Emmy Award-Winning Journalist |
Syan Rhodes joined the KPRC 2 News team in July 2014. She is a native Houstonian who grew up in the city’s Sunnyside neighborhood and also Third Ward.
She is a product of Houston Independent School District magnet programs at Dodson Elementary School and T.H. Rogers Middle School. Syan graduated from Episcopal High School in Bellaire.
She is a graduate of the prestigious Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She made her first appearance as a TV reporter during a three-month internship at KSNT-TV, the NBC affiliate in Topeka, Kansas.
During her time at Northwestern, Syan was a part of a team of journalism students that freed an innocent man from Illinois death row. That case eventually led former Illinois Governor George Ryan to issue a moratorium on executions in the state. Years later the state would ban the death penalty.
Prior to joining KPRC, Syan served as anchor of WESH 2 News on CW18 at 10:00. Before journeying to Orlando, Syan spent two years as weekend anchor at WMC-TV, the NBC affiliate in Memphis, Tennessee, and three years as a reporter and weekend morning anchor at WBIR-TV, the NBC affiliate in Knoxville, Tennessee. She also worked as an investigative reporter and weekend anchor at KETK-TV, the NBC affiliate in Tyler, Texas.
Syan is an active community volunteer and frequently requested public speaker. She is a past president of the Central Florida Association of Black Journalists, and a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Syan says the opportunity to “right wrongs” is what she loves most about her job. In her free time, Syan enjoys dancing, reading and socializing with family and friends.