Another LA Anchor Returns to Houston

By Kevin Eck 

Rita Garcia is returning to Houston as co-anchor of the KTRK morning news.

Garcia, who worked at Fox-owned Houston station KRIV before joining Fox’s KTTV in Los Angeles, replaces Tom Koch, who retired in May.

“We are so excited to have Rita return home to Texas!” said president and general manager Wendy Granato. “Rita is an experienced journalist who understands our Houston area communities, our commitment to serving them, and how to provide fast-paced, accurate and timely information to help our viewers start their day. She is also a lot of fun and will be a great addition to ABC13’s quick-witted, high-energy morning team.”


Her first day on air alongside co-anchor Samica Knight and meteorologist Elita Loresca will be Monday.

“I’m thrilled to return to Houston and join the ABC-owned family,” said Garcia. “It’s truly a privilege to be invited into the viewers’ homes every morning, and I can’t wait for us to begin our day together, sharing the stories that matter the most to them.”

Garcia isn’t the only LA-based journalist making the return to Houston. Earlier this week, Houston NBC affiliate KPRC announced morning meteorologist Anthony Yanez was coming back to the station after spending six years at KNBC in Los Angeles.