by the SA Crime Coalition and is a graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy.
Kristina was also a featured alumni in the University of the Incarnate Words campaign.
When her ailing mother was in need, Kristina donated a kidney. The procedures were documented as a feature series on News 4.
Currently, Kristina is enrolled in grad school, earning a Masters degree in Communications from the University of the Incarnate Word.
You can watch Kristina weekday mornings as either a reporter or Fill-In Anchor for the show.
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Erica Guevara - Producer/Social Media Rep
Erica Guevara is the social media personality for News 4 San Antonio Today weekday mornings from 4:30 - 7 a.m. She connects with you online and on-air regarding the timely topics and issues that have people talking. She is also the producer of San Antonios longest-running lifestyle show, San Antonio Living, weekdays at 10 a.m.
Erica has spent most of her career on both sides of the camera, and is passionate about telling real people stories. She has called Texas home for many years, working with TV stations in Corpus Christi, the Valley and, of course, San Antonio. Erica was also the producer and entertainment personality for the lifestyle program Arizona Midday, with KPNX (NBC) in Phoenix. An avid feature writer, she was also responsible for producing packages and overseeing coverage related to the station's many community endeavors including: Komen For The Cure, Valle Del Sol's Profiles of Success, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Gala and the Season For Sharing non-profit fundraising campaign.
During a brief break from the biz, Erica added another layer to her TV experience, working for a national public relations firm. As a publicist, she secured coverage for clients on major outlets including the Today Show, CNN, CNBC and FOX News. It was then when Erica developed an interest in social media trends. She has since also become a popular mommy blogger with her family product picks and TV gift guides.
A Bronx, New York native, Erica is a graduate of the State University of New York at New Paltz. She is thrilled to raise her family in San Antonio, her husband's hometown. Erica has also volunteered her time with the local Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and is an active member of her church.
Chat with Erica each morning when she shares your comments or gives you a friendly shoutout!
Lauren Lea - Reporter
Lauren Lea is happy to be living and reporting in Texas again. She returned home after reporting for KARK 4 in Little Rock, Ark.
Lauren enjoyed getting to know the people of Arkansas and exploring the state. While she was there, she covered many stories that made national news and she reported for MSNBC, CNN and the Weather Channel. Her work was also featured on NBC's "Today." She uncovered how a local school district overpaid their outgoing superintendent by tens of thousands of dollars. After her report, the administrator returned the money and the state launched a district-wide audit, which uncovered hundreds of thousands of misused taxpayer dollars. She also extensively covered the massive flooding and numerous tornadoes that struck the state.
Lauren loved the beauty of the Natural State, but she's a true Texas girl at heart. She's a graduate of Boerne High School and a proud TCU Horned Frog. She also reported in Wichita Falls, Texas and has worked behind the scenes in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Lauren loves traveling and exploring the Hill Country. She's a college football fan and enjoys cheering on the Spurs. She can't get enough Tex-Mex food and she likes spending time with friends and family.
Lauren enjoys meeting the people of San Antonio and telling their stories.
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Jacqueline Ortiz - Weekend Anchor/Reporter
San Antonio-born native Jacqueline Ortiz is News 4 San Antonio's weekend anchor and a reporter.
Jacqueline came to the station in July of 1998. She's worked all over the state of Texas, beginning her career in Waco at the ABC Affiliate. After working in Sherman, Austin and Dallas/Fort Worth she came home to stay.
Jacqueline's honors include a Gracie Allen Award and Emmy Nomination for a news series where she spent 24-hours behind bars in the Bexar County Women's Jail. She has also been recognized for her excellence in reporting crime news by the San Antonio Crime Coalition. She was featured in the national magazine COMMUNIQUE for business Professionals of America. A National Honor Society Graduate of Southside High School in San Antonio, Jacqueline is the third oldest of eleven children. A Baylor University Graduate and a letterman of the Baylor track & field team, Jacqueline still enjoys running.
Jacqueline and her husband Ryan have two children who keep them busy.
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Jozannah Quintanilla - Reporter
Jozannah Quintanilla is a 13 year veteran of television broadcasting. After anchoring and reporting from South to Central Texas she is proud to call San Antonio home. You may recognize Jozannah because she has been reporting in the market for the last 5 years.
Im so proud to be part of such a credible and highly respected news team, said Jozannah. Im thrilled to be reporting for the San Antonio community on the 5, 6 and 6:30 newscasts.
