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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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Housing Boom Continues In North Texas

The growing numbers of people has given way to a competitive housing market where buyers usually get outbid and end up having to go over budget to buy their ideal homes.

03/27/2014

Randy Wood, Plano Firefighter saves babies

Plano Firefighter Saves Two Babies From Fire

A Plano firefighter is being hailed a hero after he saved two twin babies from a burning home.

CBS 11–03/21/2014

Brianna Christensen (credit: Northwest Independent School District)

Teen Survivor Of Deadly Crash Recovering

In an exclusive interview with CBS 11 the parents of 16-year old Brianna Christensen say their daughter is showing signs of improvement following a deadly wreck.

03/06/2014

A pile of 9 mm ammunition. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

CBS 11 Found Two Common Types Of Ammunition In Short Supply

Are you or some of the people you know running low on ammunition? Two of the most common types of bullets are in very short supply at stores across North Texas. It seems to some the bullets are ‘worth their weight in gold.’

CBS 11–02/27/2014

Dennis Lynch, a blind man from Fort Worth, ran the Cowtown half marathon on Sunday, Feb. 23 (credit: CBS 11 News)

Blind Fort Worth Man Conquers Cowtown Half Marathon

Today’s Cowtown race had a very special meaning for a duo whose mission was not so much a fast time stamp, but a message.

02/23/2014

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Open Carry Demonstrators Take On Keller

Another round today in the debate over the current state law on open carrying was taken to North Richland Hills.

02/22/2014

Protesters stand on barricades at Independence square in Kiev on February 19, 2014. (credit: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images)

North Texas Ukrainian Community Watching Fighting Helplessly

Despite a recent truce in fighting the unrest in Ukraine is on the mind of those in the North Texas’ Ukrainian community. At a church service Wednesday night people prayed for friends and family living in the middle of the chaos.

CBSDFW.COM–02/19/2014

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Dozens Left Homeless After Massive Apartment Fire

Dozens were left homeless after a four-alarm fire ripped through a Northeast Dallas apartment complex.

02/13/2014

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Streets Services Department Activates “Ice Force” Status

Officials with the City of Dallas Street Services Department spent all of Thursday aggressively treating iced roads. They shifted between “Ice Force 1” mode earlier in the day to “Ice Force 2” and then back to “Ice Force 1” by late evening.

02/06/2014