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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Affidavit Depicts Accused Christina Morris Kidnapper As “Sexually Frustrated”

Recently released arrest documents for Enrique Arochi depict the accused kidnapper as a sexually frustrated young man, with a propensity for lying to police.

CBS 11–12/19/2014

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Battle Over Multi-Use Little League Baseball Field At School

What could be a field of dreams in one Lake Highlands neighborhood has turned into a sore point between neighbors who live there and those wanting to build a multi-use ballpark.

CBS 11–12/18/2014

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Study: North Texas Lacks Fitness Focus

A new study by WalletHub that ranks U.S. cities for their wellness and active lifestyles is slamming Fort Worth with a ranking of 93 out of 100 cities.

12/10/2014

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Texans With Character: Michael Barringer

When the starting gun sounds on Thanksgiving, participants in the USMD Arlington Turkey Trot will be raising money for those in need of shoes in North Texas.

11/21/2014

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Cowboys Team Up With La Grande 107.5 To Make Teen’s Wish Come True

A 16-year-old received the surprise of his life thanks to the Dallas Cowboys and the morning show crew from “Shoboy En La Manana” on La Grande 107.5.

11/17/2014

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Surveillance Video Shows Stabbing In Fort Worth Parking Lot

Fort Worth Police say they are investigating a violent slashing attack that happened in a Walmart parking lot.

CBS 11–11/06/2014

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Missing Woman’s Mother Angry At Police, Possible Witness

It’s been two months since a 23-year old Fort Worth woman, Christina Morris, went missing after walking into a Plano parking garage.

CBS 11–10/30/2014

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2 Separate Accidents, 2 Critical Injuries From Flying Debris

Garland Police are sending out a strong word of caution to motorists after dangerous debris has pierced through windshields on the highway and seriously injured two drivers on separate occasions.

CBS 11–10/27/2014

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Dallas Ebola Scare Impacts Local Businesses

Despite repeated attempts from health officials and local leaders to calm concerns over Ebola in Dallas the paranoia continues, and now it’s taking a toll on local businesses.

10/17/2014

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Fort Worth Ebola Survivor Vows To Educate Others

For the first time since he was diagnosed then cleared of Ebola Fort Worth doctor Kent Brantley is speaking publicly to crowds in Texas.

10/10/2014

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Power Outages Continue For Thousands In North Texas

There’s still no power for more than 45,00 people in Fort Worth following Thursday’s storms.

10/03/2014

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Texans With Character: Mattie’s Promise

Mattie’s Promise offers support and help to parents spending time in the neonatal intense care units in North Texas with their premature babies.

10/03/2014

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