A native Texan, Jozannah was born and raised in the small town of Kingsville just south of Corpus Christi.
I grew up watching the news with my dad, and every time a reporter would be live with big news he would tell me, Thats going to be you one day. I never doubted I would do just that. I was born to perform for an audience and started acting in major theatre productions at the university at the age of 12.
Everyone told me it was going to be a tough business It reality hit when I was first sent to cover violence across the border. I knew it was the job for me when I began doing stories that were making a difference in peoples lives, Jozannah replied.
Jozannah was one of the first reporters on the scene of the South Padre Island Bridge Collapse just before 9/11. When she anchored and reported in the Waco-Killeen-Temple market she was one of the first to report on the Fort Hood deployments at the start of the war on terrorism.
Ill never forget the men and women who left their families behind to go to war and will always do my best in reporting the stories on our military heroes, Jozannah expressed.
Jozannah anchored and reported in Corpus Christi for several years and then moved to San Antonio as a news reporter.
I knew immediately San Antonio would be my permanent home because of all the wonderful people, Jozannah said.
Among her most memorable stories, Jozannah will never forget her interview with Mr. Las Vegas, Wayne Newton. She remembers the excitement from covering President George H.W. Bushs visit to Crawford. But perhaps the time she felt 100% pure adrenaline was being in the middle of Hurricane Ike.
Jozannah is a graduate of Texas A&M University-Kingsville, where she earned her degree in Communications/Radio/TV.
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Cleto Rodriguez - Reporter
Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Cleto Rodriguez is living his lifelong dream of becoming an elite stand-up comedian.
Rodriguez has been performing since 1995 and has worked with comedians George Lopez, Carlos Mencia, Daniel Tosh, Wayne Brady, Brett Butler, Tim Hawkins and Bob Smiley. He has even opened for living legend B.B. King.
Rodriguez performs nationwide in comedy clubs, corporations, colleges and churches. He was chosen as the comedian for the 2008 Promise Keepers events in seven U.S. cities.
Rodriguez connects with audiences by relating everyday life experiences. Anything and everything is fair game, from marriage mishaps to the challenges of dieting. His comedy is high-energy, observational and hilarious with a brilliant Latino twist.
He has strong San Antonio roots going back to his grandfather, San Antonio native Cleto Rodriguez I, who was one of Texas first Congressional Medal of Honor winners. Rodriguez also contributes his time and talents to the community by helping raise money for disadvantaged youth and the homeless.
From clean comedian to TV personality, you can catch Rodriguez daily as the latest morning personality on News 4 San Antonio Today.
Alanna Sarabia - Reporter
Alanna Sarabia landed her dream job as a member of the San Antonio Living team in July 2011. She graduated from Texas State University in 2011 with a degree in Electronic Media and Communications. While in school she was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha social sorority and Student Foundation. She also interned at News 4 San Antonio during her last semester of school. During her internship, she landed her first job as the "Fiesta Insider" during Fiesta 2011. She says she could not have asked for a better place and better people to start her career in TV broadcasting.
Even though she is from Dallas, Texas, Alanna is no stranger to San Antonio. She served as Miss San Antonio 2009, promoting her platform on educating the city on the importance of being responsible pet owners. She was also a part of Fiesta San Antonio as La Reina de La Feria de las Flores 2012 and raised $25,000 to give to the Parent/Child Scholarship. She was a 2011-2012 NBA Spurs Silver Dancer, enjoys the piano, and spends most of her free time with her poodle, Hector, and her family. You can catch her on both San Antonio Living on 4 San Antonio and Daytime at Nine on FOX San Antonio. Connect with Alanna on Twitter @AlannaSarabiaTV
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Melissa Vega - Reporter
Melissa says it's a dream come true to be back home reporting the news in her own community. She grew up in Seguin and graduated from Seguin High School. Melissa was bitten by the journalism bug in high school and the rest is history.
Melissa went on to study journalism at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. She's a proud graduate of the Dan Rather School of Communications.
Melissa began her career in Corpus Christi working for KZTV-TV. There she worked as a reporter and was later promoted to main anchor. Melissa also worked as an main anchor for KGBT-TV in the Rio Grande Valley. Melissa's career also took a leap outside the Lone Star State. She worked at KOAT-TV in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she focused on consumer and investigative reporting.
She is thrilled to be back at home and close to family and friends.
"There's no place I'd rather be," says Melissa.
Melissa is happy to donate her time to charity causes in the community. She's a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
When she's not chasing stories, Melissa is spending time with her husband Robert and their three rescue dogs.
