When Mark Hayes left his morning anchor spot at NBC 5 in early January, that created a bit of an anchor shuffle at the station: evening anchor Marc Fein moved into the morning spot, which created an opening in the 5 and 6 p.m. slots.
While the station is still deciding who will anchor those slots, one thing is certain: Channel 5 will be getting a new anchor-reporter — Bianca Castro of Orlando’s WFTV, a native Californian with strong Texas ties.
Starting in March, she will join Kristi Nelson in anchoring NBC 5 News First at 4 p.m., and she will report as well, according to a statement from Susan Tully, the station’s vice president of news.
Castro, who had been with WFTV since 2010, will have her last day at Orlando’s WFTV on Feb. 21, according to a report in the Orlando Sentinel.
Castro grew up in Plano and worked in Waco and Corpus Christi. Her bio on the WFTV website reads: “During college, I interned at WFAA in Dallas and was hooked! I graduated from Baylor University (sic ’em Bears!), where I met my husband. … I started my career in Waco, TX, where I reported on a vast range of stories, from President George W. Bush’s visits to his Crawford ranch to issues facing our troops at Fort Hood in Killeen. After several years, I moved to the Texas coast, where I was the weekday evening anchor for KRIS in Corpus Christi.”
Tully says that Castro, who is fluent in Spanish, had her first job out of Baylor reporting/producing/anchoring at the Telemundo station in Waco.
UPDATE: We heard from Castro on Monday, and she answered a few questions via email.
How do you feel about coming back?
Even though North Texas is home, I didn’t set out in my career with an end goal of “coming back home.” But it’s happening- and I’m beyond thrilled! I know the importance of family and it is so nice to once again be closer to them.
When’s the last time you were in DFW?
The last time I lived there was more than 10 years ago — but I visit every year. The last time I visited was last December.
What are your favorite kinds of stories to work on?
I like uncovering how our tax money is spent and keeping tabs on our elected officials. My career is rooted in investigative journalism. All that being said, I enjoy telling all kinds of stories and meeting all kinds of people. I love meeting characters in our community.
What do you plan to visit when you’re back?
My list is long. Very long! Although Orlando has great shopping, DFW has it beat. Expect to find me at the big malls and shopping centers within my first two weeks of being there! As far as food goes, I absolutely miss Texas BBQ. There’s just nothing like it. I’ll hit up Rudy’s ASAP for a quick fix. I’m also looking forward to a night with friends at Joe T. Garcia’s again and catching a performance at Bass Hall, where my husband and I got married! I know many things have changed in the 10 years that I’ve been gone, so I’m looking forward to exploring the area!!