Who I am
Dominique Sachse is represented by Ken Lindner of Ken Lindner and Associates, Inc. 310-277-9223 www.kenlindner.com
I am the evening news anchor at a TV station that feels like second home to me. Maybe you sense that when I’m on air at KPRC Local 2. It’s also been said that co-anchors are like arranged marriages. Well, I can only thank the “arranger,” because my pairings have been nothing short of stupendous! Just look at the great people with whom I get to communicate Houston’s stories. It’s almost a crime to call this work, almost. And now, I’m celebrating a milestone. I’ve been a broadcast journalist, at the same station, since 1993.
My road here was off the beaten path, especially in this business at the time. I began as a Metro Traffic reporter for a variety of radio stations in 1990. One of them, Mix 96.5, hired me as a disc jockey, where I worked overnights and then late nights. I jumped ship and came to Ch. 2 for the morning show traffic position. While here, I gave it my all filling in on the anchor desk one week. New management noticed, and I’ve been at that desk, at different time periods, ever since.
I’m often asked, “What have been your favorite stories to cover?” There are too many to mention, but President George W Bush’s inauguration in January 2001 and Pope John Paul II’s visit to Mexico City canonizing Juan Diego in 2002 were biggies. So were my London trips to cover the Royal Wedding in 2010 and the Olympics in 2012. My first assignment was a behind-the-scenes series of all the hot NBC-TV shows at the time called “Assignment Hollywood” in 1994. I have to admit, that was pretty cool, too. The most touching and gut-wrenching though involve the aftermath of tropical storms and hurricanes. It’s then you realize how fragile we are and truly dependent on one another’s benevolence and good will.
My work over the years has blessed me with some shiny hardware: An Emmy and several AWRT awards for on-air personality, the prestigious Edward R. Murrow as show host for “Jennifer’s Story,” as well as accolades from the Houston Press club and the Texas Associated Press. The University of Houston, my alma mater, (go Coogs!) named me an “Outstanding Young Communications Alumna” and “Distinguished Alumni.” But, the best award is when a viewer says, “I’ve been watching you since your traffic days.” It’s that history and sense of connection that resonates with me. I’m proud to have told many interesting and memorable stories about Houston and its people, and the fact that you trust me to do it and invite me into your home every day, is the biggest honor.
While all this work stuff is great, really great, nothing tops the reward of being in the game as a parent, wife and step-mom. It’s a balancing act, not centered around the daily home run, but more on the batting average and showing heart, soul and determination every time you step up to the plate. Can’t you tell I’m the mother of a son?
You can email Dominique at [email protected]