Melissa is always looking for a great story to tell. So if you have an idea, she'd love to hear from you.
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World Car Sky 4 - Reporter
World Car Sky 4 is the most technologically sophisticated piece of news gathering equipment used by News 4 San Antonio. World Car Sky 4 can send live video and audio back to the station from nearly all parts of South Texas. The chopper seats up to four people, but two are usually aboard for news coverage.
Selena Garza - Executive Producer Weather
Selena Garza is the Executive Producer for News 4 San Antonio's 4 Zone Weather team.
Selena grew up right here in San Antonio and earned a BA in Communication from St. Mary's University. Selena's primary responsibility is producing the weather portions of the newscasts. She specializes in the technology that weather folks use on air. As a weather guru she translates complex forecast computer models and Dual Polarization Radar images into easy to understand weather graphics you see on TV and WOAI.com.
Selena also specializes in writing weather-related stories and how it effects you and your family. Working closely with her second family, John Gerard, Albert Flores, and Siobhain Anders, Selena thrives on making sure every piece of weather equipment is used to its fullest, giving the latest details as to what's going on right now and what you can expect in the future. It is important to Selena to not only keep up with the latest and greatest in the meteorological industry, but to use technology to help viewers better understand how the weather affects them. So Selena works closely with computer technicians to create images that have never been seen before.
When storms threaten, she makes sure you can get your latest up to the minute weather updates online, on the radio, through Weatherline, Twitter, Facebook, and, of course, in our newscasts. "I can't control the weather, but I can help plan your day around it, explains Selena. You not only get the forecast, but I can give you as much detail as possible so you know what and when to expect it. Feel free to call or email Selena anytime you're planning an event, a wedding, a birthday party -- or even if you just want to know the forecast. She loves helping San Antonians plan their day around the weather.
Selena spends her spare time with husband Cary (where she gets the last name Garza). Selena's heritage is Chinese. Selena and Cary have two beautiful children. She spends most of her weekends at CYO games watching her kids play soccer, basketball and T-ball. If you ask her whats her all time favorite thing to do, shell tell you watching scary movies!
You'll see Selena on air occasionally, especially during severe weather when we'll mic her up as she helps the weather team track the storms.
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Kiko Martinez - Blogger
Kiko Martinez is a local film critic and writer. He earned his degree in journalism from Our Lady of the Lake University in 2003 and has been writing reviews and articles on film since 2001 for a number of different publications and websites across the U.S.
Kiko has interviewed everyone from Dakota Fanning to Bill Maher and hopes to one day pick the brain of his favorite director P.T. Anderson. He has never met a movie he wont watch and prides himself in giving all cinema its fair chance to impress him.
When he's not at the movies, Kiko is on the computer updating his website www.CineSnob.net where he posts his latest film reviews and celebrity interviews.
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Jerrod Kingery - Web Director
Jerrod Kingery is the web master for News4SA.com.
Jerrod is a native of San Antonio, a graduate of John Marshall High School and a product of the Radio/TV/Film department at San Antonio College. Jerrod got his start in the TV industry working in master control at KABB/KRRT all the way back in 2000. In 2002, he moved downtown to the engineering department at WOAI. Jerrod became web master of News4SA.com in 2013.
You may recognize Jerrod from his appearances on San Antonio Living, the News 4 San Antonio Spurs Roundtable, and as the host of the movie review segments streamed on News4SA.com, or maybe from his appearance (with a puppet) on an episode of "Conan" in 2012. In his spare time, Jerrod writes film reviews, blogs for News4SA.com, and tries his hand at film making.
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Stephen Clapper - Photojournalist
Stephen Clapper began his career as a photojournalist in Texas, moved away for two years, and now finds himself back in the Lone Star State once again.
As a graduate of Lamar University, Stephen began working at KBTV 4 in Beaumont, Texas. During his time at KBTV, Stephen covered many stories and events from Hurricane Ike in 2008 to Houston Texans football. After 2 years, he moved to Greensboro, North Carolina to pursue a photojournalist position at WGHP FOX 8 where he really came into his own as a photographer, covering a wide range of stories and even winning a second place AP award for a story featuring homeless camps in the woods of Greensboro.
After two great years in North Carolina, Stephen finds himself back home in Texas where he is thrilled to be a part of the WOAI team.
