Alex Housden Biography
Alex Housden is an American news anchor for ABC affiliate KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City. She anchors KOCO 5 News weekend mornings with co-anchor Zach Rael.
She was previously the evening anchor for ABC affiliate KTEN-TV in Sherman, Texas. At KTEN, she spent most of her time covering southern Oklahoma.
Housden earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and a minor in political science from the University of North Texas
Alex Housden Age
Housden keeps her personal life very private and she has not yet disclosed any information regarding her age, date of birth, or when she celebrates her birthday.
Alex Housden Family
No information is disclosed about Housden’s parents and siblings. She grew up in a small town in Texas.
Alex Housden Husband
Housden is married to her high school sweetheart, Reagan. The couple has two dogs named Bentley and Louis. The couple loves exploring Oklahoma or spending time at the dog park.
Alex Housden KOCO
She joined KOCO-TV in June of 2017. Aside from being a weekend morning anchor, she also covers the big stories of the day on weekday mornings.
Alex Housden Gorilla
Housden and Jason Hackett were co-anchoring the morning program on KOCO-TV on Thursday, August 22. They began reacting to what was supposed to be a light-hearted video from the Oklahoma City Zoo. The Oklahoma zoo had shared a video to Instagram of an ape named Fin adorably getting up close and personal with the camera.
The duo was gushing over Fin and laughing when Housden ended the segment by remarking, “He kinda looks like you.” Hackett’s response is not heard because of the traffic animation and music that followed.
Housden received many angry messages from viewers that were posted to her professional Facebook page in the aftermath of her remark. The majority of the comments on Housden’s Facebook page expressed angry sentiments. For example, “How does this fool still have a job. Racism in full effect” and “Do all black people look like gorillas to you, just asking for a friend.”
There are others who also came to her rescue and wrote that they did not think she meant anything by what she said.
Alex Housden Apology
The duo addressed her remark the following day. Housden holding back tears as she apologized not just to Hackett, but to the station’s viewers.
“I said something yesterday that was inconsiderate, it was inappropriate, and I hurt people. I want you to know, I understand how much I hurt you out there.”
She then turned to Hackett and said, “I love you so much and you have been one of my best friends for the past year and a half and I would never do anything on purpose to hurt you. And I love our community. And I want you all to know from the bottom of my heart I apologize for what I said. I know it was wrong, and I am so sorry.”
Hackett accepted Housden’s apology and he confirmed her assertion that they are close friends outside of work. He also acknowledged that what Housden had said had hurt his feelings, even though in the video it appears he did his best at the moment to move past it.
He also added that he hoped that some positivity could be gained from the situation. “I want this to be a teachable moment. The lesson here is that words matter. There’s no doubt about that… We’re becoming a more diverse country, and there’s no excuse. We have to understand the stereotypes. We have to understand each other’s backgrounds and the words that hurt, the words that cut deep. And we have to find a way to replace those words with love and words of affirmation as well.”
Alex Housden Salary
Housden’s salary is not yet disclosed to the public.