Nicole Cross is a proud anchor, reporter and host of In Focus Texas for Spectrum News Austin and San Antonio. She feels honored to work for an organization that values credibility, ‘getting it right’, and has a dedication to creating diverse coverage and giving everyone a voice on the issues that matter most to them. Personally, Nicole is inspired by her deep love for people and their unique experiences, She simply likes talking to people and telling their stories. More so, Nicole considers hosting In Focus Texas as a dream job, allowing her to explore a diverse list of topics, talk to change makers, and give our viewers a deeper understanding of issues that affect them.
Prior to joining the Spectrum News team, Nicole spent time working at various stations across the country, winning several awards doing it. A well-respected and decorated journalist, Nicole has won four Associated Press awards, including Best Daytime Newscast, a Louisiana Association of Broadcasters award for Best Political Coverage, and an Emmy nomination for Breaking News Coverage. In addition, she was also chosen as Best News Anchor in Monroe, Louisiana. Prior to Nicole’s impressive journalism career, she spent almost two decades in the Psychology field. The recipient of several educational degrees, including PHD in Counselor Education, MS in Behavioral Science and a BA in Psychology, Nicole also worked as a PhD-level psychotherapist for over 15 years.
Among the countless stories Nicole has shared, one of her most memorable was her coverage of a mother that discovered her deceased daughter. While taking time to celebrate her life, the mother also worked with state lawmakers to pass legislation that prevents repeat sexual offenses and launched a nonprofit to help other sexual assault survivors. This mother's action, strength, and ability to create change and light out of such a devastating experience inspires Nicole daily, and impacted her life personally and professionally.
A native of Houston, Nicole loves connecting with viewers in the state in which she grew up. When she’s not in the newsroom, you can find her spending time with her family, hitting a Zumba class, planning her next trip, or mentoring youth. When it comes to the best kept secret of the Lone Star State, Nicole describes it as the fact that Texas is neither business nor leisure - you can happily thrive here both during and after business hours. If you have a story idea, feel free to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.