Gene Apodaca first came to NY1 as a freelance reporter in January 2016. He quickly learned the demands of covering news in the nation's largest market.
In September of 2016 he was one of the first reporters on air when an explosive device went off in the Chelsea area of Manhattan. That event lead to five hours of continuous coverage. It's a day Gene reflects back on fondly, proud to have been part of such a dynamic team of news professionals.
Gene began his career at KOSA in Odessa, Texas, in 1997. There he anchored and reported for the CBS affiliate. He got his first taste of breaking news when on his first day on air he was assigned to a murder case.
Gene eventually packed his bags for Corpus Christi, Texas, where he worked for KIII, the ABC affiliate. Gene credits his management for helping him grow as a reporter. Within a year, Gene was promoted to Law Enforcement and Courthouse reporter. One of his most memorable stories was working on the team that secured an exclusive jailhouse interview with Yolanda Saldivar, the woman convicted of killing Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla.
In 1999 Gene began working at NBC affiliate WPTV in West Palm Beach, Florida. It was there where Gene spent months covering the 2000 presidential election recounts. His station's coverage won WPTV the Regional Edward R. Murrow Award.
In 2004, Gene got the opportunity to freelance at CBS affiliate WFOR in Miami. It was a busy three months as the area was hit with a record number of hurricanes. Gene tackled both storm coverage and cleanup.
Later that year, KTRK, the ABC affiliate in Houston, hired Gene. Being in the fourth largest city in the U.S. kept Gene on his toes. Some of the most memorable stories he covered were Houston's unprecedented move to open up the Astrodome to Hurricane Katrina evacuees, and riding along in a "Hurricane Hunter" airplane tracking Hurricane Rita.
In 2011, Gene took a break from hard news when he got hired to host "Good Day New Mexico," at NBC affiliate KOB. That opportunity allowed him to be near his family in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Gene is currently an anchor/reporter for the Queens – Local Edition unit at NY1. While he enjoys sitting behind the anchor desk he doesn't miss an opportunity to hit the streets reporting the news of the day.
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