KTRK-TV, virtual and VHF digital channel 13, is an ABC owned-and-operated television station licensed to Houston, Texas, United States. The station is owned by the ABC Owned Television Stations subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company (through its Walt Disney Television division). KTRK's studios are located on Bissonnet Street in the Upper Kirby district, and its transmitter is located near Missouri City, in unincorporated northeastern Fort Bend County.
|Branding||ABC 13 (general)
13 Eyewitness News (newscasts)
|Slogan||Houston's News Leader|
|Channels||Digital: 13 (VHF)|
(KTRK Television, Inc.)
|Founded||November 20, 1954|
|Call letters' meaning||derived from radio station KTRH|
|Former callsigns||KXYZ-TV (1954–1955)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
13 (VHF, 1953–2009) Digital: 32 (UHF, 1996-2009)
|Transmitter power||32.4 kW|
- 1 History
- 2 Digital television
- 3 Programming
- 4 News operation
- 5 Gallery
- 6 See also
- 7 External links
- 8 References
The station grew out of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)-imposed VHF "freeze", when three entities vying for the channel 13 assignment, including the Houston Chronicle, decided to merge as Houston Consolidated Television. The group also bought the studio facilities of KNUZ-TV (channel 39), a DuMont affiliate which had gone dark.
The station first signed on the air on November 20, 1954, as KTRK-TV; as the Chronicle was the largest shareholder in the partnership. The station took the ABC affiliation from KPRC-TV (channel 2) and has stayed aligned with the network since its debut. The station's original studio facilities were located at 4513 Cullen Boulevard (at the defunct Texas Television Center district on the University of Houston campus); this studio later housed KHTV (now CWaffiliate KIAH, the present channel 39) and PBS member station KUHT(channel 8). Like many stations located on "unlucky" channel 13, it used a black cat as its mascot.
In 1955, the Chronicle bought out its partners. Although this theoretically left the paper free to change its callsign to KTRH-TV to match its radio station, it opted not to. However, for years it called itself "The Houston ChronicleStation." Soon afterward, the station moved to its current Bissonnet Street facility. The studio was the first domed structure in town, predating the better-known Astrodome by ten years. Both projects were designed by the same architect, Hermon Lloyd. he station grew out of the VHF "freeze", when three entities vying for the channel 13 assignment, including the Houston Chronicle, decided to merge as Houston Consolidated Television. They bought the studio facilities of the defunct KNUZ-TV (channel 39), a DuMont affiliate which had gone dark. As the Chronicle was the largest shareholder in the company, the station went on the air on November 20, 1954 as KTRK-TV, derived from the Chronicle's radio station, KTRH. The station was an ABC affiliate; during the late 1950s, the station was also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.
The original studio facilities were located at 4513 Cullen Blvd (at the defunct Texas Television Center district in the University of Houstoncampus); this studio later housed KHTV (later KHWB and KHCW, now KIAH, the present channel 39) and PBS member station KUHT(channel 8).
In 1955, the Chronicle bought out its partners. Although this theoretically left the paper free to change its calls to KTRH-TV to match its radio sister, it opted not to do so. However, for years it called itself "The Houston Chronicle Station." Soon afterward, the station moved to its current Bissonnet Street location. The studio was the first domed structure in town, preceding the better-known Astrodome by 10 years. Both projects were built by the same architect, Hermon Lloyd. Like many stations located on "unlucky" channel 13, it used a black cat as its mascot.
Early programs involved a heavy emphasis on local flavor and reflected themes of the day. Some of the more popular local shows included:
- Kitirik: a children's oriented program, hosted by an actress in a cat costume.
- Cadet Don: A Space-themed adventure program for children, focusing on the exploits of an interstellar adventurer and the locations he visited.
- Dialing for Dollars: A game show of sorts where a viewer would be phoned by the host and would win a cash prize by answering questions.
- Good Morning Houston: The successor to Dialing for Dollars which debuted in the late 1970s and expanded to include discussions on local events and topics important to viewer's lifestyles.