Josue Campos - Photojournalist
Josue Campos was born in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. He began his career in television in Corpus Christi, Texas in 2004 at KIII as a production assistant. With absolutely no experience he was asked to shoot a football game. Shortly after the football game experiment he was asked to train and join their news team as a photojournalist. Since then he has gained much experience by observing his peers and through self study.
Josue moved to San Antonio in 2009 and joined the WOAI family in April of 2012. He is planning to go back to school and pursue his Bachelors Degree in Communications/Journalism. He enjoys playing basketball, volleyball and Golf. His passion is in photography, acting and the opportunity to meet new people everyday. San Antonio is now home and he looks forward to working with and meeting the great people of San Antonio.
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Eduardo Diaz - Photojournalist
Born and raised in Houston, Eduardo Diaz has worked at TV stations in Houston and Los Angeles. He also worked for a Spanish-language reality show in Houston for two and a half years. Diaz then joined the production department. From there, he moved to KUVM in Houston where he had the opportunity to join the news department, working on great stories with interesting traveling to exotic places.
Diaz spent five years with Joel Osteens Lakewood Church, doing live events, feeds and other assignments.
Now Diaz loves getting to know the people here in San Antonio.
Eric Johnson - Reporter
There is something really special about working for the news in your hometown. I love San Antonio, and working for News 4 San Antonio as allowed me to truly get to know every inch of the city. Everyday, I get to fly and drive all over the place, meet new people and discover new places both inside and out!
I have two wonderful parents, Brent and Sherry who have always supported me and I love them very much. My two younger sisters Jessica and Robin graduated college from St. Mary's University and they are both two of the smartest and strongest young women that I have ever known. I am so proud of both of them. I have a huge extended family, and almost all of them were born in San Antonio too. They go work and go to schools here, and they are all apart of who I am as a person.
Before graduating from college, I got an internship at News 4 San Antonio. After my first day, I knew I was hooked and couldn't wait to come work here! Now I get to fly around the city in World Car Sky 4, and help keep you informed and safe. Every morning Captain Dan and I get up before the sun and make sure the road ways are looking good for the morning commute.
My best News 4 San Antonio moment is a special one. On my very first, big time assignment I ran into a girl I went to high school with and always liked. We are now married and very happy together. On the ground, and in the air I will be there whenever there is something you need to know about San Antonio.
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Francisco Barragan - Photojournalist
Francisco was born in Monterrey, Mexico and moved to San Antonio in 1990. He began his career in TV in 2001 at KABB as a production assistant. Two years later, he was asked by the executive producer to join their news team as a photojournalist. Intimidated, but eager to use his creative talents, Francisco found a new passion in his life. After gaining invaluable experience, Francisco brought his talents to WOAI.
Here he has covered visits from President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama. He has also been sent to the front lines of some of the state's biggest stories, covering the Fort Hood shootings, the BP oil spill, Hurricanes Dolly, Gustav and Ike with Randy Beamer and most recently the west Texas Wildfires. Francisco has also enjoyed capturing Spurs championship celebrations and Fiesta events. He is an AP award winning photojournalist, who enjoys teamwork to tell people's stories.
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Lalo Garcia - Director of Photography
Born and raised in the Lone Star State, News 4 WOAI Director of Photography Lalo Garcia came back to South Texas after covering news all over the country. Lalo has been on the front lines of some of our nation's largest news events such as September 11th, Anthrax scare in Washington D.C, Presidential Races, and toughed it out through several Hurricanes.
Lalo has worked at KLDO, KGNS, KVUE, TXN, News 8 Austin, USATODAY, and has freelanced for networks such as CNN, NBC, Discovery Channel and The History Channel to name a few. He is the recipient of an Emmy, NPPA and several Associated Press awards.
Originally from Laredo, Lalo now calls San Antonio home. Lalo and his wife Dora love San Antonio and they keep very busy with their sons and daughters.
Luis Escamilla - Operations Supervisor/Roving Camera Photojournalist
Luis Escamilla is the News 4 WOAI Operations Coordinator. A South Texas native, Luis has worked in television news for 17 years. Through the years Luis has covered events such as the Anthrax scare in Washington DC, presidential elections in the US and Mexico and lived through several hurricanes along with many local major stories.
Together with his operational duties Luis also reports on traffic,road conditions and breaking news for News 4 WOAI Today.
Luis and his wife have been calling San Antonio home since joining WOAI well over a decade ago. When he is not busy doing Road Cam reports Luis and his wife enjoy a busy family life with their daughters.