Top Fittest News Anchors in Houston


We watch them on local news everyday and can even feel like they are part of our daily routine… News Anchors in Houston can be a great example for us, especially if they lead healthy lifestyles. This is why we feel that those in the media have a responsibility to be good examples to their viewers- because they are literally in our homes everyday, being watched by our spouses, our kids, our friends.

“More media personalities need to be aware of how a healthier lifestyle can have a positive impact on American society and how their influence as ambassadors can be crucial in changing this nation towards being a leader in fitness.” -Samir Becic

We first researched all the available data on the news anchors online and narrowed it down. We used a combination of interviews, internet, industry literature, and Samir Becic’s knowledge of over 33 years in athletics coupled with his experience as 4 times Number 1 Fitness Trainer in the World to narrow the field down to 10.

The anchors on this list not only lead healthy lifestyles themselves, but also promote within their public roles on their news stations and in the greater Houston area.

The following was all taken into consideration: fitness level, nutritional habits, age, their own medical issues and how they coped with them, and involvement and promotion of healthy lifestyle.

Here is Samir Becic and the Health Fitness Revolution‘s list of the Top 10 Fittest News Anchors in Houston in no particular order:

Dominique Sachse – KPRC 2

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  • Works out 3-4 times a week
  • For cardio: takes spin classes or rides the bike
  • Strength Training
  • Resistance training

Deborah Duncan – KHOU 11

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  • Trains using the methods of Samir Becic
  • Has a very happy personality and often sings and makes jokes while training
  • Enjoys power training
  • Loves workouts that involve arms and crunches

Miguel Bedoy- Univision

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  • Calisthenics
  • Runs
  • Great advocate of healthy lifestyle and has had HFR founder Samir Becic on his segments in both Dallas and Houston
  • Is an advocate of healthy eating
  • Wants to inspire the Latino community to be healthier and fitter- especially the young population

Rita Garcia – FOX 26

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  • Runs
  • Long Walks
  • Eats a very balanced diet
  • Enjoys meditation

Melissa Wilson – FOX 26

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  • Plays sports with her children
  • Suba Drives
  • Sky Dives
  • White Water Rafting
  • Knows Tae Kwon Do
  • Gym
  • Organic Diet

Art Rascon – ABC 13

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  • Snowboarding
  • Racquet Ball
  • Runs
  • Has finished two marathons

Mia Gradney – KHOU 11

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  • Runs
  • Rollerblade
  • Yoga
  • Push-ups
  • Competed in the Warrior Dash, the Metro Dash, and the BPMS-150
  • Says that her trick is when she doesn’t have the time for a full workout that she will jump rope to an entire song
  • Says music like the Black Eyed Peas motivates her during her workouts

Lauren Freeman – KPRC 2


  • Works out with a trainer
  • Avid Runner (4-6 times a week)
  • Cross trains with the rowing machine
  • Spinning
  • Doing the elliptical
  • Sometimes biking

Keith Garvin – KPRC 2


  • Runner
  • Lift Weights
  • Swims
  • Lateral Elliptical
  • Stationary Bike once a week

Eric Braate – KPRC 2


  • Avid Runner
  • Avid Biker
  • Has completed several triathlons

Rachel McNeill – KPRC 2


  • Runs
  • Squats
  • Yoga
  • Lift Weights
  • Power walks in the evening
  • Jazzercise
  • Healthy diet with no soda or artificial sweeteners

Andy Cerota – KPRC 2

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  • Enjoys cycling
  • Participated in the annual Bike to Work Day
  • Participated in the Bulldog Ride (32 miles of cycling)
  • Enjoys adventure athletics
  • Runs
  • Lifts weights
  • “I’m passionate about health, fitness & travel,” he said.
  • Enjoys learning about different cultures while traveling

Christine Dobbyn – ABC 13


  • Avid Runner
  • Completed 5 half-marathons
  • Strength Training twice a week
  • Bicycling on the Bayou
  • Strength training twice a week
  • She’s always looking for fun ways to be active when she can

Erik Barajas – ABC 13

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  • Participated in the Jingle Bell 5 Mile Run
  • Ran with his wife in the 5K Adventure Race in 2011
  • Continually covers fitness stories like SurfSET
  • Even keeps his kids active during their summer camps

Michelle Merhar – FOX 26


  • Golfs
  • Tennis
  • Exercise with her two Boxer-dogs
  • Prepares for her next triathlon/adventure race
  • First degree black belt in Tang Soo Do

Sally MacDonald – FOX 26


  • Former swimmer in college
  • Was Part of the Woodlands swim team in high school
  • Avid Runner
  • Currently doing whole 30 challenge/ diet
  • Chasing kids
  • Pushing them in a Jogging stroller
  • Clean diet

John Dawson – FOX 26

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  • Works out 3-5 times per week
  • swims
  • biking
  • running
  • Increase 5-6 times per week when training for a race
  • BodyPump class at least once a week


  1. I can understand most people on this list. Why is Deborah Duncan on this list? Why does “Has a very happy personality and often sings and makes jokes while training” constitutes being fit?

    • Hi Gary,
      Thanks for the comment! Many of the people on the list made it because they promote fitness to their viewers- which Deborah does frequently. There were several anchors that are very fit but because they do not promote health to their fans, did not make the list. The fact the Deborah has a happy personality contributes to her health- read our article about it here
      Our goal here at Health Fitness Revolution is to promote awareness and find good leaders that want to make the world happier, healthier, and fitter!

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