Janel Forte is a morning reporter at KHOU 11 News in Houston, Texas.
She wakes up before the crack of dawn to tell the stories people should know as they start their day. She joined the KHOU team in January 2018 and is excited to be in the Lone Star State!
Since coming to KHOU, she’s covered a number of national stories. She spent a week in Austin as the city was terrorized by a serial bomber, she was apart of team coverage of Barbara Bush’s funeral and was the first reporter on air at Santa Fe HS after a student took the lives of 10 people in a shooting.
She comes to Houston from Biloxi, MS where she spent 2+ years doing it all at WLOX-TV as the weekend morning anchor and Jackson County bureau chief. There she covered major stories, from the 2017 tornados in the Pine Belt, to getting the first interview with a local man who survived the Pulse Nightclub Shooting and being a part of go teams dispatched to cover Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Nate. She’s also won an AP Award for anchoring severe weather coverage.
Before making her way to the Magnolia State, she produced content for a number of media outlets including USA Today, WKBN-TV, and The Frederick News Post, while getting her Master’s of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
Prior to that, Janel was a student-athlete at Cornell University – where she was Pre-Law and graduated with a degree in Communication and Sociology.
She got her start in journalism shadowing the local editor at the Virginian-Pilot Newspaper. She also interned at the Fox O&O in Dallas Fort Worth and worked as an anchor/reporter for the award winning ICTV Newswatch 16 ran by Ithaca College.
In 2015, she completed a six month fellowship with the Social Justice News Nexus in Chicago - analyzing the impacts of the city's cuts on mental health resources.
When she’s not chasing a story, she loves to travel, shop, and go on adventures with her rescue – Jax.