In 1967, the Chronicle sold KTRK to Capital Cities Broadcasting (later to become Capital Cities Communications), earning a handsome return on its 1937 purchase of KTRH. Under Capital Cities ownership, KTRK introduced its "Circle 13" logo – which is loosely patterned after the Circle 7 logo long used by ABC stations and affiliates broadcasting on channel 7 – in 1971. The original version, used until 1995, was set in a Helvetica typeface, with the bottom of the "3" trailing off outside the circle (similar also to the way the stem of the number 7 terminates at the bottom of the Circle 7 logo)--a nod to livestock branding of the Old West. Capital Cities bought ABC in 1986, making KTRK an ABC owned-and-operated station and the first network-owned television station in the state of Texas. That year, the trailing portion of the station's logo was "trimmed" and was turned slightly horizontal in a similar fashion to the present-day version (the logo began to be superimposed over a stylized version of the Texas state flag on July 3, 1992). Capital Cities/ABC was sold to The Walt Disney Company in early 1996. Not long after, the new Disney-led ownership directed KTRK-TV to clear the entire ABC schedule, though there have been instances where local special events have aired in place of network programming (the annual running of the Chevron Houston Marathon is one notable example of this as live race coverage, anchored by the station's news team, preempted the Sunday edition of Good Morning America).
On April 30, 2000, a dispute between Disney and Time Warner Cable forced KTRK off cable systems within the Houston market for over 24 hours during the May sweeps period. Other ABC stations in markets served by Time Warner Cable, such as New York City, Los Angeles, andRaleigh/Durham, were also affected by the outage as well before the FCC forced TWC to restore service to those areas on May 2.  In 2007, Time Warner traded the Houston franchise for Dallas-Fort Worth's Comcast.Capital Cities/ABC was sold to the Walt Disney Company in early 1996. Not long after, the new Disney-led ownership directed KTRK-TV to clear the entire ABC schedule, though there have been times when local special events are aired in place of network programming.
As of 2019, KTRK is the only major network affiliate in Houston that continues to occupy its legacy studios from the 20th century. Fox owned-and-operated KRIV (channel 26) relocated to its current facility in 1997; while in 2017, KPRC-TV constructed a new studio complex in the parking lot of its previous 1970s-era facility that would later be demolished. CBS affiliate KHOU (channel 11) would lose its facilities (originally built in 1960) to damage from Hurricane Harvey later in 2017 and eventually relocated to an office building along Westheimer Road near Uptown Houston. Consequently, KTRK is now also the only Big Three affiliate with studios located inside Loop 610.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channels||Video||Aspect||PSIP short name||Programming|
|13.1||720p||16:9||KTRK-HD||Main KTRK-TV Programming/ABC|
KTRK-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over VHF channel 13, on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television. As most of ABC's owned-and-operated stations moved their digital channels to their former analog allocation post-transition, the station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 32 to VHF channel 13 for post-transition operations.
The station's two digital subchannels, which originally featured additional news coverage and features programming on 13.2 and The Local AccuWeather Channel on 13.3, would eventually take on their current subchannel affiliations upon their respective launches (2009 in the case of Live Well Network; 2015 in the case of Laff). In 2015, Live Well no longer produced original programming and was moribund. On February 17, 2020, the ABC Owned Television Stations division launched the rebranded Localish subchannel.
Past program preemptions and deferrals
Under Capital Cities ownership, KTRK preempted some ABC programs, though not nearly as much as some of the network's other affiliates, such as Philadelphia sister station WPVI-TV. It ran The Edge of Night in pattern at 3 p.m. CT from the program's ABC premiere. In mid-April 1977, it was dropped when KTRK added their Live at 5 newscast which would have cut the station's profitable afternoon staple Million Dollar Movie from two hours to 90 minutes. The less profitable Edge was dropped instead, and Million Dollar Movie was pushed back into the 3-5 time slot until September 1992 (though KTRK did air some Afterschool Specials). Many of the other programs that channel 13 declined to air were not widely run in many markets, though KTRK did preempt the first half-hour of Good Morning America in favor of a local newscast, continuing into the early 1990s when the newscast was moved to a pre-7 a.m. start time. After 1991, the station's only regular preemption was the first half-hour of The Home Show, an arrangement which continued when the show morphed into Mike and Maty, though many ABC affiliates also preempted and moved those series due to their lack of success (The View has been seen in full since its premiere).
