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Rekha Muddaraj

KHOU 11 News Anchor

Rekha Muddaraj joined the KHOU 11 News team as a weekend evening anchor and weekday reporter in January 2012. “I am so excited to call Houston my home!”

Rekha comes from sunny San Diego, where she worked as an Emmy-award winning reporter for KFMB-TV since 2007. During her time in Southern California, she covered a range of stories, including devastating wildfires, presidential visits, and even the royal couple's first visit to the United States.

Prior to that, she worked for KOAM-TV in Pittsburg, KS. As a "one-man band," she shot, wrote and edited all of her stories and had the unique experience of covering news in four states: Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Rekha was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. She is a proud graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, and holds dual degrees in broadcasting and political science.

When she is not working, Rekha loves to work out, cook, try all of the great restaurants around Houston, and travel. She is first generation American and enjoys visiting her extended family in India. She and her husband Neil are proud parents of a baby girl.

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Getting to know KHOU 11 News Anchor Rekha Muddaraj

How long have you lived in Houston?

I moved to Houston in January 2012.

What is your favorite mobile app?

So many! KHOU 11, Zagat, Shazam, AP Mobile to name a few.

Where is your hometown?

Phoenix, Arizona

What is something you wouldn’t leave the house without?

My iPhone.

What is your favorite part of working in television news?

There is no such thing as a typical work day. News is always breaking. I love the adrenaline rush and meeting different people every day.

If you could trade lives with someone for a day, who would that be?

Oprah. It would be interesting to see how she runs her empire.

What is your favorite movie in 2011?

Bridesmaids

What are your 3 favorite films?

My Fair Lady is my all-time favorite

What are your favorite books?

I'll read anything, but I'm not a sci-fi fan

What are your favorite foods?

Sushi, pizza, ice cream, cake, spinach, cherries (random, I know)

What kind of music do you like?

Anything goes! I listen to all kinds of music

Who is your favorite band?

I don't have a favorite band, but I do love the divas: Madonna, Mariah, Adele, Celine, Lady Gaga, Stevie Nicks

What is always in your refrigerator you cannot live without?

Skim milk

Coffee or tea or neither?

Love both! A vanilla latte to start my day...a chai tea or peach iced tea to keep my day going

What is one thing you dream to do?

Fly a helicopter

What is one thing about you most people might be surprised by?

I was in the marching band in middle and high school, and I played the saxophone (alto & tenor)

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Bora Bora

Where was your last vacation?

Hawaii

What is your favorite soft drink?

Dr. Pepper

Do you have any siblings?

I have one younger sister, Neeta - she is awesome

What else might we like to know about you?

I was actually named after a famous Bollywood actress

What is your favorite pastime?

Spending time with my husband Neil, cooking, reading, traveling, and watching ridiculous reality shows.

What is your favorite car model?

BMW i8

Who is your hero?

Peter Jennings

If you had 1-million dollars, what would you do with it?

Spend some, save some, donate some.

Did anyone inspire you in your life?

My parents. They taught my sister and I the importance of hard work and humility, and they encouraged us to find our passion in life.