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Hey there ladies & gentlemen, here's some photos and videos of KRIV-TV Fox 26 Houston newscasts & the list of folks, who used to work at this station in the good ole days: **Below are photos of Fox 26's studio set with the sprawled downtown skyline, which they kept until sometime around 1994. November 6th, 1988: 10:00 PM weekend newscasts with Mike Barajas, Jocelyn Lane, Steve Mark & Shaun Rabb. June 9th, 1989 7:00 PM newscast with John Davenport, Fran Fawcett, Robert Smith & Mark Berman 7:00 PM newscast close with the screenshot of the Fox 26 studio set with their skyline, which ChannelTwoNews mentioned that it was unveiled during the Metromedia days. Here's the list of anchors, reporters, etc., who used to work at Fox 26: Mike Barajas (1986-2011): weekend anchor from 1986 until around 1992; weeknight anchor (1992-2011) Melinda Spaulding (2004-2017): now working at Texas Southern University Angela Chen: moved back to her hometown of Los Angeles, CA Fran Fawcett Jan Jeffcoat Anna Devalantes (later moved to WFLD-TV Fox 32 Chicago) Chau Nyguen Hank Plante Jocelyn Lane Steve Mark John Davenport (I know he died back in 1993, but I'm assuming he was still working for Fox 26 then) Robert Smith (weahter anchor for Fox 26 from around the mid 1980's-until sometime in the 2000's) Ford Atkinson (reporter/weekend anchor) Natalie Bomke (now at WFLD-TV Fox 32 Chicago) Olga Campos Keith Watkins Darian Ward (former Press Secretary for Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (D) until she was forced out due to scandal) Erin Anthony Monique Nation (died in 2001 from cancer: way too young to go) Larry Griffith Todd Duplantis Shaun Rabb (used to do the weather for Fox 26 back during the 80s, he's now working in DFW as a reporter) Ginger Casey (moved to KHOU-TV CBS 11 sometime during 1986) Anita Martini Linda Cheek Heinrich Dave Sheehan If I've missed anyone, let me know and I'll edit the list & comment on the videos of these videos back in the days of Fox 26.
For anyone who remembers the Pro-Life vs Pro-Choice protests in Houston, Texas during the mid 1980s, here's several clips of newscasts on Saturday, September 20, 1986 which consists of CBS 11, NBC 2 and Ch. 13 in that order:
Mike McGuff and The Insite both reporting Fox 26 reporter Ford Atkinson will be retiring from Fox 26 after 22 years, joining the station in 1992 and anchored the weekend newscasts in 1997. Before joining KRIV-TV, Atkinson came to Houston in 1982 and worked for KPRC-TV NBC 2 for several years before working for the Harris County Sheriff's Department. McGuff also noted that Atkinson hadn't been seen on the air since last year. Could it be that GM D'Art Bebel is acting like a dictator in driving good folks away from Fox 26 such as the late Robert Smith, Mike Barajas, Cecilia Sinclair, etc., Y'all reaction to Atkinson retiring from Fox 26?