Deborah Knapp is an Emmy award-winning anchor who has been inducted into the San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame. She knew at the age of 14 she wanted to be a reporter when she took a creative writing class at MacArthur High School here in San Antonio. After getting her degree in journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, Deborah began her broadcasting career in San Antonio.
She was hired by the CBS owned and operated station in Philadelphia, WCAU-TV. While there, she was awarded an Emmy as Best Television News Anchor. After the birth of her daughter, Deborah decided to return to San Antonio. She has been back at KENS 5 since 1987.
Deborah currently co-anchors KENS 5 Eyewitness News at 5 p.m. and regularly reports. She has had numerous national and international assignments including covering the tragedy at Columbine and was in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit and provided live reports for South Texas viewers. She regularly reports on religious issues and traveled to the Vatican to cover the funeral of Pope John Paul II.
In 1999, she helped launch the KENS 5 Excel Award, recognizing an outstanding public school teacher from every local district. Education and community service are important to Deborah and in 1994 she established a scholarship at her Alma Mater,The University of Texas. Each year a San Antonio student who has demonstrated a commitment to community is awarded the Deborah Knapp Scholarship to help pay for his or her education. Active in the community, Deborah is currently serving on the boards of Any Baby Can, the Boy Scouts of America, and Prevent Blindness. She was also selected to serve on the Las Misiones Capital Campaign to raise money to restore San Antonio's historic Mission churches. Deborah is the mother of two children.