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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Huge Slip And Slide Returns To Fort Worth

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Burglars Hit Multiple Restaurants In Tarrant County

The latest burglaries happened Tuesday morning in Hurst and Bedford during the 3 o’clock hour.

07/21/2016

Lila Reed, 69, of Dallas says she was motivated to finally tackle her hoarding disorder and clean up her home by a wish to one day have her grandchildren visit her at  home.

Hoarder Comes Out From The Clutter, Embraces Clean Sweep

Living underneath boxes, trash and her own belongings for decades, a self-admitted hoarder says she is ready for a change.

07/19/2016

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Dallas Officer In Iconic Snapshots Speaks

While the photos went viral, the young officer said he wishes the image that engrains in peoples’ minds is not his face but those of the five officers who were killed that night.

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DART Officer Remembered As Outstanding Officer, War Veteran & Family Man

The Potter’s House filled with thousands of officers from across the country who traveled to North Texas to pay their respects for fallen DART Police Officer Brent Thompson.

07/13/2016

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Resolution Could Allow New Construction In Dilapidated FW Neighborhood

A recent 8-0 Fort Worth City Council vote on a resolution that would remove the historic designation of the Stop Six Sunrise Edition neighborhood in east Fort Worth, has set the plan in motion.

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Sgt. Michael Smith - Dallas officer killed in ambush on 7/7/16

DPD Officer’s Family Recounts Night They Lost Husband, Father

Heidi Smith says police officers quickly arrived at her house to take her and her daughter to the hospital to be by her husband’s side.

07/11/2016

Uptown land on Howell Street (Ken Molestina - CBS11)

Battle Brewing Over Land In Uptown

Developers want it to build apartments, but area residents say, “no way!”

07/07/2016

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Tax Assessor Gets Chuckle Out Of “Hate Mail”

Tarrant County taxpayers have taken up an interesting and somewhat comical way to protest what they believe are high property taxes.

07/05/2016

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New Drug Helps Prevent Noise Anxiety For Dogs

For the first time the FDA has approved a new medication to help dogs control their anxiety and panic attacks during noise events.

07/01/2016

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UNT Professors Spending Summer In Turkey Despite Attacks

Investigators in Turkey said the attacks at Ataturk International Airport are looking more and more like it was the work of ISIS.

06/29/2016

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TEX Rail Set To Become Reality, But…

A green light for one of Tarrant County’s most ambitious public transportation plans is met with resistance.

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