2nd Annual Texas Funniest Reporter Show Line Up

2nd Annual Texas Funniest Reporter Show Line Up


Christian Flores – CBS Austin
Christian joined CBS Austin in September 2017, and is excited to live and work in the Lone Star State! After graduating from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism with both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree, he began his career at the NBC in Shreveport, LA. There, he covered record flooding from the Red River, countless Mardi Gras parades, and crime. Christian is from the Washington, D.C. area. He loves watching, playing and talking (debating, really) sports, especially football. He was a tight end on the Northwestern football team (and yes, the Big Ten is the best conference in college football). He is also a big-time foodie, so chances are, you will spot him at one of the many fine dining establishments here in Austin.


Alex Stockwell – Spectrum News
Alex Stockwell joined the Spectrum News staff in September 2014 as a reporter. She is a lifelong Texan, graduating from New Braunfels High School – home of the Unicorns – and receiving a degree in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin in 2013. After graduation, Alex was hired as a news reporter at KVEO – the NBC affiliate station in McAllen, Texas. There, she covered serious issues such as immigration and had several stories picked up by NBC affiliates across the country. Alex is also an avid sports fan. She especially loves watching professional and collegiate football and basketball. She is a passionate San Antonio Spurs fan and, of course, cheers hard for all Longhorn sports. Alex defied her family’s fandom for the Dallas Cowboys by adopting the Houston Texans as her new team in 2002 – she’s been a diehard fan since, and even convinced her dad to change his allegiance as well.


Paige Skinner / Dallas Observer
Paige is the social media editor for the Dallas Observer, who regularly covers the important issues, like where The Real Housewives of Dallas are eating. She did a comedy open mic once and she swore she would never do it again, but here we are.


Angela Maldonado – KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
Angela Maldonado is a producer and Audience Engagement Specialist for KLRU’s Decibel. She comes to the team after being a morning/dayside producer at the 24-hour news channel Spectrum News. Before that, she’s spent 8 years in public radio, working as a producer on NPR’s Latino USA and as a Web Editor for Austin’s NPR affiliate, KUT. Outside of work, she’s a producer for Testify, a monthly storytelling show. You can find her performing with her improv troupe around town, record hunting with her boyfriend and taking too many cat pictures for her Instagram.

Jordan Hicks – Spectrum News


Cathy M. Rosenthal – National Pet Columnist
Cathy M. Rosenthal has spent the past 27 years working in public relations, marketing, development, and education for animal shelters, spay and neuter clinics, and national animal welfare groups.
As the pet columnist for the San Antonio Express-News since 2003, Cathy M. Rosenthal has been answering pet questions to help pet parents better understand their companion animals.
www.petpunditpublishing.com


Robert Burns, Anchor at KWKT FOX 44
Robert Burns joined Waco’s new KWKT FOX 44 as the evening news anchor in mid-2017. Previously, he spent his career as a reporter and fill-in anchor at FOX 5 San Diego, WINK in Ft. Myers, FL and KLFY in Lafayette, LA. While he has lived near the beach most of his life, Robert is more than happy to be spending his second stint in the Lone Star State after briefly living in Flower Mound, TX during his college years. In his spare time Robert is a gym rat who loves to be active and outdoors, but is also a total movie buff (sci-fi and 80’s films will always make the cut). Fun fact: Robert was a certified ballroom and Latin dance teacher for two years before taking up TV.


Carlos Garcia / for Spectrum News
Carlos Garcia is a graduate of Texas State University, he began his career in journalism at the CBS station in Waco before heading home to Austin in December of 2015. He enjoys covering a broad range of stories including the 85th legislature, breaking news and human interest stories. He is excited to take participate in the event to benefit Mainstream Mental Health. Please laugh at all of his jokes.


David Martin Davies – Texas Public Radio
David Martin Davies is a veteran journalist with more than 20 years of experience covering Texas, the border and Mexico. Davies is the host of “The Source,” am hour-long live call-in news program that airs on KSTX at noon Monday through Thursday. Since 1999 he was been the host and producer of “Texas Matters,” a weekly radio news magazine and podcast that looks at the issues, events and people in the Lone Star State. Davies was named the 2008 Texas Radio Journalist of the Year by the Houston Press Club. In 2015, he was recognized with two First Amendment Awards by the Fort Worth Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. The Association for Women in Communications San Antonio Professional Chapter honored Davies with the 2015 Edna McGaffey Media Excellence Headliner Award.


Iain Oldman – Community Impact Newspaper
Reporter, Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. He additionally worked with an investigative news organization where he reported on environmental topics and was a featured writer for Epicast Network, a Pittsburgh podcast company. Iain has now transitioned full-time into covering Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto.

2nd Annual Texas Funniest Reporter Show

2nd Annual Texas Funniest Reporter Show
Sunday, September 16th @ 7:30 pm
Cap City Comedy Club
8120 Research Blvd Suite 100
Austin TX 78758
512-467-2333
Purchase Tickets Online (TBA)

The 2nd Annual Texas Funniest Reporter Show will feature seven media professionals each doing five minutes of stand up comedy in order to raise money for the Mainstream Mental Health. At the end of the night, a winner will be declared.

LeAnn Wallace Wins Texas’ Funniest Reporter Show!

