Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Historic Hotel Swamped By Harvey Slowly Rebuilding

https://www.khou.com/video/features/citys-oldest-hotel-bouncing-back-post-harvey/285-8125975

This is a story I pitched numerous times before actually doing it.  The historic Lancaster Hotel is located two blocks from where I live.  So I've noticed all of the work that has taken place since Hurricane Harvey.  The flood destroyed the first two floors of the hotel just a month after new owners took over.  They planned a remodel.  It became a major renovation.  I was given exclusive access to the interior as the work continues.   

Years-Long Highway Project Nearing An End

https://www.khou.com/video/traffic/hwy-290-construction-nearing-an-end/285-8127891

The widening of the Northwest Freeway (290) in Houston has been a years-long project and nightmare for thousands of commuters.  Many have even changed the way they go to and from work because of the hassle.  But the end is finally in sight.  Officials say the main lanes will be finished by the end of 2018.  Fortunately, the project spokesman is a former KHOU reporter and knew the deadline we faced to put together a 4:00 story (the earliest afternoon newscast).  I found a place along the highway for the live shot and showed the area that will eventually become brand new lanes.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Boy's Hand Made With 3D Printer

https://www.khou.com/video/features/8-year-old-boy-thankful-for-new-hand/285-2428590

This was an inspirational story about how technology can help change a kid's life.  The elementary school student was born without one of his hands.  He often became upset on the playground or in other settings where other kids were able to fully function.  That changed once his story got to engineering students at the University of Houston and a group called e-Nable.  They used a 3D printer help craft a new hand.  Little Rafael told me he finally felt like a real kid.  He didn't appear to be letting it hold him back.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Farewell To A First Lady

https://www.khou.com/mobile/article/news/local/bush-41-greets-those-paying-respects-to-barbara-bush-at-her-visitation/285-543588783

"America's grandmother" was remembered fondly by fellow Houstonians.  I did several stories leading up to Barbara Bush's funeral service.  This is from the public visitation.  Thousands lined up to simply walk past her casket.  At one pint, her husband of 73 years, former President George HW Bush, entered the church and shook the hands of a number of mourners.  It was a special moment.  People got to take home a card featuring Ms. Bush's photo.  They'll likely never forget meeting Mr. Bush.

School Board Drama


https://www.khou.com/mobile/article/news/education/hisd-board-will-not-vote-on-turning-10-campuses-into-charter-schools/285-545774597

I spent years in Memphis covering education.  Turns out, things get interesting in Houston schools too.  In this case, a number of people were dragged out of a board meeting for raising a stink over a proposed plan to turn over some campuses to a charter operator.  I started the next day working on a follow-up.  There were several developments in the story as the day progressed.  As usual, we had to adapt.  That included getting an interview with one of two women charged after being forcibly removed from the meeting.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Things Looking Up Downtown


http://www.khou.com/video/news/local/the-changing-face-of-downtown-houston/285-2679129

This was a longer form story on residential growth in downtown Houston.  It's where I live.  I've seen the rise in the number of residential properties myself.  I was given a couple of days to put this together.  It helped having a creative photographer/editor who really helped make the piece visually appealing.  I really like the interspersed sounds of the city, including the light rail trains. 

Student Named "Most Likely To Become A Terrorist"

https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/nation/2017/05/26/7th-grader-mocked-most-likely-become-terrorist/102194334/

This story sparked the biggest response I've ever gotten on Twitter.  I simply posted a photo of a student's certificate that read "most likely to become a terrorist."  That's right.  What a teacher apparently thought was a funny joke ended up drawing the ire of people around the world.  I think that initial tweet ended up being liked or retweeted 500,000+ times.  We later ended up identifying the teacher (who was fired) and talking with this student and her mother again.