April 2, 2008

KHOU-TV/DT, Channel 11 Welcomes New Weekend Morning Anchor

HOUSTON, TX -- Award winning reporter/anchor Allison Triarsi has joined KHOU, Channel 11 from KSTP in Minneapolis. She will anchor 11 News Saturday Morning beginning April 5th.

Triarsi has been recognized the last three years for her role in breaking stories that ranged from spot news to investigative journalism. Most recently she earned a National Headliner award and a Broadcaster's Association award for her coverage of the bridge collapse in Minnesota last August that claimed 13 lives.

Triarsi, who was on her way home and just about to cross the bridge minutes after the collapse, wound up being the first TV reporter on the scene.

"I noticed something wasn't right. A car was driving erratically just in front of me. I got out and walked onto the bridge until it broke off. Below were six crumpled cars, and up ahead a tanker truck on fire."

Minutes later she was calling in the first television accounts from her cell phone.

"Allison is a dedicated journalist and we are delighted she has joined our news team," says KHOU-TV/DT Executive News Director Keith Connors.

She began her career working in Los Angeles at KCBS as a segment producer then moved to Wausau-Madison Wisconsin for the opportunity to report and anchor. There she garnered statewide attention with an investigation revealing nursing home abuses.

Her success in breaking news led to a promotion as an Investigative Reporter in Memphis. While there she uncovered a seven state illegal hazardous waste dump site that led to federal criminal investigation and convictions.

"I first visited Houston as a child when I came to visit my aunt," says the California native of her move to Houston. "I love the South, being near the water and crawfish boils, it feels like home. I've ridden horses since I could walk and I love the outdoor life Texas offers."

Triarsi was an honors graduate at the University of Redlands in California where she majored in Government. She holds a Masters in Journalism from the University of Southern California.