New KBTX Evening Lineup Announced

Published: Apr. 23, 2017 at 9:26 PM CDT
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KBTX is proud to announce that Rusty Surette will be joining Karla Castillo on News 3 at Ten, the region’s most watched late evening news. In addition, Karla Castillo will be taking on a new program replacing KBTX’s 5 p.m. programming, Live at 5 with Karla Castillo. Live at 5 will take on the day’s news in a fast-paced format that focuses on what’s happening right now. Kathleen Witte will continue to anchor First News at Four and will join Rusty Surette on News 3 at 6, the region’s top rated news program. These program changes will begin on Monday, April 24.

“The Brazos Valley is among the nation’s fastest growing communities, and we know we have to grow with it and respond accordingly. That’s why we’re making an investment in the talent and resources we know it takes to tell the stories of our communities,” said KBTX General Manager Mike Wright.

Live at 5 with Karla Castillo will draw on the significant global resources of KBTX, our parent company Gray Television and KBTX’s numerous coverage partners. Produced by Madisonville native Heather Falls, the newscast will take a specific look at how what’s happening now affects residents in the Brazos Valley.

In 2017, Karla Castillo was honored by the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters as the state’s best anchor in a mid-size television market. She has previously been honored repeatedly by the Lone Star Emmy Foundation and the Texas AP broadcasters for her work as an anchor and reporter at KBTX. Karla moved to the Brazos Valley in 2005 and began her career at KBTX four years later. In 2011, Karla helped launch First News at Four, which has been routinely recognized as one of the state’s outstanding afternoon news magazines.

Karla began anchoring News 3 at Ten in 2015. Outside of work, Karla enjoys volunteering her time with Scotty’s House, the March of Dimes and talking about the importance of education in local schools- both in English and Spanish. She’s also a proud law enforcement wife and enjoys spending time with her husband, Mike, and their son. She is a member of Texas Avenue Baptist Church in College Station.

“I’m excited to bring a different kind of news to the Brazos Valley, focused on the pace at which we live our lives,” said Castillo. “I know what it’s like to juggle kids, a home, and trying to keep up with what’s going on in the world, and I think KBTX has a unique ability to help people better understand what’s going on out there. I know the news industry is changing and I’m proud we have support to do all we can to stay ahead of the curve.”

Rusty Surette joined KBTX in 2015 as a reporter and the anchor of First News at Four and News 3 at Five alongside Kathleen Witte. Rusty came to KBTX after serving as an executive producer and reporter for KWTV in Oklahoma City. He grew up in Port Arthur and began shooting video for the local news in his early teens. Since then, he’s worked in newsrooms in Tyler, Raleigh, Las Vegas, Beaumont, Lake Charles and Oklahoma City before settling in the Brazos Valley. Rusty serves on the board of local nonprofits Health for All and Project Unity. He’s happy to be sticking with Kathleen on News 3 at Six, and excited to join Karla Castillo on the anchor desk for News 3 at Ten.

“Returning to Texas and planting roots in the Brazos Valley has been incredibly important to me. As I join the evening anchor team, I look forward to continuing to fight for the Brazos Valley through real investigative reporting,” said Surette.

On First News at Four, Kathleen Witte looks forward to expanding the show’s signature “Focus at Four” segment to the full half-hour. With how fast news breaks in our world, the daily newsmagazine will take a deep dive on one big issue for the entire program. Longtime Bryan resident Hardy Meredith will produce the unique look behind the day’s big headline.

Kathleen came to KBTX in 2015 from Alexandria, Louisiana, where she worked as an evening anchor at Gray Television’s KALB. Kathleen nurtured a childhood love of journalism while studying at the University of North Carolina. At KALB, Kathleen covered everything from hurricanes to the arts, and she’s brought that experience with her to KBTX, where she has been consistently recognized by the Texas AP Broadcasters for her anchoring and reporting. Each month, she’s proud to profile local children in need of adoption for KBTX’s Wednesday’s Child. Outside of work, Kathleen serves on the board of the Salvation Army of Bryan/College Station and on the local executive leadership team for the March of Dimes.

“I’m proud to be building on the success we’ve had at 4 p.m., and I look forward to taking on stories we haven’t always had the resources to handle,” said Witte. “I’m also really excited to be joining Rusty on the anchor desk at 6 p.m. Working with him every day is as fun as it is rewarding, especially with how welcoming the Brazos Valley has always been to us.”

As always, Shel Winkley and Darryl Bruffett will join Karla, Rusty and Kathleen with the latest look at weather and sports in the Brazos Valley.

KBTX’s Pinpoint Forecast Team, led by Chief Meteorologist Shel Winkley, is the only team of degreed meteorologists focused on weather in the Brazos Valley. Shel also teaches at Texas A&M and serves as the University’s meteorologist liaison for special events, which he says is a humbling honor as an Aggie. Outside of the office, he serves on the board of the Prenatal Clinic and enjoys spending time with his wife, Elizabeth, and daughter.

Darryl Bruffett, who celebrates his 30th year at KBTX in 2017, leads the area’s most experienced sports department. Under Darryl’s tenure, KBTX Sports has focused on providing the local coverage important to Brazos Valley families. Outside of KBTX, Darryl enjoys spending time with his wife, Lori, and their three children. He is actively involved in the annual Hospice Happening and is a member of Central Baptist Church in Bryan. Darryl is a proud graduate of Sam Houston State University.

KBTX is the Brazos Valley’s largest broadcast and digital news provider, proudly serving the area since 1957. The station provides nearly 25 hours of local news each week and maintains 24/7 news outlets in and the KBTX app. KBTX celebrates its 60th anniversary on May 20, 2017.