Houston Treasures

Jan Carson

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carson jan Jan Carson is highly regarded in Houston for her award-winning career as a TV news anchor, reporter and magazine columnist, and also for her leadership in creating innovative fundraising campaigns that have raised millions of dollars for non-profit organizations.

While anchoring the news on KPRC-TV Channel 2 and KTRK-TV Channel 13, Jan received numerous journalism awards for her coverage of issues affecting women, children and families. She continues that commitment to positive change today in her personal life as a community volunteer, board member and fundraiser.

Jan chaired the 2007 “Heroes for Heart” Ball which netted a record $1.3 million for the American Heart Association. In 2005, she chaired the “Honor Your Father Campaign for Prostate Cancer Research” at Baylor College of Medicine, which raised more than $6.5 million and earned a prestigious award from the National Association of Fundraising Professionals. Jan founded the “Urban Campout” for the San Jacinto Girl Scout Council, and the Jan Carson Invitational Golf Tournament benefiting The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston. She has also chaired events for the Houston Humane Society, the Huffington Center on Aging, The Women’s Home, and the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

For her volunteer efforts Jan was named a CCFA “Woman of Distinction” and a “Woman on the Move” by Texas Executive Women. She received the Mary Jo Peckham Award from the Assistance League of Houston, the “Leadership in Action” award from Leadership Houston, and the “Good Samaritan Award” from the Good Samaritan Counseling Center, among other honors. She is a board member of numerous non-profit organizations, including The Partnership for Baylor College of Medicine, Dress for Success and CCFA.

Jan and her husband Tim Connolly have a blended family of three adult children—Sydney, Meagan and Sean. They are pet lovers who dote on “Maddy,” a Golden Retriever, their Westie “Tessie” and their rescue cat “Bandit.” Jan and Tim enjoy sunsets at their Tiki Island bay house, traveling, and relaxing with friends.

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