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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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Residents Fight Planned Mansfield Medical Waste Site

The debate is on over a proposed plan that would bring a 15,000 square foot medical waste processing facility to Mansfield.

08/20/2014

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North Texas Quintuplets All Enrolled At UNT

Many parents this week will be dropping their children off for their first year of college. But for one North Texas family, the momentous event is five times as special.

08/18/2014

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Fight Continues Over Proposed Buc-ee’s In Corinth

City leaders are expected to determine the fate of a proposed Buc-ee’s convenience store off of I-35 in Corinth on Thursday night.

08/14/2014

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One Injured In Northeast Dallas Drive-By Shooting

One man was injured in a drive-by shooting at a laundromat in northeast Dallas late Monday night. A 15-year-old was shot and killed at the same shopping center three weeks ago.

08/12/2014

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VIDEO: Denton Jailer Fired For Leg Sweep On Prisoner

Denton Police officials are admitting wrong doing and releasing jailhouse surveillance video that shows one of their jailers using an unauthorized leg sweep on a prisoner.

07/30/2014

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Sam’s Club Decision Delayed In Dallas’ East Village

No decision was made on Friday following a hearing to determine the future of a Sam’s Club superstore development in Dallas’ East Village neighborhood.

07/28/2014

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Dashcam Captures Dallas County Sheriff Deputy’s Close Call

Dallas County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Loboda was conducting a traffic stop on 635 Westbound near the Coit Road exit in Dallas on July 10th when he had a brush with death.

07/25/2014

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North Texas Bucking National New Home Sales Trend

Despite a nationwide decline of new homes sales, North Texas is once again serving as an exception to the trend.

07/24/2014

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Citations, Left Lane Driving & The Law In Texas

The law is clear – in Texas the left lane is for passing only. But, what do you do if you get stuck behind a slow poke hogging the left lane? In the metroplex, you may be out of luck.

CBS 11–07/14/2014

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Migrant Family Shares Their Story Of Desperation Getting To Texas

As the numbers of unaccompanied minors showing up to the Texas-Mexico border continues to rise, 14-year old Silvia Marroquin of El Salvador and her family are opening up to CBS 11 News about the teens journey to North Texas.

CBS 11–07/11/2014

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Dallas Students To Ride NASA’s ‘Vomit Comet’

Think you have to be an astronaut to experience weightlessness? A group of Dallas college students are getting a chance to fly on NASA’s zero gravity plane, dubbed the ‘vomit comet.’

07/10/2014

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Underwater Park For Scuba Enthusiasts

It’s a water park on a whole new level. One DFW attraction looks like a normal lake on the surface. You can’t see anything particularly exciting until you dive deeper.

07/08/2014

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