KHOU-TV signed on the air March 22, 1953 as KGUL-TV in Galveston. KGUL was owned by a group of Galveston and Houston investors including actor Jimmy Stewart. In fact, it was Stewart’s voice that was first heard on the station. Walter Cronkite was among those presiding over groundbreaking ceremonies in May of 1959 for the new studio facilities. A month later, the station officially changed its call letters to KHOU-TV. On April 20, 1960, the station moved to its present location near downtown Houston. Dan Rather is just one of many former KHOU journalists who went on to work for a network. Rather was KHOU’s news director from 1960 to 1962. He anchored the 6 and 10 o’clock newscasts and hosted a Saturday morning news program.
KHOU has been the recipient of countless local, regional and national journalism awards. Over the last decade, the station has been honored with eight National Edward R. Murrow Awards, four duPont-Columbia Awards, four George Foster Peabody Awards, three Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) Medals, three National Headliners Awards and has twice been recognized at the National News and Documentary Emmy Awards. In addition to KHOU’s strong leadership in news coverage, the station also has a long history of great community service and supports dozens of community projects and events each year. Among these, KHOU’s annual Food Drive, Blood Drive and Toy Drive are signature events that demonstrate the station’s commitment to the communities it serves.
On December 23, 2013, KHOU was purchased by Gannett, Co. Inc. In 2015, Gannett spun its publishing properties from its broadcast and digital properties making KHOU now part of TEGNA Media, one of the largest most geographically diverse broadcasters in the U.S. To learn more about TEGNA and its subsidiary brands, visit www.tegna.com.
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