A closer look at The Texas Daily's cast

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The cast of contributors to The Texas Daily has a rich DFW history. Here's a little background:

Jeff Brady, host: Best known for his eight years at WFAA/Channel 8, where he was as an anchor-reporter. A veteran of more than 20 years in the news business, he is the founder and chief executive officer of Brady Media Group, a media strategy company.

Gary Cogill: WFAA's movie critic/entertainment reporter for 24 years, Cogill says he has seen more than 10,000 movies and interviewed more than 20,000 actors.

John Criswell: Spent nearly 25 years on the air in DFW, first as an anchor-reporter at WFAA, then in a similar position at KDFW/Channel 4. Since leaving KDFW in 1997, he has been active in a number of volunteer and consulting interests.

Debbie Denmon: One of the younger contributors, Denmon is best known for her 12 years at WFAA/Channel 8, where she worked as an anchor-reporter in a variety of time slots. She left in 2012 to become spokeswoman for the Dallas County district attorney's office.

Jolene DeVito: Worked at WFAA and TXCN from 1998 to 2005 and previously worked in Austin and Tyler. Has been a broadcast talent coach since 2005.

Troy Dungan: Spent 31 years as the bow-tie-wearing weatherman at WFAA and had previously worked in Orlando, Fla.; Houston; Philadelphia; and Detroit. (He also did weather for WBAP/820 AM.) He retired in 2007.

Midge Hill: Had anchor gigs at WFAA and KTVT/Channel 11. According to her bio, her first broadcast industry job was making coffee at a radio station in Wheeling, W.Va., but the program director liked her voice so much that he gave her an on-air newsroom job.

Suzie Humphreys: Worked for WFAA but is best known for her time with DFW radio great Ron Chapman on his long-running KVIL/103.7 FM show. A breast cancer survivor, Humphreys is an author and motivational speaker and a member of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.

Iola Johnson: Worked at WFAA from 1973 to 1985 and spent 12 years at KKDA/730 AM during its "Soul 73" days. In 2000, she returned to TV to team with former WFAA colleague Tracy Rowlett at KTVT.

Scott Murray: Spent 22 years as sports director/anchor for KXAS/Channel 5 before leaving in 2003 to focus on public speaking and charity work. He is chairman and CEO of Murray Media.

Robert Riggs: Spent 27 years in television and is most familiar here as an investigative reporter for WFAA, then KTVT. He has won Peabody and duPont awards and has had stories featured on 60 Minutes.

Tracy Rowlett: Arguably The Texas Daily's most familiar face, Rowlett worked at Channel 8 from 1974 to 1999, when he made a highly publicized switch to KTVT, where he stayed till 2008. While he was serving in the Air Force, he worked for Armed Forces Radio and Television at Wheelus Air Base in Tripoli, Libya -- where he broke the news of the Kennedy assassination to people in the Middle East.

John Sparks: Spent most of his time behind the scenes as a producer in a career that included stints at all four of DFW's top commercial stations (KDFW, KXAS, KTVT and WFAA). He says that at one time or another, he worked with almost everyone in The Texas Daily's cast. He grew up in Fort Worth and played trumpet in the Eastern Hills High School band, which played Hail to the Chief during President John F. Kennedy's visit in 1963.

Phyllis Watson: Worked at WFAA for much of the '80s and was an anchor-reporter at KDFW from 1995 to 1998. She has also worked for stations in Chicago, Tulsa, Milwaukee and Cincinnati.

-- Robert Philpot

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