They are the people you invite into your home on a daily basis through the magic of television. Television news faces. Throughout NewsChannel 11's existence, many faces have come and gone, and keeping track of their whereabouts can sometimes be tricky. NewsChannel 11's Russell Haythorn set out to find those former NewsChannel 11 reporters, sportscasters and weathermen and women who have since moved on with their TV careers.
"Whatever happened to me, Jeff Vaughn? Well, I'm in Detroit, Michigan working as a general assignments reporter for the NBC affiliate here. We're standing along the banks of the Detroit River. You might see the Ambassador Bridge in the background. That is between Canada and the United States. I've been here for about three years now and I've covered a lot of stories. Certainly, I do miss a lot of the things about Lubbock. I especially miss those warm winters, it gets pretty cold up here. I miss the people and the hospitality and I'll tell you what, the food down there is great. You just don't have the barbecue ribs up here that you do down there. That's what's going on with me, thanks so much for checking in and I wish you the best in Lubbock," Jeff Vaughn, WDIV-TV, Detroit, Michigan.
"Hi everybody in Lubbock. It's Kristen Cusato, the former weekend anchor of KCBD. I want to let you know where I am and where I've been the past five years. I'm in the same place I left Lubbock for, which is WTNH, the ABC affiliate in New Haven, Connecticut. Since I've left, I've been working as a reporter, weekend anchor and now morning anchor of Good Morning Connecticut from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. It's a great time here, I really love it a lot. I just wanted to let you know that I had a fabulous time in Lubbock and I met some amazing people and I have so many great memories. From going to Texas Tech University football games, to going to the Hub City Brewery with my friends. Lubbock will always have a special place in my heart. Miss you guys, take care and 'hi' Karen, Abner, and Benji and to all my wonderful friends there. Maybe we'll see you soon," Kristen Cusato, WTNH, New Haven, Connecticut.
"Hi, my name is Mike Hoss and I was the sports director in Lubbock at KCBD in the late 1980's. After leaving the Hub, I took a job here in New Orleans and recently moved to the news anchor desk. I got married seven years ago. My wife and I have two beautiful daughters, Allison who is three, and Katie who is 16 months. I have many fond memories of my days in Lubbock. One of my favorites was one night when Karin McCay taught me, the Virginia boy, how to Texas Two Step in the sports office. Best wishes to everyone," Mike Hoss, WWL, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Here's a list of some others you may be wondering about. Shar Spalding is now with KOB-TV in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Staci Spanos is working at WJXT in Jacksonville, Florida. Joe Conger is with KENS in San Antonio. Carey Allen is now at WACH in Columbia, South Carolina. Becky Freemal and Sula Kim are both with WBAY in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Steve McCauley is with WFAA in Dallas. And Brian Martin is with WHEC-TV in Rochester, New York.