Archive for November, 2008

A Season 2 Give 2008
November 28, 2008

It is that time again….a time when YOU can make a child smile. Every year Channel 2 teams up with partners to gather gifts to give out to children. Picture giving a toy or a gift card to a child in a homeless shelter or a foster home. Well…that’s what our staff does…with your help. If you have time, we’d like to see you at our Local 2 studios on December 5th or you can drop by any Ashley Furniture store with your new unwrapped toy, gift or gift card. December 5th is our big day to round up all of the presents. Over the following week, our staff sort the gifts by age groups and we get the truck(s) ready to deliver the items to Minute Maid Park. That is where the children will come by to see Santa and to receive your donation.

Here’s a link…if you need times, locations or gift ideas:

Jen and Bonnie

Jen and Bonnie

Jen, Anthony and Bonnie on screen

Jen, Anthony and Bonnie on screen

I promise...I was listening!
I promise…I was listening!

Here are some behind-the-scenes photos from the promo shoot. It’s been running for a few days…as a reminder about this upcoming Toy Drive. Bonnie joined Anthony and me on this one. You might recognize her from the Ashley Furniture Homestore commercials. We ‘clicked’ with her immediately!

MDA-“Cookie Throw Down”
November 20, 2008

Firefighters and the MDA go together like milk and cookies….perfectly! Monday (11/17), I emceed the 1st Annual “Cookie Throw Down.” The MDA staff baked cookies and firefighters from around our area donated their time to come and judge the baked goodies.  







2008 Latin Grammys
November 15, 2008

It was no surprise that Juanes, the Columbian rock musician, took home several Grammys.



Cafe Tacvba took home a couple as well….

Cafe Tacvba

Cafe Tacvba

A legendary performance …

Gloria Estefan and Carlos Santana

Gloria Estefan and Carlos Santana

The Latin Grammys: Thurs at 7pm
November 13, 2008

Jen and Pili Montilla

Jen and Pili Montilla

Look who popped by our Local 2 Studios yesterday…Pili Montilla, the host of LATV, our sister network. She stopped in and talked to us about the Latin Grammys–OF COURSE!! She is attending the Grammys and her show will also cover the parties around town. You can tune in to LATV on Digital Channel 2.3 or on Comcast Cable Channel 321.

Pili is a proud Puerto Rican…she lives in LA and…here’s something you might not have known…her real name is Maria del Pilar. You can find out more about her by visiting

November 13th:A Hot Night in Houston
November 13, 2008


Believe it or not the Latin Grammy Awards were launched just 8 years ago! Houston will host the grand event for the first time; joining previous host cities which include Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas and Miami. Over the years, artists from Mexico, Brazil and Spain have taken the most trophies home.  One of my favorite songs is from Alejandro Sanz, La Tortura.  The video for La Tortura was ground breaking; it was the first time MTV showed a whole episode of their Making the Video series in another language. It was also the second Spanish-language video ever to enter in TRL’s countdown.

You’ll recognize these top musicians who won at last year’s award show, as well.

Laura Pausini: Best Female Pop Vocal Artist


Michael Salgado: Best Norteño Album

Calle 13: Best Urban Music Album

Juan Luis Guerra: Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Merengue Album

Celebrating Veteran’s Day!
November 11, 2008


Yesterday, I shot an education story in the Woodlands at McCullough Junior High. The story is about students who interviewed veterans and what they learned from the experience. Yes, they learned about the wars and medals…but they also took away MUCH more.

Tune in today at 5pm (Tuesday) for the entire story.

I also want to take a moment to thank every veteran, including my own father and grandparents who served in the United States military. I salute you!

Jen: Reporting
November 8, 2008

(Viewer Mail)

….I saw your report on education and I enjoyed it. I was wondering are you going to do more reporting? I would love to see more of you in that capacity. 

Best Regards, 


 I appreciate Rob and others writing in…

Right before Hurricane Ike, I took on a new role….reporting out in the field. I will remain your traffic anchor in the mornings, but will also be reporting on various stories. They will air at various times, but you can also find them at Here’s the link:

You’ll need to type in Reyna and be sure to change the search option to the appropriate option.


Put Up Your Dukes
November 8, 2008

A few weeks ago, you may have heard me on the “Put Up Your Dukes with Carl Dukes” show on ESPN radio. I surprised Carl and his board-op Matt, by waltzing into their studio one afternoon (October 22nd).  Julie, their Assistant Program Director set the whole visit up and it worked out perfectly. We talked about the NFL’s crack down on dirty play.

The debate?…Well, the NFL commissioner has stepped up fines for unnecessary roughness to make the game as safe as possible. While a lot of people agree that there is a clear need to curb some of the more dangerous hits in football, fans also want to keep the integrity of the game. Some dont want the guys to let up…they think that tackling and roughness is part of the fun of watching football.

Carl Dukes and Jen
Carl Dukes and Jen

I’m no expert, but I chimed in. Then I answered some other random questions that Carl asked, like what time do I get up and what about makeup? I’ll be dropping in again, hopefully before the year is over. So, stay tuned to 97.5FM, 3pm-5pm.

Article regarding the debate:

Link to Carl Duke’s site:

Election 2008
November 4, 2008

How exciting!! I have never seen USA citizens as motivated, politically, as the past few months. Today, KPRC was exclusive in setting up a phone bank to help Houstonians with any last minute voting questions. Members from The League of Women Voters volunteered their time to answer the phones. Laura Blackburn, the President of the Houston Chapter and Lula Blake, the Vice President were both in attendance.

Here are a few snap shots of the action in Studio B.

Jen and Lula Blake, VP

Jen and Lula Blake, VP



We hope that you exercised your right to vote today. As you can see from a previous post, I voted early. But, I wish that I would have read the Voters Guide, provided by The League of Women Voters. It was an excellent summary of ALL of the candidates for various positions. The internet is a great tool, but this paper made it easier on people because of the fact that it was concise. I did a lot of flipping around from website to website…it took effort and patience. On the other hand, The Voters Guide provided pictures of those running for each office and a synopsis of their bio and experience within a few pages. Just what I needed! Next time, I’ll be sure to pick one up.  Here’s the link, online as well, in case you are interested.

Jen voted early
November 3, 2008

I voted early, Friday to be exact, because I knew that I would be working the election coverage on Tuesday and did not want to take the chance of missing out on the process. Actually, my first attempt at early voting was on Thursday. I went to the Bayland Park Community Center because it is located nearest to our Local 2 Studios. I pulled up at an odd hour and thought, “wow, that line sure is long even though people should be at work.” I left, but was determined to early vote.

I returned to the same location Friday morning at about 10:30am. The line was even longer! So, I called the news station wondering where another location was to early vote. I took a chance and ended up walking into Lac Hong Square. I had never been there before and was lucky that it was not a popular place. I walked in and out of there in about 10 minutes. That was my 2008 voting experience.

I hope that you had the chance to early vote, but if you have not exercised your right…tomorrow is your BIG day. The polls are open from 7am-7pm.

If you have  any questions, tune in tomorrow to Local 2 and we will have a hotline number for you to call. I’ll be in Studio B tomorrow morning, with the League of Women Voters to help you all out.

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