Kessler McLaughlin joined the KBTX news team in January 2014 as a Photojournalist/Reporter. Raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Kessler is excited and proud to call the Brazos Valley his new home.
Kessler's news career started when he was just 11, working as a cub reporter for a statewide newspaper in Arizona, Bear Essential News for Kids. His first story was covering the arrival of President Bush to the Valley of the Sun in September 2002. The journalism bug bit him as he stood shoulder-to-shoulder with national and local TV reporters covering the event.
Since then, Kessler landed interviews with Janet Napolitano when she was Governor of Arizona, Jamie Kennedy, and others. He landed a "junior internship" at KPHO TV when he was 12. There, Kessler shadowed anchors and reporters, assisted producers, and sat behind the assignment desk learning what makes a news story important to viewers. The folks at KPHO became his adopted family of sorts and showed him what it means to be part of a team serving the greater good, a philosophy Kessler carries with him today.
After Kessler moved to Texas, he filed his first TV report for WDOG News, the weekly show at Magnolia High School in Magnolia, Texas. The report, an in-depth look at the damage wrought by Hurricane Ike, earned him the nickname "The Bouncing Reporter." A quick search of the video on YouTube will reveal why. He's since honed his on-air performance and eliminated the hopping!
Before he left high school, Kessler won two separate national awards at the Student Television Network convention for live reporting, and took first place in the prestigious anchoring competition, beating out other high school news anchors across the nation.
A CBS News Scholar, Kessler anchored news, sports, and weather, in addition to hosting a radio show in college.
In his downtime, Kessler loves playing golf, trying new restaurants, and mentoring high school youth.
Kessler believes in Steve Hartman's newsgathering philosophy that everybody has a story. He loves to meet new people so email him at firstname.lastname@example.org to say hello!