Leslie Mouton is an Emmy award-winning anchor for the top-rated morning show "Good Morning San Antonio" on KSAT-12 from 4:30 to 7 a.m.
Leslie also co-anchors the top-rated noon show, "KSAT 12 News @ Noon."
Leslie has been with KSAT 12 since 1999.
A 1988 graduate of the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, she has worked in markets across the country, from Columbia, S.C. to Dallas and is proud to call San Antonio her permanent home.
While Leslie has always enjoyed her job reporting the news, she never dreamed she would become the news.
In October of 2000, at the young age of 35, Leslie discovered a lump in her left breast. It turned out to be an aggressive form of breast cancer.
Leslie decided to share her story with viewers and encourage women to do their self-exams. She allowed cameras to follow her every step of the way, from the diagnosis and surgery, to chemo and hair loss and radiation.
At a time when women were very private about breast cancer, Leslie made the ultimate statement in support of cancer patients, by anchoring one newscast without her wig.
"I believe it was important for people to see the reality of cancer. I also know the heart-wrenching fear of losing your hair," Leslie said. So, I wanted to inspire women not to be ashamed of their bald heads, and hopefully ease the fear of being bald."
Her battle received national attention.
Leslie was a guest on "Oprah," "Good Morning America" and the "Weekend Today Show." Her story was featured on "20/20," "Inside Edition" and written up in newspapers across the world.
Leslie contributed her story to the book, "The Breast Cancer Book of Strength and Courage". Her chapter is the first one "Bless Me Lord and My Bald Head Too!"
She has received numerous awards, including the "Congressional Action for Cancer Awareness Award", the "Macy's Heart and Soul Award" and was voted one of the "Ten Most Outstanding Young Texans" by the Jaycees.
Leslie volunteers for several cancer organizations and is passionate about WINGS, which provides free treatment to uninsured and underinsured women with breast cancer in south and central Texas.
Leslie frequently gives speeches on the subject and hopes her experience can have a positive impact on others.
"Attitude is everything and I want women to know that cancer doesn't necessarily mean death," she said.
Leslie is married to retired Air Force pilot Tony "Maddog" Mattox. They have a daughter, Nicole, and a Maltese, C.C.