KHOU 11 News anchor
Greg Hurst joined KHOU 11 News in June 1999 from WABC-TV in New York, where he was a reporter and one of the station's lead anchors. During his more than 20 years on the job, Greg has gained a wealth of experience covering stories around the world.
Greg has received a great deal of recognition for his coverage of the war with Iraq -- from the time he spent in the Iraqi desert with United States Marines, to foot patrol expeditions with the 3rd Infantry Division Terror Squad during fire fights on the streets of Baghdad, to excursions through Saddam's Presidential Palaces. Greg took viewers where few people have ever been.
Nationally and internationally, Greg has reported on everything from Washington politics, to the Pope in Mexico, from plane crashes, to floods and hurricanes. He's traveled coast to coast to report on earthquakes in California and the World Trade Center bombing in New York. Greg's work has also taken him abroad, reporting from the Kremlin in Russia, to the ruins of war in Vietnam. His interest in politics has led him to serve as the moderator for numerous political debates, and has allowed him to cover numerous political conventions over the years.
Greg is also actively involved in the local community. He volunteers with many organizations like, the Lifeline Chaplaincy program, helping cancer patients at MD Anderson Cancer Center. He's also worked with the Small Steps Nurturing Center mentoring inner city children. Greg also devotes his time to the Medina Children's Home, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Star of Hope Homeless Shelter, the Cancer League, the American Heart Association and many others.
Greg was a reporter and anchor at KFMB-TV in San Diego, California before working 10 years in the news business in New York, He began his broadcast career at KATV-TV in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1981. Greg is a native Texan and after years of traveling is happy to finally be home.
Getting to know KHOU 11 News Anchor Greg Hurst
How long have you lived in Houston?
I grew up in Texas but I moved to Houston (from New York) in 1999.
What is your favorite mobile app?
I guess my two favorite apps would be the two I use the most, KHOU 11 and Weather Bug.
Where is your hometown?
I grew up in the Northern part of the state, in Richardson, Texas.
Do you have any pets?
I have a German Shorthaired pointer named Grissom. I named him after Gill Grissom, the lead investigator on the original CSI series. I wanted to name him Cronkite after Walter Cronkite (Legendary CBS anchorman) but my kids had no idea who he was and kept calling him concrete.
What is something you wouldn’t leave the house without?
I wouldn't get far if I left without my car keys, but then I wouldn't leave without my phone. It's email, music, phone, alarm, calendar; everything all in one.
What is your favorite part of working in television news?
I'm curious and crave information, so my favorite part of working in news is being the first to know what's going on. Also, one of the most gratifying things about having information is having the ability to share it.
If you could trade lives with someone for a day, who would that be?
I'd trade with the President. I wouldn't want to go through an election but a day at the White House, in Air Force One, or at Camp David would be unforgettable.
What is your favorite movie in 2011?
I haven't had a chance to see to many movies this year, but the one I enjoyed the most is "The Debt." It's a film starring Helen Mirren about a Mossad agent and her team who go into East Berlin to capture a Nazi war criminal. The team has to deal with the ramifications of a decades old lie that could change their lives and Israeli history.
What are you reading right now?
I just got three books. Two by Christian authors, John Piper's "Desiring God" and Francis Chan's "Crazy Love." Also, Ron Suskinds latest called, "Confidence Men," his story about the White House, Wall Street and how attitudes (positive and negative) influence both.
What are your favorite books?
I like both fiction and non-fiction. I'm a news guy, so my main criteria, is a "good story." One of my favorite storytellers is Bill Bryson. Check out, "A Walk In The Woods."
What are your favorite foods?
If I were an inmate choosing a last meal, it would include steak and pizza. If I could get it ala mode, it would be topped with Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream.
What kind of music do you like?
I like all kinds of music and have most everything on my iPod.
Who is your favorite band?
It varies from week to week, but at one time or another, it's been everything from Rock & Roll to Alternative to Classical to R & B. I like it all!
What is always in your refrigerator you cannot live without?
Bottled water, sharp cheddar cheese (and see above), Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream.
Coffee or tea or neither?
What is one thing you dream to do?
Dream of making a difference
What is one thing about you most people might be surprised by?
I like to hunt and fish.
What is your favorite vacation spot?
My favorite vacation spot is the next place I'm going and hopefully, someplace I've never been.
Where was your last vacation?
What is your favorite soft drink?
I'm a Dr. Pepper man.
Do you have any siblings?
I have a younger brother who's influenced me to be a better man.
What else might we like to know about you?
Isn't this enough already.....
What is your favorite pastime?
I love watching football (I'm a frustrated Houston Texans fan).
What is your favorite car model?
My dad restored a classic 1930 Ford Model "A." He let me help, so that car left me with what many cars don't......good memories.
Who is your hero?
My dad. An exemplary husband and father; a man of irreproachable character and integrity.
If you had 1-million dollars, what would you do with it?
If I had a million dollars, hopefully, I'd be compelled to give a lot of it away.
Did anyone inspire you in your life?
Influenced by many, inspired by one: Christ!