6 News Team - Multi-Media Journalists 6 News Team - Multi-Media Journalists en-us Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:04:58 GMT Synapse CMS 10 144 25 Rick Spruill 6 News Team - Multi-Media Journalists Thu, 10 Oct 2013 4:42:01 PM Rick Spruill

Rick Spruill joined the KRIS news team in Oct., 2013 after three years as investigative journalist at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

He graduated from Baylor University in 1994 with a History degree and returned home to Dallas, where he went to work for Excel Telecommunications as a regulatory analyst.

This opened doors into project management and later, sales and business development.

But his passion for writing and communicating with clarity and precision led Rick to switch careers, eventually landing him a spot as a cops reporter at the Anderson Independent-Mail in Anderson, SC.

While there he rose from covering general assignments to embedding himself as a police and public safety reporter, riding along with sheriff's deputies in pursuit of gang members, developing in-depth features on the rise of highway fatalities caused by unsafe road conditions and a thousand daily stories in-between.

A love of Texas brought him back to the Lone Star State in 2010, when he joined the Caller-Times as an investigative and data reporter.

Rick's need to keep pushing, keep asking questions, has led to award-winning coverage of local and state political leaders, dysfunctional state agencies and topics of national interest, including the 2011 arrest of a Corpus Christi man since convicted of an international assassination plot.

His 2012 coverage of the troubled, $84 billion Texas Windstorm Insurance Association won the coveted Nancy Monson Freedom of Information Award for outstanding effort in upholding the principles embodied in the First Amendment and accountability in government.

His wife, a South Carolina native, is a speech-language pathologist at CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital. They have a daughter.

Rick loves college football and is proud of the Baylor Bears, even though most years it is too painful.

He white wing dove hunts in the Fall and fishes Upper Padre Island, year round. But he is happiest with a hot grill, a good brisket, a lawn chair and a well-stocked cooler.

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Sara Donchey 6 News Team - Multi-Media Journalists Thu, 12 Sep 2013 1:34:08 PM Sara Donchey

Sara Donchey joined the KRIS 6 News team in August 2013. She comes to the Coastal Bend from San Francisco, California, though she grew up in Los Angeles County.

She produces and reports the "Happening Now" segment for Kris 6 News at Sunrise and reports for 6 News at 5, 6 and 10 pm.

Sara studied Online and Print Journalism at San Francisco State University. During her time at SF State, Sara worked as both a reporter and the online managing editor for the student-produced news publication, Golden Gate Xpress.

Under her leadership, the Xpress website was also honored by the College Media Association for General Website Excellence, in addition to winning an Online Pacemaker Award from the Associated College Press.

Sara never considered a career in broadcasting until a chance encounter with a TV reporter in 2012. He talked Sara into applying at KPIX, the CBS owned-and-operated station in San Francisco. Shortly after, she was hired as a production assistant and writer. It was there that Sara learned everything she possibly could about broadcast news, and decided she would pursue a career as a reporter.

Sara is an award-winning editorial cartoonist and has a passion for drawing and painting. She's also an avid Jeopardy watcher, and loves to "compete" with friends.

Additionally, Sara is a proud member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. (Her mother was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico and her father is of Russian and Polish descent).

If you would like to pitch a story or discuss issues that you feel are important in your community, send Sara an email at or follow her on Twitter @SaraDonchey.

You can also "like" her Facebook page for her latest stories and updates.

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John Rupolo 6 News Team - Multi-Media Journalists Thu, 12 Sep 2013 8:31:41 AM John Rupolo

John Rupolo joined KZTV Action 10 News in September of 2013. He was raised in Boston, Massachusetts and studied Broadcast Journalism at Emerson College in Boston. John is known for investigative reporting, breaking stories, and aggressive reporting. He is an experienced, seasoned veteran in TV News and has had stints at TV stations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and Florida.

His memorable moments in reporting have been covering politics. Presidential elections, US Senate races, and Congressional races since the early 1990's. He has broken countless stories uncovering wasteful government spending, public officials abusing their powers, and wrongdoing of elected officials. He has made a name for himself in many TV markets holding the powerful accountable and asking questions other reporters won't ask. Most recently, John was the nightside reporter at WFTX-FOX 4 in Cape Coral, Florida where he became known for covering breaking news and making a difference with his style of reporting.

John first became interested in TV news watching old news reports of the War in Vietnam. As a young boy John recalls watching the Democratic and Republican conventions, becoming fascinated with the triumphs and tragedies of the Kennedy family, and studying history and politics. John is looking forward to telling the stories of our time here in greater South Texas.

When not reporting, John loves the beach, biking, training in the gym, and traveling. If you have a story idea or have a tip about something you want investigated John wants to hear from you. You can email him at

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Jessica Holley 6 News Team - Multi-Media Journalists Wed, 8 May 2013 2:45:37 PM Jessica Holley

Jessica Holley joined the KRIS 6 News Team in December of 2012. She calls herself a Texas native growing up in Plano, even though she was born in California. She is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism (M-I-Z!) and is known to wear black and gold on game days year round.

Jessica decided at the young age of nine she wanted to be a journalist after she was interviewed by her hometown ABC affiliate about her house fire. It was at that moment the spark and desire to tell and share others' stories began.

