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NFL Network’s Istook comes home to Fort Worth, News 8 Daybreak

NFL TV’s Istook comes home to Fort Worth, News 8 Daybreak

NFL TV’s Istook comes home to Fort Worth, News 8 Daybreak
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NFL TV’s Istook comes home to Fort Worth, News 8 Daybreak

With a change of headgear, Texas native Marc Istook announced Thursday that he’ll come home to Dallas-Fort Worth as the new morning co-anchor on WFAA/Channel 8’s “News 8 Daybreak.”

On Twitter and Facebook, Istook showed himself taking off a Los Angeles Dodgers cap and donning a straw cowboy hat with the message: “After almost 18 years, I’m leaving Los Angeles and headed back to my home state of Texas.”

Istook lately was an anchor and host on the NFL Network. Earlier, he was a Food Network national host and correspondent for the TV Guide Network, among many TV gigs after he moved to California from his first job at KTEN/Channel 10 in Denison.

On News 8 Daybreak, he joins co-anchor Kara Sewell, meteorologist Greg Fields and traffic anchor Demetria Obilor.

Istook grew up in southwest Fort Worth. He graduated from Southwest High School and Texas Christian University, where he was honored in 2011 with the school’s Outstanding Young Professional Award.

He started in television running ESPN’s “clock and score” graphic during a TCU game, according to a TCU Magazine profile. Then he interned as a news reporter in the WFAA Fort Worth bureau and in sports at WFAA’s Dallas studio.

“In a way, this is full circle for me,” he wrote in an online message.

“I interned at WFAA and dreamed of one day working there. So to come back home to Texas with a job at Channel 8, I’m beyond thrilled.”

Istook has tweeted often about TCU and Fort Worth, and made no secret of his love for both.

“One thing I’m most looking forward to about being back home,” he wrote, “is the food — queso, barbecue, old favorites like a margarita outdoors at Joe T.’s [García’s], brisket from Cousin’s, a burger from Kincaid’s!”

Istook’s name first appears in Star-Telegram archives when he was 13. As a Wedgwood Middle School student, he was quoted in a story about shopping malls. Later, he interviewed Billy Joel for Class Acts, a features section written for and by teens.

Istook succeeds former co-anchor Ron Corning. Anchor Jason Wheeler has been among fill-in anchors.

(The Star-Telegram has a content-sharing agreement with WFAA.)

Columnist Bud Kennedy is a Fort Worth guy who covered high school football at 16 and has moved on to two Super Bowls, seven political conventions and 16 Texas Legislature sessions. First on the scene of a 1988 DFW Airport crash, he interviewed passengers running from the burning plane. He made his first appearance in the paper before he was born: He was sold for $600 in the adoption classifieds.

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