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 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.
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.