Ken Molestina

Ken Molestina

Prior to joining CBS 11 News in January 2014 as anchor and reporter, Ken was most recently a reporter for WUSA-TV in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, he was a news anchor and reporter at KVIA-TV in El Paso, where he focused on crime and public safety reporting.

Ken won an Emmy Award for his work on exposing underground sewer tunnels in El Paso which were being used by undocumented immigrants and human smugglers to break into the U.S. He was nominated for another Emmy Award for his reporting on the Barrio Azteca gang, a dangerous transnational border gang that primarily operates along both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Ken is also the recipient of a 1st place award from the Texas Associated Press in the “Breaking News” category.

Ken says one of the most impactful stories he ever covered was the execution of a Texas death row inmate. He conducted the last public interview the day before the execution and was a witness to the execution the following afternoon.

More recently, while in Washington D.C., he was one of the first live reporters outside the White House covering the celebrations that broke out following the 2011 assassination of Osama Bin Laden. Ken also reported on President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election and inaugural. He led his station’s coverage of the federal government shutdown in the fall of 2013 from Capitol Hill.

Born in New York, but raised in Miami, Ken is a graduate of the University of Florida. He began his career as an intern at WFOR-TV in Miami. He has also worked as a news anchor and reporter at television and radio stations in Gainesville, Florida. Ken also has experience working as a first responder. He spent nearly three years working as a volunteer firefighter for the West Valley Fire Department in El Paso County. He currently serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. He is fluently bilingual in English and Spanish.

Ken also co-produced “Terror on a Train,” a documentary film on the 1993 massacre aboard a Long Island Railroad commuter train in Long Island, New York.

In his spare time, Ken likes making fun of golfers who play worse than he does (there aren’t many), and has recently developed a love/hate relationship with Bikram Yoga.

Ken is looking forward to reconnecting with the Lone Star State in the DFW area, and is happy to be telling the stories of the people of North Texas.

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Veterans Observe 75th Anniversary Of Pearl Harbor

Dozens of World War II veterans, and a handful of Pearl Harbor survivors gathered to share a meal and their stories on this, the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks in Hawaii.

12/07/2016

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Local Firefighters Recall Volunteer Trip To Israel

A group of firefighters from North Texas answered a call for help half way across the world recently.

12/06/2016

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National Scouting Museum Is Leaving Irving

The more than 600,000 artifacts are moving to the museum in New Mexico.

12/05/2016

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North Texas Nativity Collection, 20 Years Later

Twenty years later, CBS11 found she is still at it, and the collection has grown to more than 1,100 nativity pieces.

12/01/2016

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Brisk Weather Pushes Pesky ‘Biting’ Beetles Indoors

Known as Asian Lady Beetle’s, the insects aren’t indigenous to the area and, according to bug experts — they bite.

11/30/2016

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Remember, It’s ‘Deck The Halls,’ Not ‘Debt The Halls’

Dallas CPA Holly Signorelli, known as the ‘The Money Therapist,’ said that chronic spending during the holidays happens within all income levels.

11/28/2016

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Free House In Dallas, But There’s A Big Catch!

Dallas-based Alamo Manhattan, the company behind the Bishop Arts Development, is offering up a house built on 228 West Seventh Street in 1907.

11/23/2016

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‘Sgt. Phil Better’ Making Rounds At Children’s Hospital

Sergeant Terry Richards of the Tarrant County College Police Department hands out teddy bears to children at Cook Children’s Medical Center in hopes of brightening their day.

11/22/2016

A wounded man is pictured in his hospital room, during the holiday season. (credit: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images)

ERs Expecting Surge In Patients Around Thanksgiving

ER doctors say the spike in patients is due to illnesses associated with too much eating and/or poor food choices that wreak havoc.

11/21/2016

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Researchers, Historians Discuss JFK This Weekend In Dallas

A gathering of the minds happens this weekend to once again analyze the presidency and assassination of John F. Kennedy nearly 53 years later.

11/18/2016

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Christmas Tree Arrives In Sundance Square

This year’s tree is a 57-foot tall Blue Spruce from Michigan.

11/14/2016

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UT Dallas Working On Better Treatment Options For Brain Injuries

Dr. Robert Rennaker’s hope is that returning veterans have better treatment options when they come home from battle and service.

11/11/2016

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