Why Is a Houston Station in New Jersey Covering the Bombings?

By Kevin Eck 

If you were watching CNN’s coverage of the hunt for the man suspected of setting off bombs in New York and New Jersey this morning you might have noticed a guy holding a KPRC mic flag and wearing a KPRC hat during a press conference held by the Elizabeth, N.J. mayor.

That guy is Robert Arnold, an investigative reporter with KPRC. While the story of the bombings has grown in scope since they were first reported, TVSpy figured other local stations might want to know why a Houston station sent a reporter to the New York City area to cover it.

“Acts of terrorism strike deep into the heart of everyone’s sense of safety no matter where in the U.S. the incident takes place,” KPRC news director Dave Strickland told TVSpy. “That makes it not just national news but also a local story. We do hours of news each day and having my reporter in the New York area helps to supplement the excellent journalism coming from NBC News.”

Arnold has been with KPRC since 2000. He’s gone beyond the Houston TV market covering other stories, including the 9/11 attacks, the BP oil spill, and plenty of hurricanes.