KTRK has long differed from many ABC-owned stations in that it never aired The Oprah Winfrey Show, which had been a staple on all of ABC's other O&Os since 1986 (having its roots in a morning show hosted by the titular host on sister station WLS-TVin Chicago) until it left the air in 2011. Until 2015, it also never carried the current syndicated editions of Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune, also mainstays on ABC's O&Os for around the same time period. All three programs, distributed by CBS Television Distribution and predecessor company King World, have aired instead on CBS affiliate KHOU (channel 11) since 1986 (the latter two began on NBC affiliate KPRC-TV) and were crucial to KHOU's rise from one of CBS's weakest affiliates during the 1980s to one of its strongest by the 1990s. In fact, at one point during the late 1980s until 1992, Donahue was the only syndicated daytime program on KTRK's lineup. This was largely due to its hour-long 6 p.m. newscast (which debuted in September 1982) as well as its popular movie showcases and local programming at the time, including Good Morning Houston and the aforementioned Million Dollar Movie which aired at 3 p.m. over two hours from mid-April 1977 to September 1992 (from September 1972 to mid-April 1977 it aired at 3:30); Oprah traditionally aired on 4 p.m. on ABC's other O&Os in addition to KHOU. Starting on September 14, 2015, KTRK began airing Jeopardy! at 3 p.m. before Inside Edition, making KTRK the last ABC-owned station to carry the long-running quiz show. However, KHOU, which has expanded its 4 p.m. newscast to one hour in place of Jeopardy!, continues to air Wheel in its traditional 6:30 p.m. time slot, making Houston the largest TV market where both game shows don't air on the same station. As of 2019, Jeopardy! has been moved to 11:30 a.m. following KTRK's 11 a.m. newscast.
Despite the cancellation of the Million Dollar Movie by 1992, KTRK nonetheless filled the two hours (as well as that of Good Morning Houston which it canceled in 1993) with talk shows hosted by Sally Jessy Raphael, Geraldo Rivera and Jerry Springer, and also picked up The Rosie O'Donnell Show in 1996, eventually airing opposite Oprah at 4 p.m. Since debuting its 4 p.m. newscast in 2001, KTRK was left with only three hours of programming outside of local and ABC programs, mainly distributed from corporate sibling Disney–ABC Domestic Television and its predecessor Buena Vista Television, including short-lived talk shows from Wayne Brady, Tony Danza and Katie Couric as well as the syndicated edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, itself a former ABC network program, which ended its run in 2019. It would not carry Live! (which is produced by sister station WABC-TV in New York) until 2002 when KTRK gained the Houston rights to the show from WB affiliate KHWB (channel 39, now CW affiliate KIAH).
As of 2019, outside of Jeopardy! and Live with Kelly and Ryan (the current incarnation of Live!), KTRK's only other first-run syndicated programs include Inside Edition and Tamron Hall. The station also airs off-network reruns of Wipeout and Castle, both former ABC programs, during weekend late nights. Sports coverage KTRK has been the official television home of the Houston Texans since the team began play in 2002. The station has televised all of the NFL franchise's preseason games that are not carried on national television since the team's inception, and also carries Texans 360, a weekly recap of highlights and news coverage of the Texans, on Saturday nights at 11:00 p.m. following its 10 p.m. newscast throughout the entire year. In addition during the Texans' regular season, KTRK airs the post-game show Houston Texans Inside the Game (hosted by sports director Greg Bailey and Spencer Tillman) on Sunday nights at 10:35 p.m.; a recap where Bailey and Texans head coach Bill O'Brien review the previous Sunday's game during KTRK's 6 p.m. newscast the day following the Texans game (usually on Mondays); and Extra Points: Houston Texans Edition, an extension of its sports program Extra Points, on Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. KTRK also has the right of first refusal to Texans Monday night games thanks to its common ownership with ESPN, usually deferring to another station in the Houston market when it conflicts with live telecasts of ABC's Dancing with the Stars.
