These are the four faces behind two of the most recognized people in Lubbock. At our homes, we have watched Karin and Abner grow up on TV for years. But at their homes, they have watched their own kids grow up.
After graduating Texas Tech last year, 23-year-old Morgan McCay is going to graduate school at Tarlton State in Stephenville. She wants to someday work in PR or sales in the agricultural industry. She wants nothing to do with TV. "I don't think I want to do that at all!" she said.
Maybe because all of her life, including her 14-year-old brother, Jacob, spent years on TV.
"She was doing a shot on HealthWise about how it's unsafe to eat raw cookie dough. I remember as a kid, I had to ask if I could lick the bowl," said Jacob.
"I do remember one time she needed a kid to play sick in school. It was a lot of fun for me when looking back. Mom and I talk about how well I played sick and mom would wonder if I were really sick or when I played sick to get out of school," recalled Morgan.
You have seen Morgan and Jacob on NewsChannel 11 Christmas ID's. That is one of the many perks of being a TV anchor's kid. You get noticed.
But over the years, they have developed their own identity. Jacob, who is in the ninth grade at Lubbock Cooper High School, says he blends in like any other kid.
"I've been going to Cooper so long they know me as Jacob and not Karin's kid," said Jacob.
"I'm Kiersten and I am Kelsey."
These girls are Abner's 10-year-old twin daughters. Their story is special to the Euresti family.
When Abner married Tara five years ago, Abner embraced these little girls and loved them like his own. The day of the wedding, the girls started calling him Dad.
"He's a great dad. He'll always be there for us," said the girls.
At the time, they did not know that Dad was "The" Abner Euresti. "As we grew up we figured, oh, he's on TV!"
They admit, they like having a Dad on TV. Because that means they get to be on TV too. They have been seen on a few Children's Miracle Network shows in the last few years.
"Every time we get a chance to do something, we're always psyched," said Kelsey.
But being on TV is not what they want to do when they grow up. "I plan on being a doctor," said Kiersten. "I've always liked computers so my dream job is to be a computer engineer," said Kelsey.
Kiersten and Kelsey spend their Saturdays and Sundays with their dad, running errands and playing games like Trivia. "He can answer most of the questions, but there's been times he can't answer them," said the girls.
These two families have merged over the years. They spend nearly every weekend together. A collage on Karin's refrigerator shows how their kids have grown up as one big family. The kids even consider each other as brother and sisters.
But let's cut to the chase. Let's ask them the tough questions. Is Karin really that sweet, smiling lady we all see on TV? "There have been times where she's been really mad at us and then she's on the news and doesn't act any different. But we know when she comes home, she'll remember why she's still mad at us," said Morgan.
What about Abner, is he always this serious away from the anchor desk? "He's a funny and a relaxed guy," said his daughters.
But most of all Karin and Abner, your kids tell us how they are proud of you. "She does a great job balancing being a mom and home and making a huge impact on other people's lives as well as ours," said Morgan.
"I was so proud when she got to run the Olympic torch," said Jacob.
"He's planning on being on the air for a lot longer and we want that because he's great at what he does. We want him to continue," said the girls.
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