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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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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

School teachers react as they experience zero gravity during a parabolic flight aboard a Boeing 727 aircraft flying out of Long Beach Airport in Long Beach, California on September 26, 2011. (credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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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Cases Of Unaccompanied Minors Added To Juvenile Immigration Docket

The wave of unaccompanied children arriving illegally in the U.S. along the southern border continues, and now CBS 11 News has learned about a strong connection between the humanitarian crisis and North Texas.

CBS 11–07/02/2014

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Patriot Guard Riders Honor Fallen Terrell Army Sergeant

It’s been a little more than a decade since Terrell Army Sergeant Gerardo Moreno was killed in action while serving in Iraq. On Saturday his mother Sandra Iracheta received a special gift honoring her fallen son and recognizing his service to his country.

CBS 11–06/28/2014

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Can The World Cup Soccer Craze Stick Around?

There is no denying that the World Cup 2014 is causing excitement over the sport all throughout the country, but in the U.S. soccer still takes a back seat to other sports like football and baseball.

CBS 11–06/28/2014

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IKEA Voluntarily Raising Minimum Wage For Workers

IKEA Home Furnishings is announcing it will join in on a national and local trend of voluntarily increasing its employees minimum wages.

06/26/2014

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Woman Gives Back By Hosting Block Party For Scottish Rite

A North Texas woman is keeping her promise to give back to those who saved her son’s life.

06/21/2014

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Tesla Motors Opens Gallery In Dallas

Tesla Motors will open it’s first gallery in North Texas at Dallas’ North Park Mall on Friday.

06/18/2014

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Saturday Evening News Digest

Here is a look at stories across Texas Saturday evening.

06/14/2014

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Continental Bridge To Open Sunday

After almost a year of construction the brand new Continental Bridge and West Dallas Gateway is opening it’s doors to the public this weekend.

06/13/2014

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