2nd Annual Texas Funniest Reporter Show Line Up
Special Appearance by LeAnn Wallace / Reporter for Spectrum News (Not Competing)
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. When she’s not keeping tabs on state and national politics, LeAnn enjoys yoga, traveling, reading and creating new smoothie recipes in her Vitamix.
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 – San Antonio Press
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.
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.