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Meet the KENS 5 Team: Matt Houston

Multimedia Journalist
Credit: KENS 5

Matt Houston tells stories each weeknight as a multimedia journalist for KENS 5 in San Antonio, Texas. He was born in Tyler, Texas, where his parents still live.

His father, Bryan, worked as a news anchor for three decades. Matt’s mother, Laura, is currently an administrator at a not-for-profit health clinic.

Matt made his radio debut in the 8th grade, during a 12-overtime high school football game between Jacksonville and Nacogdoches. His father called play-by-play, and Matt joined Bryan on Friday nights as color-commentator until he made varsity on his own football team.

Houston, born an LSU Tiger, fulfilled a lifelong dream when he graduated from Louisiana State University in 2018. The Manship School of Mass Communication named him its "Most Outstanding Senior."

He joined KENS 5 in 2021, after three years at WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge. There, he covered state politics for the CBS affiliate and its four sister stations throughout Louisiana.

Matt led the state’s television coverage of the 2019 gubernatorial election and monitored 14 legislative sessions. Gray Television’s Greta Van Susteren turned to Houston for political analysis, as well.

WAFB promoted Matt to weekend anchor at the height of the coronavirus pandemic. He also served as the youngest member of the station’s editorial board.

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) awarded Houston with three regional Edward R. Murrow awards for his work in Baton Rouge. He also holds a regional Emmy award for a special report on Heisman-winner Joe Burrow, filed from the LSU quarterback’s Ohio hometown. The Associated Press and Louisiana Association of Broadcasters awarded Houston for ‘Best General News Report’ in 2019.

He is currently nominated for three more regional Emmy awards.

Matt has filed reports from Israel, the U.S. border with Mexico, and six different states. He conducted one-on-one interviews with former Vice President Mike Pence, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, and Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Houston was in the Superdome, reporting, when his alma mater won the College Football Playoff in early 2020.

He remains an avid-sports fan. Matt also loves animals and music.

Contact Matt Houston at mhouston@kens5.com or you can follow Facebook.com/MattCHouston or Twitter.com/MattCHouston

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