Kevin Reece is a Senior Reporter / Multi-Skilled-Journalist in Dallas, TX, specializing in general assignment reporting.
In his 10 years in Texas, Kevin has received the Lone Star Regional Emmy for best Feature Reporter seven different times. And in a 34-Emmy career as a reporter, writer, and producer he also picked up a camera again – receiving the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Emmys as the top solo Video Journalist in the state as well.
He is a 4-time recipient of the Best Reporter in Texas award from the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters, a 3-time Best Reporter recipient from the Headliners Foundation of Texas and has been honored with five regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.
1) Who are you? I am a Senior Reporter and Multi-Specialty Journalist at WFAA. The first title means I’ve been doing this for a long time. I suppose the second title means I do a lot more than just type fast and hold a microphone and occasionally stand in hurricanes like a human wind sock.
My parents are from west Texas: San Angelo and Rotan to be exact. Full disclosure: I missed being a Texan by about a year and a half. Not my fault. But by kindergarten I was growing up in Fort Worth and Mesquite before in the middle of 3rd grade the Reece moving van headed back to the west coast again.
An A.A. in Television and Radio Production at Palomar College in San Marcos, California led to a Business degree at the University of Southern California and a Master’s Degree in Journalism at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and jobs in California, Tennessee, Seattle, Houston, and now Dallas.
Along the way, more than 30 Emmys, multiple regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, and best reporter awards from the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters and the Headliners Foundation of Texas tell me those first classes back at Palomar College, and a student Emmy nomination, pushed me in the right direction.
2) What are your interests? I made the “mistake” once of making one of my previous bosses laugh. He liked something I did that they told me was a “feature” story. I thought every story, whether crime, politics, weather, or sports was a feature story. Because every story is about people whose human journey, good or bad, deserves to be told. The problem is that boss decided my stories needed a title. He chose “Reece’s Pieces.” It even had a full screen graphic with “p-i-e-c-e-s” in little round candies. It’s still a running joke colleagues and friends. But it taught me that concentrating on the trials and tribulations and failures and successes of everyday people is what I did best and what every meaningful story should include. Also, thankfully, we never got sued for candy copyright infringement.
3) What do you like about working at WFAA? Television markets are ranked by audience size. New York is #1. Glendive, Montana #210. So, when you earn a job in Dallas, market #5, you feel like a pretty big deal. But city size isn’t necessarily the goal. Working at a particular station in that market is. Effective, impactful storytelling, investigative journalism that changes people’s lives, and holding the powerful accountable are decades-old strands of WFAA-TV’s DNA. And with that long-standing reputation comes high expectations of its journalists. I’m proud to have earned a seat at that table and honored to have the chance to maintain and hopefully exceed those high expectations.
4) What's one thing people would be surprised to learn about you? When you start a reporting career, in my case in Eureka, California (market #195) with an entire news staff of seven people, you do everything. You’re the anchor, the reporter, the photographer, and the video editor. Oh, and you also drive your own car. In my case a lovely Datsun B210 station wagon – although somedays you got to trade up to a Toyota Tercel hatchback! Fast forward a couple of decades to a bigger city where reporters and photographers have distinctly different career paths, and one day you can’t get a photographer scheduled to help you with a story. So, with a few colleagues laughing at you, you announce you’ll just shoot and edit it yourself. And it turns out to be one of the best retro decisions you’ve ever made: receiving the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Emmys as the top solo Video Journalist in Texas. More importantly, it helps put people I meet more at ease knowing that when the mighty, influential, and powerful WFAA shows up…they only have to deal with little old me.
He is always looking for positive, uplifting, and inspirational stories to tell. If you have a story idea, contact him at email@example.com
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