I’m Dominique Sachse, evening news anchor at Houston’s KPRC Channel 2 for 25 years and counting. I’m a wife, mother of one, bonus mom to five, career-oriented, charity-minded and wanting to make a difference. I’ve always taken an interest in self-improvement with a focus on creating a happy and beautiful life. It’s about investing in ourselves, both externally and internally, to reach our best self yet. That’s what I want to share with you!
I’ve been a broadcast journalist since 1993 and my road here was off the beaten path, especially in this business at that time. I began as a Metro Traffic reporter for a variety of radio stations in 1990. One of them, Mix 96.5, hired me as a disc jockey, where I worked overnights and then late nights. I jumped ship and came to Channel 2 for the morning show traffic position. While there, I gave it my all, filling in on the anchor desk one week. New management noticed and I’ve been at that desk, at different time periods, ever since.
I’m often asked, “what have been your favorite stories to cover?”. There are too many to mention, but President George W. Bush’s inauguration in January 2011 and Pope John Paul II’s visit to Mexico City canonizing Juan Diego in 2002 were memorable. So were my London trips to cover the Royal Wedding in 2010 and the Olympics in 2012. My first assignment was a behind-the-scenes series of all the hot NBC-TV shows at the time called “Assignment Hollywood” in 1994. However, the most touching and gut-wrenching involved the aftermath of tropical storms and hurricanes. That’s when you realize how fragile we are and truly dependent on one another’s benevolence and good will.
My work over the years has blessed me with two Emmy awards and several AWRT awards for on-air personality, the prestigious Edward R. Murrow as show host for “Jennifer’s Story”, as well as accolades from the Houston Press Club and the Texas Associated Press. The University of Houston, my Alma Mater, named me “Outstanding Young Communications Alumna” and “Distinguished Alumni”. But, I feel the best award is when a viewer says, “I’ve been watching you since your traffic days”. It’s that history and sense of connection that resonates. I am so proud to have told many interesting stories about Houston and its people, and the fact the viewers trust me to do it and invite me into their homes every day, is the biggest honor.
During all these years anchoring, I’ve spent an important part of my life preparing, not just the news of the day but my own hair, make-up and wardrobe. I’ve worked with many consultants, who have taught me a great deal about what looks best on camera. From there, I developed my own sense of style and creative self-expression to personalize things. I’ve always said, “ If you don’t like this look, wait six months, and it’ll be different.” As a bit of a chameleon, I’ve tried many products, concoctions and how-to’s. I’ve discovered what suits me best and have formulated a bit of a standard that is tried-and-true for everyone. For the past 25 years, I’ve answered viewers’ hair, make-up and style questions through email or social media, but I knew there had to be a way to be more impactful and reach a greater number of women. So in April of 2014, I launched my own YouTube Channel. I believe in the power of sharing, and if I can have the slightest bit of impact to make a woman see herself differently, try something new, get out of the box and invest in herself physically, emotionally and spiritually, then it’s all worth it. We’re all looking for ways to be our best self yet. That’s my mission as a “YouTuber,” and your loving messages have welcomed me and shown me that you’re enjoying the journey!
While I genuinely love my work, I feel nothing tops the reward of being in the game as a parent, wife, and step-mom. It’s a balancing act, not centered around the daily home run, but more on batting average and showing heart, soul, and determination every time you step up to the plate.