KPRC 2 is proud to announce the return of Emmy Award-winning weather forecaster Anthony Yanez after more than six years with KNBC, part of the NBC Universal network in Los Angeles, on its morning newscast, KPRC 2 News Today.
“I’ve always loved KPRC 2 and Houston,” said Anthony, a married father of five. “The people in this church are unique and I can’t wait to get home.”
Prior to leaving in 2015, Anthony was part of the KPRC 2 weather team for more than 11 years and was a popular member of the KPRC 2 morning news team alongside morning announcer Owen Conflenti.
“Anthony Yanez & Owen Conflenti’s ‘Bromance’ has become a legend on Houston Morning TV,” said KPRC 2 Vice President / General Manager Jerry Martin. “We’re excited to have Anthony back at KPRC 2 News today, where he belongs!”
Houston viewers got their first glimpse of Anthony during the KPRC 2 team coverage of Hurricane Claudette in the summer of 2003; It was his first day on the air!
With over 25 years of broadcasting experience, Anthony has discovered his passion for the weather and holds seals of approval from well-known weather organizations such as the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and the National Weather Association (NWA). It was named Best Weather Show 2020 by the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California.
Anthony joined KPRC 2 in 2003 from KRQE in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is returning to Texas with his wife, Rebecca, and their four Houston-born children. The oldest child graduated from Lamar High School and Texas Tech and now lives in Washington, DC. The Yanez family will be making the move with their two adopted Houston area dogs named Harvey and Houston and their 4 cats. (Scroll down to read the story of the pups that will return to Texas with the Yanez family.)
Anthony Yanez pictured with his wife and four of his five children. (Anthony Yanez)
He is the author of the children’s book A Wild Ride on the Water Cycle: A Jake & Alice Adventure, a story about two drops of water.
Anthony’s first day at KPRC 2 will be September 1, 2021. We are happy to have him back at home and in the studio with his longtime friend Owen and presenters Lisa Hernandez and Anavid Reyes!
Owen Conflenti and Anthony Yanez were friends at anchor and outside of work (KPRC / Click2Houston.com)
THE STORY OF HOUSTON & HARVEY
How do two inseparable brothers roaming a field in Houston get together at a meteorologist and his family in Los Angeles? The journey began with a tremendous flood.
Anthony Yanez with the puppies Harvey & Houston (Anthony Yanez)
Two weeks before Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas, two dogs roamed an open field, lost with no homes. A good Samaritan could get the dogs in his car and take them to the Red Collar Rescue. The dogs never left the side.
The owner of the shelter named them Princeton and Harvard. And then the storm hit southeast Texas. Record floods resulted in hundreds of dogs being lost and sent to shelters while waiting to be found by their families. Princeton and Harvard had no homes and took up valuable space with more pets arriving daily. When Anthony and his wife Rebecca realized the need in Houston, they called Charlotte, the owner of Red Collar Rescue, and asked if there was anything they could do to help.
The Yanez family got their cats and dogs from Red Collar when they lived in Texas. Charlotte said they needed to find a home for two dogs that she knew had no homes and could not be separated. Anthony and Rebecca knew this was the right thing to do and said yes. Princeton and Harvard were put on a plane headed for California. The Yanez family changed names to Houston and Harvey, and the two brothers have been with the family since 2017.
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