Andy Cerota

Published On: Jul 02 2012 02:57:54 PM CDT   Updated On: Nov 28 2014 11:12:07 PM CST

Andy Cerota joined the KPRC Local 2 team in June 2012.

He's no stranger to Houston viewers, though, since he worked at KTRK TV for more than nine years.

Before moving to Houston, Andy worked at KCOP TV in Los Angeles, KPNX TV in Phoenix, KXAN TV in Austin and KTXS TV in Abilene.

Andy was born in the Bronx, New York, and grew up in Rockland County, in suburban New York City.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism at the University of Northern Colorado.

Andy loves the story-telling nature of his job.

"Getting out into the community and making a difference. Telling stories that are impactful," he said.

Andy was proud when he received an Emmy nomination for a community affairs segment he wrote and co-produced.

"The piece was on the Tolerance Sculpture along Allen Parkway. It was put there in honor of a local teen who was the victim of a hate crime. The young man survived the attack but later took his own life," Andy said.

Some of his funniest on-air moments were zip-lining on live television and learning how to barefoot water-ski for a news story.

Andy's family includes four-legged friends. He has two French bulldogs -- Bruno and Niko.

"The loves and joys of my life. Built like small tanks with huge personalities. They are true clowns and an every day source of joy and laughter," Andy said.

When he's not working, Andy enjoys adventure athletics.

"I run, bike, lift weights. I've been known to do all three in the same day. In December 2011, I completed my first 'Tough Mudder'- a 12 mile mud run with 29 major obstacles along the route. I'm passionate about health, fitness & travel," he said.

He loves to travel and learn about different cultures. But he considers Houston home.

"Houston has such heart and soul. It's so diverse and has so many things to offer. I may be a native New Yorker but Houston is my home. It's a privilege to be invited into your homes to share the kind of stories that are important to you," he said.

If you have a story idea or comment, drop Andy an email at acerota@kprc.com. Also, check out his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter.