Houston Treasure for 2007
Photo by: Alexander’s Fine Portrait Design
An incorrigible overachiever, Linda Lorelle is a two-time Emmy Award-winning journalist whose reports have touched, impacted, and saved lives. Beloved by Houstonians, she has anchored Houston TV news for years, racking up countless honors for projects including “Buddy Check 2” (on early breast cancer detection), “Beyond Brown vs. Board” (on Houston school desegregation), “Sydney’s Story” (about Houston anchor Sydney Seaward’s breast cancer battle), and “41@80” (documenting President Bush’s 80th birthday).
After earning degrees in Developmental Psychology and Italian Language from Stanford University, and a successful career as a professional dancer and actress, Linda took a Masters in Broadcast Journalism and before long was a lead anchor at KPRC, where she presided for 14 years, spearheaded the station’s documentary projects and hosting special programs like the Muscular Dystrophy and College Fund (UNCF) Telethons. Her singing talents have delighted audiences at “A Christmas Songfest” benefiting local AIDS charities. She is currently a freelance journalist and Contributing Correspondent for FOX 26. Linda takes pride in the variety of stories she has covered: hurricanes, presidential inaugurations, the space program–including shuttle flights of John Glenn and Dr. Mae Jemison (the first woman astronaut of color in space), and numerous sports finals. Her documentaries reside in the Bush Presidential Library and the Peabody Collection of the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago, and she has twice received a prestigious national Gracie Award from the American Women in Radio and Television.
Linda’s interest in children’s education led her to found the Linda Lorelle Scholarship Fund providing major college scholarships and support to Houston area students with average grades from challenging backgrounds. The LLSF has awarded more than $1.6 million to more than 200 students and annually hosts thousands of students and parents at its free College Preparatory Conference. Linda’s community activities have included board service to Houston Police Foundation, San Jacinto Girl Scouts, Women’s Resource, Society of Professional Journalists, Sisters Network, Houston Zoo, Junior League, Children’s Assessment Center Foundation and Casa de Esperanza.
Linda is devoted to her husband, Lou Gregory, and their daughter, Lindsey. She is a figure skater and passionate about ballroom dancing, often performing locally. She speaks Italian and French. Not content to rest on her laurels, Linda is now working on Spanish.