Rod Rice became fascinated with radio at an early age, while sitting on his Grandfather’s lap listening to his "programs" on the big Emerson Radio. From an early age, working in radio was the only job he ever really wanted.
After three years in the Army, Rod pursued his dream at his first radio job in the coal regions of eastern Pennsylvania at WPAM in Pottsville. Since that time he has worked at several radio stations with many different formats. Rod’s done everything there is to do one the air including being a “disc-jockey,” call-in talk show host, live interviews and of course, news reporting. He even did sportscasts at one station even though he knew very little about any sport other than baseball.
That led to his first news anchoring job in 1984. Rod moved to Houston in 1991 and came to Houston Public Radio for the first time in 1998. He considers himself very lucky to have received an opportunity to return to KUHF in July of 2003. Even though the majority of his career has been in commercial radio, Rod has always been a fan of Public Radio, having listened to All Things Considered from its earliest days. He was a listener and supporter of Houston Public Radio even before he came to work here.
Rod has been honored by several organizations for excellence in journalism, including a regional Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio and Television News Director’s Association.
In addition to his news reporting duties, Rod is the local morning news anchor for Morning Edition, heard every weekday from 5 to 9 am on Houston Public Radio, 88.7FM.
return to the staff directory
Articles By This Author
March 11, 2013 4:30 am
Promising Baylor Research Reduces Bad Cholesterol
A lot of us are taking cholesterol-lowering drugs, and they seem to be working. According to a Harvard health blog, bad cholesterol rates among Americans 45 or older have been getting lower. But that doesn't mean these drugs are for everyone.
February 4, 2013 4:30 am
Texas Senate Bill Supports Rehab Instead Of Imprisonment For Drug Possession
As Texas legislators grapple with funding the state for the next two years, there is an effort to change how the state deals with those people convicted of possession of illegal drugs. The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition claims that its approach would save a lot of money and have a better outcome.
January 25, 2013 2:06 pm
After Months Of Repair, Elissa Heads Back To Galveston Pier 22
The official tall ship of Texas is headed back home to Galveston this weekend after four months of repairs. The "Elissa" should soon look almost as good as new.
December 31, 2012 4:00 am
Texas Environment 2012: A Year In Review
As 2012 draws to a close the big environmental story in Texas was another year of drought. The extended dry weather took a toll on our environment and the state's economy.
December 21, 2012 12:00 pm
Be Prepared For Your Flight This Holiday Season
Today is expected to be the 2nd busiest day for travel at Bush Intercontinental Airport and tomorrow will most likely be the busiest day of the year at Hobby Airport. The Houston Airport System has information that can help get your trip off to a less stressful start.
November 19, 2012 10:48 am
Thanksgiving Travel Expected To Increase This Year
A lot of us have travel plans this week as we gather with family and friends for Thanksgiving. AAA expects a slight increase in the number of people traveling at least 50-miles between Wednesday and Sunday.
November 19, 2012 4:22 am
Houston College Celebrates 150th Civil War Anniversary With Reenactment
A 35-mile forced march by Union soldiers in 1863 came to life recently in The Woodlands. A symbolic reenactment at Lone Star College-Montgomery involved about 300 students and their broomsticks.
October 30, 2012 6:28 am
KUHF Conversations: Justin Cronin
Rice University professor and bestselling author Justin Cronin's novel "The Twelve" was released two weeks ago. He will be at Murder by the Book tonight at 6:30 and he recently sat down with Rod Rice here in our studios.
October 22, 2012 5:40 am
The Efforts Of Beautifying Woodland Park And Bayou
A large section of Houston's second oldest park had been forgotten and lost for decades. Many people didn't even know it existed. But that's all changed when five undaunted neighbors became the "Friends of Woodland Park."
August 28, 2012 2:23 pm
Texas Delegation Has Problems With GOP Convention Rule
Political conventions are designed to be unifying affairs, but the Texas delegation at the Republican National Convention in Tampa is not happy about rules for future conventions.
January 2, 2012 9:56 pm
New Law Provides Tax Break to Disabled Vets Spouses
A new law that took effect with the start of the new year means the surviving spouses of totally disabled veterans will get some much-needed tax relief.
September 7, 2011 8:34 pm
Perry Goes National
Governor Rick Perry gets the first chance to appear before a national audience tonight. The Republicans vying for the GOP's presidential nomination will be on the same stage for a debate. Rice political scientist Mark Jones has written about Perry and has an assessment about tonight debate.
More articles by Rod Rice