Katie McCall is a reporter/anchor here at FOX 26. She has 17 years of on-air experience in the news business, and has spent the majority of her career right here in Houston.
Katie's grandfather was born in Brownsville. Her parents lived at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, while her father, a surgeon, was in the air force. Dr. McCall later served in Vietnam, so Katie is deeply grateful to all veterans, and their families.
"There are a lot of veterans here in Texas. I cherish the chance to thank them for their sacrifice, and to assist them, through my work here at FOX 26," says Katie. "Fox is a company that, rightfully, has shown tremendous interest in the way we treat the people who risk their lives, and who are willing to die, for our right to have a free press. Without them, where would we be?"
Katie is a cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt University, where she majored in both English and Spanish, receiving highest honors from the English department for her work on her senior thesis. She has received awards from the Associated Press and the Houston Press, which named her best local news reporter in 2004.
A self-professed “science nerd,” Katie loves stories involving medicine and the space program, both of which make Houston a perfect place for her. Our medical center and the Johnson Space Center are favorite spots where she has covered stories that made national 'front-page' news.
Katie also covered Tropical Storm Allison, Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Katrina. She was at the Astrodome when New Orleans evacuees pulled up in buses they commandeered.
She covered the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy.
The Astros World Series run remains one of her favorites, along with the now-infamous Super Bowl “wardrobe malfunction” by Janet Jackson. The next day, Katie obtained the exclusive interview with the local tailor who orchestrated the alleged “accident.”
Katie also enjoys reporting legal and business news. Noteworthy cases she's covered include: the rise and fall of Enron, Arthur Andersen and Stanford Financial. She obtained exclusive stories while covering the Andrea Yates case, and Clara Harris case, both of which involved the insanity defense, an area of the law in which Katie has covered in several markets. She began her career in 1997, in Nashville, Tennessee, where her news director was Al Tompkins, now of Poynter-Institute fame.
She has also worked in Tucson, Arizona, and Chicago, where she covered then-Senator Barack Obama, following his career all the way to the White House. While in Chicago, Katie covered the R. Kelly trial, and the federal indictments of not one, but two Illiniois governors: George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich. She also covered now-imprisoned former police officer Drew Peterson, whose fourth wife, Stacey, disappeared, and has never been found. Peterson was charged with murder when his deceased third wife's body was exhumed, revealing evidence of a homicide. She also covered the Bears road to the Super Bowl, and the crushing defeat by the Colts.
In her free time, Katie enjoys spending time with her family, at the beach. She's a golfer, runner, and swimmer. Katie is very involved in her church, where she serves as a lay scripture reader. Katie is devoted to several charities, most who work on behalf of vulnerable, neglected, and impoverished children, and people battling cancer. She plays in the “Jamie's Hope” golf tournament each year, which raises money for m.d. Anderson cancer center. Katie is deeply indebted to M.D. Anderson, for its work to defeat a disease that claimed the life of beloved cousin, who lived in Houston for a year, while participating in a clinical trial. “Life is a gift,” Katie says, “I am so grateful that people allow me to tell the stories that affect their lives, and I hope, in some small way, that what I do with my life will make a difference in someone else's. Hearing people say that I helped them is what keeps me passionate about life.”