Former KTRK reporter Wayne Dolcefino talks to Local 2

Published On: May 16 2013 08:32:21 PM CDT
Updated On: May 17 2013 08:46:04 AM CDT

May 16, 2013: 30-time Emmy winner Wayne Dolcefino says he and his former television station "got divorced." Joel Eisenbaum reports.

HOUSTON -

Months after parting ways with a Houston TV station, former investigative reporter, Wayne Dolcefino said he has no immediate plans to work in television news again.

"I run a communications company now, I am not an investigative reporter," Dolcefino said.

Dolcefino left his job with KTRK in November under mysterious circumstances. The dissolution of the 26-year partnership between Dolcefino and the station was mutual, according to Dolcefino.

"Channel 13 and I got divorced it was as simple as that. One thing I don't like people suggesting is that I'm retired. I didn't retire, I can't afford to be retired," Dolcefino said.

Dolcefino added he does not miss "the place," but does miss his colleagues and that an agreement with former employer prevents him from currently working at another Houston TV station.

The 30-time Emmy award winner has won practically every other award available to television journalists, and he admits he misses being a television reporter.

"I miss the influence of being able to right wrongs," he said.

On the flipside, Dolcefino said he has lost weight and his blood pressure is down since changing careers.

"Of course when I started at KTRK, I had more hair and I was 80 pounds thinner," he said.

Dolcefino, 57, is married with two children. He now works out of his Katy home on a new venture: Dolcefino Communications.

"I'm a wartime communications consultant. I can start a war. I can defend against a war, and everything in between," Dolcefino said.

Dolcefino already has a number of clients, including the Burzynski Clinic, a controversial cancer treatment center in Stafford.

"Everybody has a right to be heard and get their message across," Dolcefino said about the client.

Over his decades long journalism career, Dolcefino was involved in dozens of lawsuits, arrested for trespassing (no contest), DWI (dismissed) and sent hundreds of hateful messages.

"That's a lot different once you have kids. You could be in the supermarket with your family and someone says 'I am surprised he's not dead yet'," Dolcefino recalled.

Dolcefino said he gave his journalism career his all and has no regrets.

But will he be back on TV reporting ever again?

"I don't know," Dolcefino said.    

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