Ursula Pari is a 20-plus year veteran of television broadcasting. She has anchored both the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and Nightbeat newscasts on KSAT 12 since 1996. She is also the mother of two small children, Jackson and Georgia.
As the youngest daughter in a family of six children, Ursula grew up knowing that if she had something important to say, she would have to speak up. The loud hubbub of a large family in a small home simply wasn't conducive to raising what she calls quiet, "speak only when spoken to," children. It was a harsh reality in the southern Louisiana home where she grew up, but a reality that has served her well in her career as a television journalist.
Ursula believes she first learned she could put her speaking skills to work when, in her first college speech class, her professor told her there could be a rewarding career in communications ahead of her. That suggestion took her all the way to a bachelor's degree at Louisiana State University in broadcast journalism. From there, she immediately began working on air as a general assignments reporter at her first television station, KLFY-TV, in her hometown of Lafayette, La.
Eventually, her desire to see a different part of the country took Ursula to northern New England, a place where heat and humidity were only a consideration for a few weeks out of the year. In the frosty north, she began working as a medical reporter and weekend anchor at WMTM-TV in Portland, Me. She shifted to investigative consumer reporting at WGME-TV and eventually weekday anchoring at WCSH-TV, also in Portland. While in New England, Ursula received accolades from the Maine Association of Broadcasters and the National Association of Broadcasters for her work.
As is often the case for southern transplants in the north, after seven years Ursula jumped at the chance to ply her trade in a warmer climate again, and moved back down south to anchor for KEYE-TV in Austin. Within a year, she moved to KSAT-TV in San Antonio.
Since that time, she has grown to love her new hometown, and enjoys reporting from the field on a variety of subjects, especially the issues affecting the area's most vulnerable residents -- the very young and very old. In the course of covering neglect and abuse of children and the elderly, Ursula received the state's Child Welfare Media Award. For reporting on issues affecting the Hispanic Community, she was awarded the La Prensa Foundation's Latina Women in Action media award. She is also being recognized by Roy Maas Youth Alternatives for her work with the organization over the years.
Currently, Ursula is a busy and willing volunteer for a variety of local nonprofit organizations, particularly those affecting her family, such as the American Heart Association. As the mother of two children suffering from potentially serious heart conditions and a high blood pressure patient herself, Ursula strongly supports fundraising and education efforts to help the AHA reach new goals in the fight against heart disease and stroke. In 2008, she found renewed enthusiasm for the cause when her father nearly died of a heart attack. It was another example of how good heart health is often taken for granted until it's too late.
For fun, she has taken her love of participating in speed events in rodeo and added an English saddle to the mix. Today, Ursula is an avid polo player and is a member of the San Antonio Polo Club, which, by virtue of the rich history of the U.S. Calvary in San Antonio, is one of the oldest clubs in existence in the country.
She has four horses, as well as a dog and a cat. It must be said, though, that most important in her life are her beautiful children, who she says are in her very first grateful thought in the morning and in her last prayer of thanks before sleep.