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Austin, Texas
United States
Branding KVUE (general)
KVUE News (newscasts)
Slogan Where Trust is Earned. (general)
Austin's News Station (newscasts)
Channels Digital: 33 (UHF)
Virtual: 24 (PSIP)
Subchannels 24.1 ABC
24.2 Estrella TV
24.3 The Local AccuWeather Channel
Affiliations ABC
Owner Gannett Company
(KVUE Television, Inc.)
First air date September 12, 1971
Call letters' meaning K-VUE, pronounced "k-view"
Former channel number(s) Analog:
24 (UHF, 1971–2009)
Transmitter power 1000 kW
Height 376 m
Facility ID 35867
Transmitter coordinates 30°19′19.3″N 97°48′12.6″W / 30.322028°N 97.803500°W / 30.322028; -97.803500
Website www.kvue.com

KVUE, virtual channel 24 (UHF digital channel 33), is an ABC-affiliated television station located in Austin, Texas, United States. The station is owned by the Gannett Company. KVUE maintains studios are located in northwest Austin, and its transmitter is located on the West Austin Antenna Farm just west of downtown Austin (which it shares with KEYE-TV). Syndicated programming seen on KVUE includes Entertainment Tonight, Live! with Kelly and Michael, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Insider and Katie.


The station first signed on the air on September 12, 1971,[1] and was originally operated by Center Broadcasting Co. of Center, Texas (owned by Tolbert Foster). The station was the market's first full-time ABC affiliate; prior to KVUE's sign-on, the network's programming had previously been limited to off-hours clearances on KTBC (channel 7), which carried the network through a secondary affiliation with the network (all three networks of the time – ABC, NBC and CBS – had their programming shoehorned onto KTBC's schedule), though most of the market could pick up San Antonio's KSAT-TV with a decent antenna. Unlike most affiliates with the network in then two-station markets, KHFI-TV (channel 36, now KXAN-TV) did not take on a secondary affiliation with ABC when that station signed on in February 1965.

Universal Communications, the broadcasting arm of The Detroit News, purchased KVUE from Center Broadcasting in 1978. The station was acquired by the Gannett Company in 1986 as part of its purchase of The Detroit News. In 1999, Gannett swapped KVUE to Belo Corporation in exchange for KXTV in Sacramento. Previously, Belo had established a Texas-based cable news channel, Texas Cable News (TXCN), a partnership amongst the company's Texas station properties, including KHOU-TV in Houston, WFAA-TV in Dallas and KENS-TV in San Antonio. With the addition of KVUE, TXCN could provide news and information from the four largest cities in Texas. On June 13, 2013, Gannett announced that it would acquire Belo for $1.5 billion.[2] The sale was completed on December 23,[3] which once again put KVUE under Gannett ownership and reunited the station with several of its sister stations for the first time in 13 years, as well as becoming a sister station to KXTV in Sacramento for the first time.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[4]
24.1 720p 16:9 KVUE-DT Main KVUE programming / ABC
24.2 480i 4:3 NVUE-TV Estrella TV[5]
24.3 16:9 KVUE-3 KVUE Storm Team

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KVUE shut down its analog signal on February 17, 2009, as part of the FCC-mandated transition to digital television for full-power stations (which was later pushed back to June 12, 2009).[6] The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 33, using PSIP to display KVUE's virtual channel as 24 on digital television receivers.

KVUE is the only former Belo-owned ABC affiliate to broadcast its over-the-air signal in 720p (ABC's default HD format).

News operation[edit]

KVUE newscast title card; seen nightly at 10.

KVUE-TV presently broadcasts 31 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with five hours on weekdays and three hours each on Saturdays and Sundays).

On June 1, 2008, KVUE began broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition. With the transition, KVUE became the first Austin area station to implement HD weather graphics and broadcast field reports in the 16:9 widescreen format.

News/station presentation[edit]

Newscast Titles[edit]

  • Television 24 News (1971-1978)
  • 24 Action News (1978-1993)
  • KVUE 24 News (1993-2001)
  • KVUE News (2001–present)

Station slogans[edit]

  • "Where News Comes First" (1993–2001)
  • "Austin At It's Best" (2001–2002)
  • "Austin's News Station" (2002–present)[7]
  • "Where Trust is Earned" (2011–present)
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News team[edit]

Current on-air staff[8][edit]

  • Jim Bergamo - weeknights at 5:00 p.m.; also reporter
  • Quita Culpepper - weeknights at 5:00 p.m.; also reporter
  • Ashley Goudeau - weekend mornings on Daybreak (7:00-9:00 a.m.); also Austin/Travis Counties government reporter
  • Terri Gruca - weeknights at 6:00 and on KVUE News Nightbeat at 10:00 p.m.; also "Working for a Cure" feature reporter
  • Bryan Mays - weekday mornings on Daybreak (4:30-7:00) and weekdays at 11:00 a.m.
  • Jade Mingus - Saturdays at 6:00, Sundays at 5:00 and weekends on KVUE News Nightbeat at 10:00 p.m.; also court reporter
  • Yvonne Nava - weekday mornings on Daybreak (4:30-7:00) and weekdays at 11:00 a.m.
  • Tyler Sieswerda - weeknights at 6:00 and on KVUE News Nightbeat at 10:00 p.m.; also "Eat Drink & Be Wary" feature reporter
KVUE StormTeam
  • Mark Murray (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist and NWA Seals of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5:00, 6:00 and on the Nightbeat at 10:00 p.m.
  • Albert Ramon (AMS and NWA Seals of Approval) - meteorologist; weekday mornings on Daybreak (4:30-7:00) and weekdays at 11:00 a.m.
  • Andrew Chung (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; Saturdays at 6:00, Sundays at 5:00 and weekends on KVUE News Nightbeat at 10:00 p.m.
  • Ilona McCauley (AMS Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekend mornings on Daybreak (7:00-9:00 a.m.)
Sports team
  • Mike Barnes - sports director; weeknights at 6:00 and on KVUE News Nightbeat at 10:00 p.m.
  • Matt Mitchell - sports anchor; Saturdays at 6:00, Sundays at 5:00 and weekends on KVUE News Nightbeat at 10:00 p.m.; also sports reporter
  • Shawn Clynch - sports reporter
  • Kris Betts - general assignment reporter
  • Shelton Green - nightbeat/general assignment reporter
  • Jessica Holloway - police and crime reporter
  • Heather Kovar - general assignment reporter
  • Melissa Mahadeo - Williamson County/general assignment reporter
  • Shannon Murray - general assignment reporter
  • Andy Pierrotti - The Lead Defenders investigative reporter
  • Tony Plohetski - The Lead Defenders investigative reporter
  • Jessica Vess - weekday morning reporter
  • Mark Wiggins - political reporter
Belo bureau correspondents
  • Angela Kocherga - Mexico Border bureau correspondent
  • Dave Cassidy - Washington D.C. bureau correspondent; seen weekday mornings
  • Sue Turner - Washington D.C. bureau chief

Notable former on-air staff[edit]


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