KTRK also has served as the official local television home of the Houston Marathon, which airs live on the morning of the race and preempts any local, network or syndicated programs that air during the marathon.
Historically, KTRK was the original television home of the Houston Astros, from the team's inaugural season in 1962 until 1971; however, the station only aired the team's Sunday afternoon road games. It also broadcast any Astros games that were part of ABC's broadcast contract with Major League Baseball from 1976 to 1989. KTRK also broadcast both of the Houston Dynamo's MLS Cup titles (which both aired on ABC in 2006 and 2007 as part of that network's Major League Soccer coverage) and also carries select nationally televised Houston Rockets games via ABC's network coverage of the NBA.
KTRK presently broadcasts 44 hours, 55 minutes of locally produced newscasts each week (including 7 hours, 5 minutes each weekday; five hours on Saturdays; and 4½ hours on Sundays). The station airs its 10 p.m. newscasts for one full hour on weekends and the standard 35 minutes on weeknights (since 1991), and has long carried the only hourlong prime access hour(6 p.m. CT) newscast of any ABC owned-and-operated station.
Appropriate for a station with roots in the Houston Chronicle, KTRK has long been a very news-intensive station. However, in the first two decades KTRK traditionally placed a distant third in the Houston ratings behind rivals KPRC and KHOU, which at times, took turns at No. 1 during this period and benefited from stronger NBC and CBS programming, respectively. Meanwhile, KTRK's ABC offerings that traditionally placed third nationally during this time. However, following its acquisition of KTRK, Capital Cities began to invest heavily into the station's newscasts, which would take on the Eyewitness News name in the 1970s—albeit in name only as the newscasts themselves would bear a closer resemblance to those of the Action News format pioneered by longtime KTRK sister station WPVI-TV in Philadelphia versus the actual Eyewitness News format pioneered at ABC network flagship WABC-TV in New York. Since the 1970s, KTRK's newscasts have long led Houston's news ratings for most of the last 40 years, coinciding with the rise of ABC's prime time ratings during the 1970s, and are also among the highest-rated newscasts in the United States. KTRK ranks in first place among various demographics such as men and women 18 to 49 and 25 to 54 years old, African Americans and suburban audiences. In addition to KTRK's longtime ratings dominance in news, KTRK also ranks #1 sign-on to sign-off and often places first in prime time viewership, outperforming ABC's national prime time ratings.
KTRK's success over the years has been attributed in large part to the station having both popular personalities and the most experienced news team in the Greater Houston market. Many of the station's anchors and reporters have been at the station for at least 15–20 years, with some even dating back to KTRK's days under Capital Cities ownership. From 1968 to 2017, Dave Ward served as the station's main anchor, the longest tenure of anyone in American television history, and continues to contribute periodically to the station with various feature segments.
KTRK also became known for its legendary consumer and investigative reporter, Marvin Zindler, whose week-long reports on a La Grange brothel in 1973 led to the closing of the Chicken Ranch, a bordello that was later immortalized in the musical and film, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and ZZ Top's hit song "La Grange." Zindler was also widely noted in the Houston market for his Friday night Rat and Roach Report focusing on Houston restaurants that have failed health inspections, which ended with his trademark line "Slime in the Ice Machine". Zindler signed a lifetime contract with KTRK in 1988, making him the first person ever offered such a contract by then-owner Capital Cities, which had a reputation for being a financially frugal company. Zindler continued to work for the station until his death from pancreatic cancer in 2007, even filing reports from his hospital bed during treatment. As of 2013, the station's consumer reporting is now handled by Action 13 consumer investigator Jeff Ehling and Stretch Your Dollar feature reporter Patricia Lopez, while the station's investigative reporting is now handled by investigative reporter Ted Oberg.