 

1st Annual Texas Funniest Reporter Show Participants

1st Annual Texas Funniest Reporter Show Participants


LeAnn Wallace / Reporter for Spectrum News
LeAnn Wallace joined Spectrum News’ political team in December 2012. A Minnesota native, she happily traded in months of snow and cold for months of Texas sunshine and triple-digit temperatures. LeAnn graduated from St. Cloud State University. Before making the move to Austin, she was a reporter and anchor at the Northland’s NewsCenter (KBJR/KDLH) in Duluth, Minnesota. There, she was the station’s lead political reporter, covering everything from the 2008 Republican National Convention to the historic recall election of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. But as LeAnn quickly learned, there’s nothing quite like covering the wily world of Texas politics. When she’s not keeping tabs on state and national politics, LeAnn enjoys yoga, traveling, reading and creating new smoothie recipes in her Vitamix.


Jordan Bontke -CBS TV Austin (KEYE TV)- Multimedia Journalist
Jordan Bontke joined CBS Austin as a Multimedia Journalist in April 2016 and couldn’t be happier to do what he loves everyday for the Central Texas community. He was Born and raised in Northwest Houston & is an avid Astros, Rockets and Texans fan. On his day’s off, you may find him looking for vintage guitars, on run at Lady Bird Lake or gaining those calories back at Home Slice Pizza or Juan in a Million.


Hannah Rucker / Reporter for KLBK/KAMC
Hannah Rucker is a proud native Texan, born and raised in Dallas. Hannah joined the KLBK News team in Lubbock as a Multimedia Reporter in June of 2016. She graduated from Texas State University in May of 2016, with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Psychology. While at Texas State, she anchored the school’s newscast, Bobcat Update. She also was a news reporter for the radio station KTSW, and hosted her own segment “Going Global” where she encouraged the acceptance of other cultures. She has covered a wide range of stories in Lubbock involving: poverty, crime, drug addictions, mental health, and hunger. She enjoys traveling, learning about other cultures, and making people laugh.


Michael Perchick , News Reporter at KVUE TV- ABC
Michael Perchick joined KVUE as a news reporter in 2015. Before coming to Austin, he honed his craft at WAPT, the ABC affiliate in Jackson, Mississippi as a news/sports reporter and producer. Originally from New Jersey, Michael is excited to work in one of the fastest-growing areas in the country, and tell stories that matter to viewers throughout Central Texas.


Paige Skinner / Dallas Observer
Paige is the social media editor for the Dallas Observer, who regularly covers the important issues, like where The Real Housewives of Dallas are eating. She did a comedy open mic once and she swore she would never do it again, but here we are.


Robert Burns, Anchor at KWKT FOX 44
Robert Burns joined Waco’s new KWKT FOX 44 as the evening news anchor in mid-2017. Previously, he spent his career as a reporter and fill-in anchor at FOX 5 San Diego, WINK in Ft. Myers, FL and KLFY in Lafayette, LA. While he has lived near the beach most of his life, Robert is more than happy to be spending his second stint in the Lone Star State after briefly living in Flower Mound, TX during his college years. In his spare time Robert is a gym rat who loves to be active and outdoors, but is also a total movie buff (sci-fi and 80’s films will always make the cut). Fun fact: Robert was a certified ballroom and Latin dance teacher for two years before taking up TV.


Carlos Garcia / for Spectrum News
Carlos Garcia is a graduate of Texas State University, he began his career in journalism at the CBS station in Waco before heading home to Austin in December of 2015. He enjoys covering a broad range of stories including the 85th legislature, breaking news and human interest stories. He is excited to take participate in the event to benefit Mainstream Mental Health. Please laugh at all of his jokes.


Jake Reiner / KPRC-TV Houston
Jake Reiner has been a Reporter with KPRC-TV in Houston for nearly two years. He s a graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications with a degree in broadcast journalism. In 2013, he began his career in television as a multimedia journalist/weekend anchor at KION-TV in Salinas, California.


Brian Gaar
Brian Gaar is a former newspaper journalist who currently writes for the production company Rooster Teeth. He hosted the nightly comedy show ATX Uncensored(ish) on The CW Austin before it got cancelled. In his spare time he also does standup — his special, “Jokes I Wrote At Work,” is now available on Amazon Prime.

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Julie McCullough, Co- Emcee, Texas Funniest Reporter
Julie McCullough is a multi-talented entertainer, most known for her role as Julie Costello, Kirk Cameron’s character’s girlfriend on the hit ABC sitcom “Growing Pains,” . Julie also posted nude for Playboy magazine as a Playmate of the Month back in 1986. She did continue to work, though, guest-starring on shows such as “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “Robin’s Hoods,” and “The Drew Carey Show.” Although still acting, McCullough also performs as a standup comedian and has maintained her ties with Hugh Hefner’s publishing empire by blogging, doing voice work for a Playboy video game, and appearing on the reality program “The Girls Next Door,” which focuses on Hefner’s girlfriends/bunnies.


Dr. John Huber, Co-Emcee- Texas Funniest Reporter Show
Dr. John Huber is the Chairman for Mainstream Mental Health, a non-profit organization that brings lasting and positive change to the lives of individuals that suffer from mental health issues. A mental health professional for over twenty years, Dr. Huber is a Clinical Forensic Psychologist, and he is a practitioner with privileges at two long term acute care hospitals. In addition, Dr. John Huber is a professor and teaches undergraduate and graduate psychology at Texas State University.