Denise Middleton is a hometown girl, born and raised in southwest Houston. She is excited to join the FOX 26 News team as the weekend morning anchor and reporter. Denise was first inspired to become a journalist growing up in Houston. She’s a proud graduate of James Madison Senior High School and the University of Houston. She was a recipient of several local scholarship programs, such as the Evan E. Worthing Scholarship Fund, the Linda Lorelle Scholarship Foundation and the Soul Patrol Scholarship Program, a program supported by former presidents George H.W Bush and Bill Clinton. During her senior year of high school, she was chosen to deliver the keynote speech at a fundraising gala for Soul Patrol, with former president George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush in attendance. It was then, that she gained the confidence to continue to pursue a career in broadcast journalism. Denise landed her first job as a general assignment reporter in Hastings, Nebraska. From there, she headed south to Shreveport, Louisiana, where she worked as a morning anchor and reporter. Denise comes home to FOX 26 Houston after spending five years as an evening anchor in Little Rock, Arkansas. She helped lead team coverage of Arkansas’ controversial executions of multiple inmates in 2017. She has also covered many natural disasters from tornados to winter storms throughout her career. Denise is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering, mentoring, watching movies, cheering on the UH Cougars at all of their sporting events and spending time with her husband and children. She’s thrilled to be back home and looks forward to spending time in the local communities and sharing the stories that matter most. If you have a story idea to share, she’d love to hear from you.
FOX 26's Denise Middleton spoke with an ICU nurse who was in attendance during the Astroworld music festival and assisted first responders at the concert, where eight people died and several other members of the crowd were injured.
Local counselor helps high school students prepare for the transition to college during the pandemic.
As we gear up for the new school year, many students are still in need of extra support to make up for disrupted learning during the pandemic. Studies show kids are behind in reading achievement, especially in the early grades.
Artists and volunteers work on Black Lives Matter mural honoring George Floyd at Jack Yates High School in the Third Ward.
2020 has been a tough year on everyone with working from home, COVID-19 precautions, and other stress-related issues.
Lockdowns, restrictions, and fear of infection throughout the pandemic have forced many of us to spend more time at home and online.
Texas A&M has worked to provide mental health services in many different ways, but with the help of Kognito's At Risk training they're giving students the tools they need to help each other by conversing with virtual humans and acting out real-life crisis scenarios.
A new study shows women worldwide are doing more unpaid labor, spending 31 hours per week caring for children since the start of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
Eirene Heidelberger, CEO of Git Mom, is helping parents find a balance that works during the pandemic.
More than 1.6 million people cast their ballots, which is 67% turnout in Harris County. We’re told that puts Harris County about 300,000 over the all-time record.