Verne Lundquist

When Cowboys tight end Jackie Smith famously dropped a third-quarter touchdown pass during Super Bowl XIII in 1979, what sports anchor Verne Lundquist yelled out solidified the moment in sports history.

"Bless his heart! He's got to be the sickest man in America!"

Gus Contreras / KERA News

One of the iconic figures in North Texas news made some news himself this week.

WFAA-TV anchor John McCaa announced he'll retire next spring after 34 years at Channel 8. McCaa shares his experience and what he’s looking forward to in retirement in this week's Friday Conversation.

WFAA news anchor John McCaa
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WFAA-TV anchor John McCaa says he will retire in March after more than 42 years in the television news business. 

WFAA / Via SMU's film and video collection

The folks at the G. William Jones Film & Video Collection at Southern Methodist University unearthed a bit of historic KERA footage on Sunday.

Local television newsman Brett Shipp has left his position at Dallas-based WFAA to run for Congress, according to a news report from the station.

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The Dallas Cowboys' signing of Greg Hardy, suspended last year after a domestic violence conviction, fed a national conversation about domestic abuse. And one of the strongest voices came from a TV newsroom just down the street from KERA -- sportscaster Dale Hansen.

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For three decades, Gloria Campos has been like a member of the family to thousands of North Texans. In today’s Friday Conversation, the 59-year-old WFAA-Channel 8 anchor talks about her career as the first Latino anchor on local TV news and about how she’ll say goodbye tonight.


Gloria Campos, the longtime WFAA-TV news anchor, has retired. Her last newscast was at 10 p.m. March 7.

Campos, WFAA’s first Hispanic anchor, started at the station in 1984. For many years, she anchored both the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts. She anchored her last 6 p.m. newscast in 2012. (Scroll down to watch videos of Campos through the years on Channel 8.)

Campos spoke about her career with Rick Holter, KERA's vice president of news, in the Friday Conversation.


The Federal Communications Commission has approved Gannett Co.’s purchase of Dallas-based Belo Corp., including WFAA-TV (Channel 8). It’s the final regulatory clearance for the $1.5 billion deal for several TV stations across the country.

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The Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards were announced today by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Winners include several public media documentaries, as well as WFAA-TV (Channel 8) in Dallas-Fort Worth. WFAA and reporter Byron Harris will be honored for a  two-year investigative series “Dentacaid: Medicaid Dental Abuse in Texas,” that exposed pediatric dental Medicaid fraud.

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Belo, the Dallas-based chain of TV stations, was sold today to Gannett in a deal worth 2.2 billion dollars. Twenty stations will change hands, including Belo’s flagship, WFAA-Channel 8. Until now, IT’S been the only locally owned major-network affiliate in North Texas. This deal does NOT include The Dallas Morning News – the newspaper is owned by a spinoff company, A.H. Belo. This deal could reshape the broadcast landscape in North Texas.

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What will the Gannett buying Belo mean for WFAA-Channel 8? We don't know. But the station, which has been owned by Dallas-based Belo for more than 60 years, has been responsible for milestone coverage of the biggest events in the lifetimes of North Texas viewers.

The horrifying 911 call made by Deanna Cook has been released. WFAA obtained copies of the call she made the day she was killed. In that final call Cook never speaks to the operator directly, but can be heard begging her attacker not to hurt her.