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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Trash in the Trinity

Litter Could Damage Waterways, Equipment In Dallas

City workers are continuously removing trash and debris to avoid aggravating flooding problems.

05/20/2015

Zack Clements says he saw Jesus before he was revived. (credit: CBSDFW.COM)

Texas Teen Who Says He Saw Jesus Released From The Hospital

Zack Clements, known to many as the “Miracle Kid”, is out of the hospital and back home. The 17-year-old said he saw Jesus after collapsing during P.E. class and lying dead, without a heartbeat or oxygen, for 20 minutes.

CBS 11–05/18/2015

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Child’s Small Gift To Animal Shelter Having Big Impact

The staff received a green envelope. Inside it was $2.26 along with a note from a child.

05/15/2015

Zack Clements says he saw Jesus before he was revived. (credit: CBSDFW.COM)

Texas Teen Says He Saw Jesus Before Being Revived

Doctors can’t seem to explain it, but one Texas family is sure it was the hand of God that brought their son back to life.

05/14/2015

Healing Ceiling at Texas Health H-E-B emergency room.

H-E-B Art Students Create “Healing Ceiling” For Hospital

More than 100 ceiling tiles at Texas Health H-E-B’s emergency room have been transformed into art to help soothe patients.

05/14/2015

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Brothers With Muscular Dystrophy Head Out On Cross-Country Trip

After months of planning and a huge leap of faith a Fort Worth family has hit the road on the first leg of their cross country trip with two sons who both have a form of muscular dystrophy.

CBS 11–05/13/2015

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Couple Quits Jobs To Take Children On Road Trip

A Fort Worth family is getting ready to go on a trip of a lifetime, and the reason for it is one many loving parents can relate to.

05/12/2015

Blackhawk

Blackhawk Crew Saves 7, Humble About Experience

Hailed as heroes, the Blackhawk crew responsible for saving seven people’s lives, including a pregnant woman, during Sunday’s flooding in Krum say they were simply doing their job.

05/11/2015

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Mother Of Garland Shooter: “I’m Thankful He Didn’t Kill Anybody”

For the first time since two suspects were shot and killed after opening fire outside the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland on Sunday, the mother of one of the shooters is speaking out.

CBS 11–05/05/2015

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Soldiers Hitting The Links At “Support Our Troops” Event

Dozens of Fort Hood soldiers are at Robson Ranch in Denton this weekend for the annual “Support Our Troops” event.

CBS 11–05/01/2015

Courtesy:  Grand Prairie Police

Motorcycle Cops Converge On Grand Prairie For Competition

Grand Prairie police are hosting their Spring Classic Motorcycle Rodeo through Saturday.

04/24/2015

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Just Days From Slaughter, HSNT Saves Dozens Of Donkeys

Thirty-two donkeys, originally from North Texas and set for death at a Mexican slaughterhouse, are back home and safe.

CBS 11–04/22/2015

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