Aaron Drawhorn, a sixth-generation Southeast Texan, is proud to be back home in the Golden Triangle. Aaron anchors KFDM 6 News at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. weeknights alongside Kimberly Rusley.
A 1996 graduate of Port Neches-Groves High School, Aaron brings more than 20 years of broadcasting experience to Channel 6. The three-time Emmy Award-winning anchor has reported and anchored at KBTX-TV in Bryan/College Station, KRIS-TV in Corpus Christi, KLAS-TV in Las Vegas and KRQE-TV in Albuquerque.
But Aaron technically got his start in the Golden Triangle editing his high school newspaper at PN-G, emceeing school events and participating in speech, debate, journalism and current events competitions at UIL meets at schools across Southeast Texas.
“I grew up watching Channel 6 when Larry Beaulieu and Cecile Burandt were on the anchor desk and the legendary journalists of this market. It’s an honor to be at a legacy station like KFDM,” Aaron said.
For the last three years, Aaron worked as a commercial real estate broker at a top international brokerage house specializing in office, retail and industrial properties.
“I loved working as a businessman, but serving the public as a television news anchorman is my true calling, and this is home,” Aaron remarked. His ancestors on both sides have called Texas home for centuries. In fact, Aaron’s great-great-great grandfather is the namesake of Chambers County.
Aaron returns home from Las Vegas, Nevada, where for a total of ten years, he covered the hustle and bustle on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, from historic casino implosions to high-end megaresort grand openings. Aaron was the station’s lead reporter on O.J. Simpson’s 2007 arrest and conviction for kidnapping and armed robbery in a Las Vegas hotel room heist. O.J. once ran from Aaron and his photographer outside a Cuban restaurant in downtown Las Vegas, slamming the door of an SUV in their faces to avoid answering questions.
Aaron earned an Emmy Award for anchoring live breaking news coverage of a dramatic rescue as a group of window washers dangled in danger from the 35th floor of the Vdara Hotel on Las Vegas Boulevard. The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences also recognized Aaron with another golden statue for his 30-minute documentary “The War at Home” on helping veterans facing issues. He won another Emmy for a special report “High Stakes: Gambling Away the Golden Years” on why some bettors suddenly faced gambling addictions late in life.
In the Albuquerque/Santa Fe market, working at a CBS/Fox duopoly like KFDM/Fox 4 for three years, Aaron increased viewership anchoring his nightly Fox New Mexico newscasts and was most proud of an investigative report on declassified CIA documents involving New Mexico. However, his feature pieces on anything related to the critically-acclaimed TV series “Breaking Bad” went viral.
Aaron previously held the weekend anchor position at KRIS-TV in Corpus Christi and was the first broadcaster, even before the White House press corps, to cover Vice President Dick Cheney’s accidental shooting of a friend on a hunting trip at the historic Armstrong Ranch. Aaron also traveled here to Beaumont report on the aftermath of Hurricane Rita in 2005 and reported live from Ford Park to his loyal viewers in Corpus Christi.
At KBTX-TV in Bryan from 2000 to 2003, Aaron’s beat included Montgomery County and Walker County, where he covered the criminal justice system in Huntsville and served as an official witness to two executions. Aaron also anchored live breaking news coverage of the 2003 crash of Space Shuttle Columbia.
In 1999, Aaron was a public radio foreign correspondent based in London. He also moderated public affairs programs on San Antonio radio and television. On the international front, Aaron has interviewed many distinguished foreign dignitaries including former British prime minister John Major, former Israeli prime minister Shimon Peres and former South African president F.W. deKlerk.
Aaron also interned in the business news division of CNN International in London as well as KENS-TV in San Antonio and freelanced for KTNV-TV in Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Aaron is a graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio and Boston University International Programs.