During the 1970s and 1980s, Ward and co-anchor Jan Carson, along with Zindler, sports director Bob Allen and weatherman Ed Brandon, led KTRK to the #1 position at 6 and 10 p.m. In mid-April 1977 the station also debuted its 5 p.m. newscast, Live At Five, which also grew to become the top-rated program in its timeslot, and saw its 6 p.m. newscast expand to a full hour by September 1982, replacing the syndicated version of Family Feud which had moved to KPRC-TV. Later in the 1980s, Ward was joined on the anchor desk by Live at Five anchor Shara Fryer (Carson left KTRK in 1979 for ABC O&O KGO-TV in San Francisco before returning to Houston to anchor at KPRC-TV in 1983). While the newscasts (and ABC's prime time lineup) came to dominate the Houston ratings during the 1980s well into the 1990s, KTRK also had to face spirited competition from KPRC-TV, which became one of the most respected NBC affiliates in the country during the 1980s as NBC came to lead the national prime time ratings, as well as a resurgent KHOU by the dawn of the 1990s and new competition from charter Fox owned-and-operated station KRIV and independent stations KHTV (now CW affiliate KIAH) and KNWS (channel 51; the latter operating as a 24-hour "all news" channel) during this period, even though the latter two eventually shut down their news operations later in the 1990s due to poor ratings.
On October 7, 2002, new Chief Meteorologist Tim Heller (who joined from Fox O&O KDFW in Dallas) would succeed Brandon as the station's lead weatherman, presiding over the station's 10 p.m. and Live at Five weather reports while Brandon would continue to preside over the station's 6 p.m. weather reports until his retirement in 2007 after a 35-year career (with occasional appearances as a fill-in weather anchor afterwards), while Fryer would be succeeded by former MSNBC anchor (and former KTRK morning anchor) Gina Gaston the prior year, with Gaston settling into the position during KTRK's wall-to-wall coverage of Tropical Storm Allison. On August 13, 2007, KTRK became the second television station in the Houston market to begin broadcasting portions of its local newscasts in high definition, becoming the seventh ABC-owned station to make the transition.
In January 2013, sports director Bob Allen left KTRK after a 38-year career with the station, having been succeeded by Greg Bailey (who held the same position at WCNC-TV in Charlotte) four months prior on September 4, 2012. (Allen would later join KHOU as their lead sports anchor, remaining in that position until his death in 2016.) On January 11, 2019, chief meteorologist Tim Heller retired from KTRK after a 17-year career, and was replaced by current chief meteorologist Travis Herzog on the following Monday, January 14.
In recent years, KTRK has expanded its news offerings to include a 4 p.m. newscast that launched in the late summer of 2001. On August 17, 2009, KTRK became the first station in the market to expand its weekday morning newscast to 4:30 a.m., with all of KTRK's competitors following suit later in the year. On August 26, 2013, KTRK-TV split its hourlong 6 p.m. newscast into two separate half hours, with the 6 p.m. half-hour continuing with Dave Ward and Gina Gaston, while Erik Barajas and Ilona Carson would take over as anchors of the newly rechristened 6:30 p.m. newscast; following Ward's retirement in 2017, Live at Fiveanchor Art Rascon would take Ward's place at 6 p.m., with the station expanding its 10:00 p.m. newscast to one hour on weekends beginning January 4, 2014. On September 10, 2018, KTRK became the first television station in Texas to air a 3 p.m. newscast.
KTRK began producing an hour-long 9 p.m. newscast for KIAH (channel 39) in May 2020 though an agreement with Nexstar Media Group. The newscast bears the Eyewitness News branding and staff members, but is broadcast on the CW affiliate. It is also streamed live on the websites of both KIAH and KTRK.
In August 2019, news director Wendy Granato was promoted to general manager for the station. She was the first woman to lead the newsroom and became the first woman to take the reins of the entire station.
