Rosenda Rios, a longtime San Antonio TV and radio journalist best know for her time at KSAT, died Thursday morning at a hospice in Houston. She was 62.
The TV station announced Rios’ death on air Thursday during “Good Morning San Antonio.” From 2001 to 2010, she worked for KSAT as an anchor and as an investigative reporter for the station’s “The Defenders” team.
“We begin the newscast with a sad note for our KSAT family,” said morning anchor Mark Austin. “One of our former colleagues, Rosenda Rios, has lost a long battle with cancer. She passed away this morning with her family by her side.”
“Loving, kind, compassionate, a constant professional, a mentor and probably one of the most positive people I’ve ever known,” Austin said during the broadcast.
But before moving to the corporate world, Rios had a distinguished career as a journalist, dating back to 1980s, when she worked as a newscaster and reporter for a local radio station. She started her TV career in the early 1990s as a reporter and sometimes anchor. She left in 1995 to work for Austin’s CBS affiliate, where she anchored first the morning show and then the weekend news.
Rios returned to San Antonio, initially as a weekend anchor for KSAT before joining the station’s investigative team.
She was also the co-owner of Rios Burns Media Group LLC., which focused on digital video in new media.
“Rosenda is one of the kindest, most generous women I’ve ever worked with. She lived her life with gusto, fiercely loved her family and friends, and never stopped being a member of the extended KSAT family,” said Bernice Kearney, the station’s news director. “I will miss her beautiful smile and her infectious laugh, and will always be grateful for the time she spent as part of the KSAT12 News team.”