Jeremy Desel joined KHOU 11 News as a general assignment reporter in April 1999. He works primarily on KHOU 11 News at 10 p.m. weekdays.
One of Jeremy’s career highlights is being honored with the National Edward R. Murrow Award in 2006 for his story Firefighters: Cancer which highlighted the risks faced everyday by Houston firefighters.
Jeremy is a 18-time regional EMMY winner. He was most recently honored for the third consecutive year with the EMMY award for News Writing. Twice he has been named Television journalist of the Year by the Houston Press Club, and in 2008 the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters and the Headliners Club named Desel Texas Journalist of the year.
In all, he has won 51 Associated Press awards in Texas, Oregon and Maine, four Dallas Press Club Katie awards, and was part of a team that won a National Edward R. Murrow award for Continuing Coverage in 1996. Desel’s investigative work has led not only to awards but also to two national product recalls of dangerous pet products.
Jeremy has covered a number of high-profile stories for KHOU 11 News. Recently, he traveled to Russia and Kazakhstan to see the first post shuttle launch of an American to space on board the Russian Soyuz Rocket.
Other highlights include 28 Hurricanes including Dolly, Gustav and Ike and Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi in 2005, the HPD Crime lab troubles, the BP explosion, and the Enron saga. He was also sent to Germany to cover the war in Iraq from the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center near Ramstein Air Base.
He was the only local television reporter to report live during the arrival of Pfc. Jessica Lynch to the hospital complex. Desel spent six weeks, in November and December 2000, in Tallahassee, Fla., covering the Florida election story. Others include the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy over east Texas, the release of three American POWs in Germany, the American Airlines plane crash in Little Rock, Ark., the Wedgewood Church shooting in Fort Worth, serial killer Rafeal Resendiz-Ramirez and the Texas A&M bonfire collapse.
Before coming to Texas, Jeremy worked in his home state of Oregon and in Maine. He received a Master of Arts degree in mass communication from Emerson College in 1994 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pacific Lutheran University in 1991. In 2004, PLU named Jeremy Outstanding Recent Alumnus for his contributions to television.
Desel has served as a National Trustee of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. That is the organization that is responsible for the administration of the EMMY awards. Jeremy is also involved with the American Heart Association.
Jeremy and his wife live in Spring with their three children.
Getting to know KHOU 11 News Reporter Jeremy Desel
How long have you lived in Houston?
What is your favorite mobile app?
Where is your hometown?
Do you have any pets?
Yes, a dog.
What is something you wouldn’t leave the house without?
My Blackberry. (I wish it was an iPhone!)
Favorite part of working in news?
Getting to experience things that most only dream about and then attempting to take the viewer there.
What is your favorite movie in 2011?
Tangled - the kids won’t stop watching it.
What are your favorite films?
The Shawshank Redemption and The Matrix
What are you reading right now?
In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
What are your favorite books?
Narrative History, True Crime, Mystery Fiction
What are your favorite foods?
My wife’s King Ranch Chicken!
What kind of music do you like?
A little bit of everything! But you’ll find Pearl Jam, Jane’s Addiction, Five for Fighting, Foo Fighters, Frank Sinatra, Rascal Flatts, Lady A, even some showtunes in my ipod.
Who is your favorite band?
Either Pearl Jam or Jane’s
What is always in your refrigerator you cannot live without?
Do you prefer coffee or tea or neither?
Coffee…Decaf now though.
What is one thing you dream to do?
Interview the President at the White House.
What is one thing about you most people might be surprised by?
I finished the Chicago Marathon in 2000 and finished the Hood to Coast relay in Oregon 5 Times.
Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Stockholm, Sweden (So Far)
Where was your last vacation?
What is your favorite soft drink?
Caffeine Free Coke
Do you have any siblings?
A younger sister
What else might we like to know about you?
I’ve had both open heart surgery and a stroke.
What is your favorite pastime?
Hide and seek with my kids.
What is your favorite car model?
GMC Yukon XL
Who is your personal hero?
Dr. Gerald Lawrie, Methodist Hospital Heart Surgeon
If you had 1-million dollars, what would you do with it?
Pay off all of my family members mortgages and donate some to the American Heart Association.
Did anyone inspire you in your life?
My graduate school advisor, Dr. Marsha Della-Giustina.