Ken Molestina is one of the newest additions to the 9NEWS NOW team, and is thrilled to now call Washington, DC, home. Born in New York, and raised in Miami, Ken is excited to be back on the East Coast.
Prior to coming to 9NEWS NOW, Ken was an anchor/reporter at KVIA-TV in El Paso, Texas. There he focused on crime and public safety reporting. He's won an Emmy Award for his work on exposing underground sewer tunnels in El Paso which were being used by illegal immigrants and human smugglers as routes to break into the U.S. He's also been nominated for another Emmy Award for his reporting on the Barrio Azteca gang, a dangerous trans-national border gang that primarily operates along both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Ken is also the recipient of a 1st place award from the Associated Press in the "Breaking News" category.
He says one of the most impactful stories he ever covered was the execution of a Texas death row inmate. Ken gave him his last public interview the day before he was executed and was a witness to the execution the following afternoon.
Ken also has experience working as a first responder. He spent nearly 3 years working as a volunteer firefighter for the West Valley Fire Department in El Paso County, Texas.
Prior to his work in El Paso he worked at WUFT-TV and WRUF-AM radio in Gainesville, Florida. He is a proud graduate of the University of Florida and, as you would imagine, is a die hard Gator Fan.
In his time off from work you can catch him playing tourist throughout the Washington area.
Feel free to drop him a line to say a hello or pass along a news tip at firstname.lastname@example.org.