At Mizzou, she worked at the student run NBC affiliate, KOMU, doing everything it all from anchoring to even running the live truck. As the tech world and news world continue to merge, Jessica wanted to keep up. In Missouri she wrote and produced stories for an internet start-up company that analyzed breaking news coverage. made its name in the mobile news industry, and most viewers watched her stories from their smart phone or tablet.

Jessica landed her first job in Wichita Falls, in northwest Texas, at KFDX. She reported on a wide range of stories, but one of her biggest stories was hearing a man confess to murdering his two young children while in jail pending trial. While in Wichita Falls she also covered many large wildfires including the one at Possum Kingdom Lake scorching 125,000 acres and destroying hundreds of homes.

Don't be surprised if you see her around town with a camera and tripod in tow - Jessica is a multi-media journalist, which means she shoots, edits and writes her own video and content.

Her favorite part of being a reporter is having the privilege to tell real people's stories. While she has fun with her job, she holds herself to the highest standards of accuracy and maintaining credibility.

Jessica is always looking for ideas in Corpus Christi and around the Coastal Bend, so don't be a stranger! Send her an email: or find her on Facebook:

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Andrew Ellison 6 News Team - Multi-Media Journalists Wed, 8 May 2013 1:12:23 PM Andrew Ellison

Andrew grew up in Southern California, where he went to school at St. Margaret's Episcopal School. Andrew's main love is sports. His favorite is golf, but he also enjoys baseball, basketball, football, tennis, and soccer.

In high school, Andrew played on the varsity golf team.

He went to Arizona State University for college, where he graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.

In his free time, you can probably find Andrew on the golf course or watching one of the many sports he follows.

He is thrilled to be part of the KRIS/KZTV news team here in Corpus Christi.

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Caroline Flores 6 News Team - Multi-Media Journalists Wed, 8 May 2013 7:57:09 AM Caroline Flores

Caroline joined the KRIS news team in February of 2012. She was born in Houston and raised in a small town called Richmond, Texas.

Caroline is a proud Longhorn that graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in December of 2011 with a Bachelor of Journalism. During her time at UT she volunteered with Texas Student Television. She reported for the award-winning student-run news program, KVR News, and with other entertainment TV shows. She also reported and anchored for Texas Newswatch. Caroline interned in Austin with NBC affiliate, KXAN.

Both of Caroline's parents were born and raised in Corpus Christi, so she is glad to get back to her roots and experience the city her family is from. She spends a lot of her down time with family. But when she's not at a relative's home for a family gathering you can find her at the gym, the beach, or any community event.

If you see Caroline out and about say hi and introduce yourself. She loves meeting new people and telling your stories!

You can "follow" her on Twitter - here. 

Or "like" her on Facebook - here.


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Heather Jackson 6 News Team - Multi-Media Journalists Tue, 30 Apr 2013 9:19:37 AM Heather Jackson

Heather Jackson is an award-winning journalist from Fontana, California. She joined our team in January of 2013 after graduating from Arizona State University in December of 2012.

She has interned at top places like CNN and the White House as the press intern for First Lady Michelle Obama. She has recently won the 2013 New Media Institute Standard of Excellence award for her documentary about the impact of YouTube on the music, news, and television industries.

She was the founding president of the National Association of Black Journalist's collegiate chapter at Arizona State University.

Locally, she is part of the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program as a mentor. She is passionate about her community so if you have a news tip like her Facebook page and follow her on Twitter.

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Rachel Cole 6 News Team - Multi-Media Journalists Wed, 29 Aug 2012 9:27:34 AM Rachel Cole

Rachel Cole joined KRIS in January of 2012. Miss Cole came to the 'Lone Star State' from Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated cum laude from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. She's excited to be in a new city and live near the beach.

While studying broadcast journalism in college, Rachel interned with KNXV's sports team and was the first ever '3 a.m. morning' intern with the CBS affiliate, KPHO!

Rachel spent her senior year, sideline reporting for the AIA Sports Broadcast Network and doing volunteer work with COX7 Sports.

In her free time, you can find Rachel at the gym doing anything from Body Combat to cycling classes. She's dedicated to staying healthy while getting involved with community activities. She likes to go to the Hooks and Ice Rays games here in town and enjoys running on the beach.

If you see Rachel out and about say hi and introduce yourself. She loves meeting new people and loves telling stories... if you have one, share it!

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Andy Liscano 6 News Team - Multi-Media Journalists Tue, 4 Jan 2011 9:30:35 AM Andy Liscano

Born and raised in Chicago, Andy remains a loyal Bears, Bulls, Cubs(sorry White Sox!), and Blackhawks fan!

Andy came to KZTV in 2007 and within just 4 months broke the story on the forced resignation of the Director of the city's Water Department. He has followed that up with several more exclusives!

Andy's emphasis is investigative and Troubleshooter stories, but he also reports on city hall, the courts, police, spot, and breaking news. He also anchors various newscasts on a fill-in basis.

Before transitioning to news, Andy was an award-winning sportscaster in cities from Miami to Los Angeles. He's covered the Super Bowl, Summer Olympics, Soccer's World Cup, MLB, NASCAR, PGA, LPGA, NHL, NBA, NCAA's March Madness Basketball Tournament, and the NCAA's Div. 1 Football National Championship.

However, more than all that, Andy enjoys spending time with family in Texas and Chicago. After that, a low score after 18 holes of golf, a good book or movie, and travel are among his favorites.

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