Like a lot of folks in town, Tom's not a native Houstonian but he got a taste of Texas a long time ago. Some of his fondest memories are of childhood visits with family that still lives here: surfing in the Gulf, NASA during the Apollo days, getting his first cowboy hat. Tom has worn a lot of different hats since coming to FOX 26 in 1998, including as an investigative reporter, the station's consumer advocate ‘Problem Solver' and reporter for the highly-successful Predator Check project. He has also covered a lot of the area's modern-day tragedies and joys: The Aggie Bonfire collapse, The Shuttle Columbia disaster, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Astros 2005 trip to the World Series and the two occasions the Super Bowl was held at NRG Stadium. If there's a story to tell, Tom wants to meet the special people making news and share their tales. When not working, you can often find Tom on a bicycle, pedaling Texas roads, finding charitable causes like the National MS Society to help or staying busy with his family. He's happy to share his Texas adventure with his wife and two daughters.
Mortgage rates continue to fall. 30 year fixed-rate loans slid, this week, below 3% for the first time in more than a year. That 'affordable' money adding fuel to a growing trend of people looking to move.
The Port of Galveston is pushing hard to get cruise ships sailing from the island again after being idled by the pandemic.
After more than a year of the pandemic, a lot of people have felt their finances pinched. That's especially true for those who were hoping to retire, only to find they may have to wait.
A new survey from the University of Houston's Hobby School of Public Affairs shows how hard Houston and Harris County were hit, compared to the rest of the state.
While the pandemic has made it impossible for some retailers to stay in business, a new report suggests tens of thousands of retailers could disappear in the coming years.
One of the byproducts of the pandemic is that we've watched a lot more TV, in the last year. A survey found two-thirds of us are watching more, or at least as much TV, as pre-pandemic times.
An emergency housing facility, near Bush Intercontinental Airport, has been set-up to take them in and divert a growing number of migrant children being held in temporary shelters along the border.
While the Houston area struggles to recover jobs that were lost, during the pandemic, one employer is looking to grow, in a big way, with some unusual benefits.
As oil prices inch back up from a terrible year, and Covid vaccines offer hope that the pandemic will be beaten, Houston's commercial real estate business is far from recovered.
The average price of gasoline, in Houston, sits at $2.60 gallon, up almost $0.40, from a month ago. While few like to see the price at the pump going up, those fluctuations can be a direct reflection of how well the world is handling its business.