Emmy-winning anchor Dominique Sachse considers herself fortunate. To serve a community she has proudly called home since 1975 is rare in the news business. She strives to bring that comfort level and knowledge of Houston to every newscast and breaking news story she delivers, and she's passionate about it.
Dominique graduated from Spring Branch I.S.D.'s Memorial High School before attending Richmond College in England and graduating from the University of Houston with a radio/television journalism degree. She joined KPRC-TV in 1993.
Her career began in local radio, as a Metro Traffic reporter for a variety of stations. One of those stations, Mix 96.5, hired her as a disc jockey, where she worked for the next two years on the overnight and then late night shifts. She seized an opportunity at KPRC, Local 2 in 1993 for the morning show traffic position and was given a lucky break one week to fill-in as an anchor. Management decided that's where she should be after covering live the San Jacinto river fire. Her intensity yet ease on the anchor desk, as well as down-to-earth demeanor, have been witnessed by Houston viewers since 1994.
Dominique anchors KPRC's 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts and works on special reports throughout the year. Some highlights include covering President George Bush's inauguration in January 2001 and Pope John Paul II's visit to Mexico City canonizing Juan Diego in 2002. In 2006, she presented a compelling series on Inflammatory Breast Cancer, along with a phone bank to answer viewers' questions and gained a highly sought-after interview with Ashley Benton, the Houston teen accused of murder in a gang fight.
Another one of Dominique's greatest joys in her job is working with local students, helping them plan their careers and future.
Dominique's work hasn't gone unrecognized. She's been honored with awards from both the journalism and Houston community, including spot news coverage from The Houston Press Club and the Texas Associated Press. Dominique received the "Outstanding Young Communications Alumna" and "Distinguished Alumni" awards from UH. She was named 2002 and 2007's "Best Television Personality" by the Houston Chapter of American Women in Radio and Television, and her 10 p.m. newscast continues to win the Emmy for best newscast. Some of her favorites, however, come from the community. Readers of the Houston Press and Houston Chronicle choose Dominique as their favorite when it comes to best newscaster or local personality. She appreciates the recognition.
If you would like to find out more about Dominique and her community involvements, visit her Web site at www.dominiquesachse.tv.
While Dominique clearly enjoys her work, she knows there's more to life than "what you do." She feels that raising a happy, bright and kind child, who understands the importance of respecting himself and others, defines who she is as a person. Without hesitation, she'll tell you that having her little boy was life's biggest blessing and her most important job to date. Her son Styles turned 7 in April 2012, and one thing she has realized is that life runs by a different calendar when you have a child. The pages just fly by.
You can see Dominique Monday through Friday on Local 2 News at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Want to drop Dominique a line? E-mail her at email@example.com. You can also keep up with her on Facebook or Twitter.