- KTRK Television Newsreel (1954–1962)
- The Texas News (1962–1965)
- Channel 13 News (1965–1971)
- Channel 13 Eyewitness News (1971–present; used as 13 Eyewitness News since 1971)
- 13 Eyewitness News (1998–present)
- 13 Eyewitness News HD (2007–present)
- The Houston Chronicle Station (1954–1971)
- Houston's Choice for News (1971–1984)
- Channel 13's The One You Can Turn To (1978-1979; localized version of ABC campaign)
- You and Me and Channel 13 (1980-1981; localized version of ABC campaign)
- Come on Along with Channel 13 (1982–1983; localized version of ABC campaign)
- That Special Feeling on Channel 13 (1983–1984; localized version of ABC campaign)
- You`ll Love It on Channel 13 (1985-1986; localized version of ABC campaign)
- Houston's Great! (1985–1987; used during period station used Frank Gari's "Turn To News")
- Together On Channel 13 (1986-1987; localized version of ABC campaign)
- Something's Happening on Channel 13 (1987-1990; localized version of "Something's Happening on ABC" campaign)
- Together We Care (1987–1992; primarily for PSAs)
- Caring Makes The Difference (1989–1992)
- Houston's Watching KTRK (1990-1992; localized version of "America's Watching ABC" campaign)
- If It's Houston, It Must Be Channel 13 (1992-1993; localized version of "It Must Be ABC" campaign)
- 13 Cares About Texas (1992–present; often read as "We Care About Texas", still used for PSAs)
- Share the Experience (1993–1994)
- Houston's News Leader (1995–present)
- TV is Good, On ABC-13 (1997-1998; localized version of ABC campaign)
- We Love TV, on ABC-13 (1998-1999; localized version of ABC campaign)
Current on-air staff
- Tom Koch - weekday mornings (4:30-7AM)
- Samica Knight - weekday mornings (4:30-7AM)
- Art Rascon - weekdays at 11AM and 5PM
- Melanie Lawson - weekdays at 11AM and 5PM
- Eric Barajas - weekdays at 3 and 4PM and weeknights at 6, 6:30, and 10pm
- Illona Carson - weekdays at 3 and 4PM and weeknights at 6:30pm
- Gina Gaston - weeknights at 6 and 10PM
- Erica Simon - weekend morning anchor (saturdays at 5:30-7AM & 9-10AM and sundays at 6-7AM & 8-10AM)
- Steven Romo - weekend morning anchor (saturdays at 5:30-7AM & 9-10AM and sundays at 6-7AM & 8-10AM)
- Tom Abrahams - weekend anchor (saturdays at 4, 6 and 10pm, sundays at 4, 5:30, and 10pm)
- Mayra Moreno - weekend anchor (saturdays at 4, 6, and 10pm, sundays at 4, 5:30, and 10pm)
13 Eyewitness Weather
- David Tilman - chief meteorologist; weekdays at 5, 6, 6:30, and 10pm
- Travis Herzog - meteorologist; weekdays at 3, 4, and 5pm
- Elita Loresca - meteorologist; weekdays from 4:30-7AM and 11AM
- Kevin Roth - meteorologist; saturdays at 5:30-7AM & 9-10AM and Sundays at 6-7AM & 8-10AM
- Rachel Briers - meteorologist; saturdays at 4, 6, and 10pm and sundays at 4, 5:30, and 10pm
- Greg Bailey - sports director; weeknights at 6:00, 6:30, and 10:00 p.m.
- Bob Slovak - sports anchor; Saturdays at 6:00, Sundays at 5:30, and weekends at 10:00 p.m.; also sports reporter
- David Nuno - sports anchor; weekend mornings (5:30-6:00 on Saturdays and 6:00-7:00 and 8:00-10:00 a.m. on weekends); also sports reporter anchor
Reporters (In alphabetical order)
- Brhe Berry - general assignment reporter
- Charly Edsitty - general assignment reporter
- Chauncy Glover - general assignment reporter
- Chaz Miller - general assignment reporter
- Cory McGinnis - general assignment reporter
- Courtney Fischer - general assignment reporter
- Elissa Rivas - general assignment reporter
- Jeff Ehling - general assignment reporter
- Jessica Willey - general assignment reporter
- Keaton Fox - data strategy manger
- Marla Carter - general assignment reporter
- Miya Shay - general assignment reporter
- Mycah Hatfield - general assignment reporter
- Nick Natario - general assignment reporter
- Pooja Lodhia - general assignment reporter
- Roxie Bustamante - general assignment reporter
- Shelley Childers - general assignment reporter
- Stefania Okolie - general assignment reporter
- Steve Champion - general assignment reporter
- Ted Oberg - general assignment reporter
- T.J. Parker - reporter
Former on-air staff
- Chris Adams (retired)
- Bob Allen - longtime sport anchor/director (1975-2013, later at KHOU-TV, deceased)
- Dan Ammerman – anchored the news with Dave Ward - one of the founders of the Ammerman Experience - actor - played different characters on "Dallas"
- Vicente Arenas – (currently with KHOU)
- Elma Barrera – Houston's first female Hispanic reporter
- Tedd Bennett – weather on 7am news
- Paul Boesch – hosted Friday night wrestling show - wrestling show later moved to Channel 39 in Houston
- Kitty Borah – hostess of "Kitty's Corner" a morning children's program, co-anchor 7 A.M. News 1972-73
- Bob Boudreaux – weekend anchor
- Leslie Brinkley- Reporter Now at KGO-TV in San Francisco
- Doug Brown – longtime meteorologist (1976-2008; later retired; deceased)
- Ed Brandon – longtime chief meteorologist (1972–1989 and 1990-2008; later retired; deceased)
- Jan Carson – 6 and 10 p.m. co-anchor (until 1980; later at KGO-TV in San Francisco, then returned to Houston in the mid 1980s as co-anchor at KPRC)
- Katishia Cosley – reporter (2007–2008; now with KIAH-TV)
- Mary Ellen Conway – first female reporter
- Chris Curle – reporter (mid 1970s)
- Joe Diaz – meteorologist, Now at KOAT in Albuquerque
- Thom Dickerson – reporter
- Debra Duncan (now at KHOU; Duncan also had a locally based talk show (1998–2002); plans for ABC/Disney to pick it up fell through)
- Troy Dungan – meteorologist (To 1976; hosted "Dialing for Dollars" and "Turn On" on KTRK; later at WFAA-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth; retired)
- Tom Evans – weather anchor (early-mid 1960s)
- Lis Exon – police/investigative reporter (1990s; now news manager at OETA in Tulsa, Oklahoma)
- Diana Fallis – KTRK's first African American female anchor (later served as a media relations liaison with Prairie View A & M University)
- Howard Finch – news anchor on 7am news
- Shara Fryer – anchor/senior corespondent (1983-2006)
- Mark Garay – weekend morning anchor
- Cyndy Garza-Roberts - host of Viva Houston in the 1980s/1990s, now a spokesperson for H-E-B.
- Roland Galvan – meteorologist (mid-1980s; died December 2005)
- Stephen S. Gauvain (died in 1996 when a Ford Explorer SUV flipped over during the coverage of the Hilton Crawford murder trial in Huntsville, TX; the cause of the accident, a defective Firestone tire, would later lead to an investigation exposed by rival KHOU that led to numerous lawsuits and a complete recall of the tires)
- Joe Giardina - General Assignment Reporter (1977-1978, now advertising exec for 84 Outdoor Southern Division)
- David Glodt – reporter (1970s-1980s)
- Stephanie Guadian – weekend evening anchor/reporter (2002-2008, now morning anchor at KFOX-TV in El Paso
- Nydia Han – fill-in Anchor/consumer reporter (now with WPVI-TV in Philadelphia)
- Regina Hall-Woolfolk - host of Crossroads in the 1990s & 2000s, now Deputy Director of Media Relations for HPD.
