Minority Voices in Media — Television

Houston is home to many notable minority voices in media, and it’s been an honor and privilege to interview a few of these well-known names.

I think it’s important to shout out African American talent, especially during the month of June. As I’ve mentioned in other blog posts, Juneteenth is sacred to many African Americans. If you haven’t heard of Juneteenth and the history behind the occasion, then you’re probably not from Texas. Click here to learn more.

I previously blogged on minority creatives in film, the literary field, and sports and business. Now I’ll share notable interviews with media personalities we know and love in Houston.

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Minority Voices in Television

Great Day Houston’s Deborah Duncan

It was a lot of fun interviewing Deborah Duncan, the beloved, award-winning host of Great Day Houston and a vibrant presence in charitable events in the area. I adore her, this hometown celebrity who helps put Houston on the map every day.

This was a Mother’s Day piece. Deborah spoke of her mother and her son, and the importance of family every day — not just on special occasions. She has a wide following on KHOU because television viewers love her charming personality and the sense of ease she infuses into her interaction with ordinary people. It was a joy.

News Anchor Gina Gaston (and husband, Mario Elie)

What a joy to interview Gina Gaston, television journalist and lead anchor for Channel 13 KTRK-TV. Houstonians have watched her since 1992, first in the mornings with Tom Koch and later as an evening news anchor.

What I loved most about this interview was learning about Gina’s triplets — two boys and a girl! She and husband Mario Elie met during a Rockets game. Mario is a legendary athlete who played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia Sixers, Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs and the Phoenix Suns.

What a wonderful family of high achievers! Check out Gina on the news.

Minority Voices on Television Shows

Daniel Joseph Baker of America’s Got TalentMinority Voices

If you watched America’s Got Talent in 2011, you’ll remember Sharon Osbourne’s love for Daniel Joseph Baker. I loved him too, this mega-talented young man from Katy, Texas who experienced the crushing pain of bullying, only to rise to acclaim on NBC with his gift of singing .

What’s he up to today?

Daniel Joseph Baker just finished touring the world with the Broadway Smash-Hit KINKY BOOTS, and continues to sing and perform across the nation. It was such a pleasure to interview him and learn more about his musical journey. You can visit his website at www.danieljosephbaker.com.

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