Todd Unger is an Emmy-award winning reporter are WFAA in Dallas, TX, specializing in general assignment reporting.
1) Who are you? Since joining WFAA in January of 2013, I’ve covered everything from the downtown Dallas shootings of five police officers, to tornado outbreaks and flooding, to the shooting at Fort Hood, and the massive fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. That was a surreal night, and as one of the first reporters to arrive in West I reported live on the aftermath for the next 13 hours during wall-to-wall coverage. I’ve been fortunate to have my work regularly recognized by the Texas AP Broadcasters Association, be nominated for local Emmy’s, and be part of a couple of Murrow-winning newscasts.
Before North Texas, I worked at the ABC affiliate KOAT in Albuquerque for two years. There were a number of high-profile investigations, including one where I exposed a series of shady land deals that cost taxpayers millions of dollars. I nabbed an Emmy for a story on a major gun robbery at a historic New Mexico ranch, and his ongoing coverage of a funeral home operating without proper licensing-which prevented it from handing out death certificates-helped force a change in state law. During the 2012 election cycle, it was a lot of “politicking” coverage, interviewing and covering Gov. Susana Martinez, Senators John McCain and John Kerry, and then President Barack Obama.
My career started in Western Nebraska, and there was a brief stop in Omaha after that where I anchored and reported. I grew up outside of Portland, Oregon (never visited the Maine version) & went to University of Denver. It’s always fun to get back to Colorado.
2) What are your interests? Outside of work, I’m a big golfer, skier and even like to bird hunt…not necessarily in that order considering how little I get to a course these days. I’ve served on the local YMCA board in Arlington, as well as on the board of Society of Professional Journalists Fort Worth Chapter. Every week, I try to get in at least one Meals on Wheels delivery route too. Some of those older folks stories are a helluva better than anything we put on tv.
At work, honestly, part of what sets WFAA apart is that we get to tackle some different stories in a meaningful way no matter where they occur. I’ve been to San Diego, Boston, Mexico…just to name a few spots…all because that’s where we needed to go to tell the stories the right way.
3) What do you like about working at WFAA? The caliber of talent WFAA is something you don’t find at most stations. Believe me, I’ve experienced the good, the bad, & the ugly in other places. It’s much better to be at a spot where 10/10 people honestly want to put out the best product possible, and do it every day.
4) What's one thing people would be surprised to learn about you? My older brother and I share the same birthday, October 20th, only 12 years apart. If that isn’t strange enough, I was actually born 20 days late! Don’t know how my mom felt about that extra time...or her doctor’s recommendation to just “walk around” a lot.
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