- Alan Hemberger – midday/5pm anchor (1989–1998; later at KIAH-TV, deceased)
- Corin Hoggard – fill-in anchor/reporter (currently reporter at KFSN in Fresno, California)
- John Nigel Davenport (died in 1991)
- James Irby – reporter (2000–2004; now weekend anchor at KTBC in Austin)
- Eric James- reporter (2006-2009)
- Debbi Johnson – reporter/anchor (left in 1991)
- Heidi Jones – meteorologist (later at WABC in New York)
- Larry Kane – host of The Larry Kane Show (1959–1971) - later moved to KPRC-TV in Houston
- Cheryle Keck – morning anchor (deceased)
- Ed Kilgore – sports anchor/reporter (1971–1973; now at WGRZ-TV in Buffalo)
- Don Kobos – reporter (19??-2000; later became KTRK's assistant news director)
- Andrea Lucia- reporter (2009)
- Dan Lovett – sports anchor (left in 1974 for WABC-TV in New York; also later anchored at KGO-TV in San Francisco, has since returned to Houston)
- Darren Lyn (left to become a Houston-based reporter for ABC's corporate cousin ESPN. Now reporter with WSB-TV in Atlanta)
- Tim Malloy – anchor (1989–1994; now at WPTV in West Palm Beach)
- Tim Melton - longtime sports anchor (1981-2013, retired)
- Jeff McShan – reporter (1992–1993; now at KHOU)
- Doug Murphy – weekend sports anchor (moved to KPIX-TV in San Francisco (1980–2005); died in 2005 in a house fire in Lafayette, California)
- Patrick Nolan – reporter (2000–2003; now evening anchor at WFTX in Fort Myers, Florida)
- Gene Norman – weekend meteorologist (now chief meteorologist at KHOU-TV)
- Ed O’Brien - longtime voiceover for KTRK-TV (1999-2015)
- Bunny Orsak – host of The Kitirik Show (1954–1972; first woman on-screen for KTRK)
- Minerva Perez – morning and 11AM anchor (resigned after contract dispute)
- Charles Porter – reporter
- Sylvan Rodriguez – anchor (1977–1987; later at KHOU-TV, deceased)
- Betty Rogers – co-host of Dialing for Dollars (mid-1960s to mid-1970s)
- Dan Rosen – reporter (1970s); now law professor in Tokyo
- Jim Rosenfield (later at WCBS-TV in New York City; retired from TV)
- Tim Ryan – reporter (1981–1983; now at KDFW-TV in Dallas)
- Guy Savage – sports director/anchor (mid 1960s; deceased)
- 'Claudette Sims - Host of Crossrads in the 1980s & 1990s
- Lisa Trapani – co-host of Good Morning Houston & Weekend Anchor, General Reporter (1991–2000; now marketing director at KHOU)
- Alvin Van Black – entertainment/nightlife reporter, particularly "Alvin at Night" segments during 10 p.m. newscasts on Friday nights (1987–1998; died in 2001)
- Evangelina Vigil-Piñón - host and producer of Viva Houston, which aired Sundays
- Dave Ward - longtime anchorman (1972-2017; retired)
- Laura Whitley – reporter (2004–2009)
- Arthur Wood – reporter/producer/anchor/news software programmer (1978–1987; now General Manager at WYCC-TV20 PBS Chicago)
- Bill Young - longtime voiceover for KTRK-TV (1970s-1999, deceased)
- Marvin Zindler – consumer anchor/Action 13 reporter (1973–2007; deceased)
- Larry J. Leonard - 5:30 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. shows; Entertainment News with Don Nelson (1994 - 1996)
- Brian Shields - 5:30 a.m. News (1996-1998; died 2014in California)
KTRK's "Circle 13" logo is similar to that for sister station WTVG in Toledo, Ohio, only that KTRK calls itself ABC 13 while WTVG is known as 13 ABC (also WTVG's version of the logo does not include a design of the Texas state flag).
Its previous logo, which ran from 1971 until 1995, was a crooked "Circle 13." It recalled livestock branding of the Old West and was set in Helvetica font, with the bottom of the "3" trailing off out of the circle. In 1986 because of the Capital Cities/ABC Merger, the trailing portion was "trimmed" as the logo was turned slightly horizontal in a similar fashion to today's version. Since July 3, 1992, both logos have been superimposed over a stylized version of the Texas state flag.
- Circle 7 logo (The Circle 13 is the derivative of the Circle 7.)
- KTRK-TV Website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KTRK-TV
- Program Information for KTRK at TitanTV.com
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