Alex Housden is KOCO-TV Morning Anchor with co-anchor Zach Rael. Earlier, she worked as the evening anchor for ABC affiliate KTEN-TV in Sherman, Texas. Later, she spent most of her time covering southern Oklahoma while reporting at KTEN.
Recently, she apologized to her co-anchor Jason Hackett after comparing him to a gorilla during a broadcast Thursday. Moreover, the racist comment occurred after the pair reported on a story about a gorilla at the Oklahoma City Zoo.
Later, in that show, Alex Housden ended the segment with the comment: “Kind of looks like you,” directed at Hackett. However, Hackett hesitantly responded, “He kind of does, actually, yeah.”
But the following day Oklahoma City TV station anchor has tearfully apologized to her black colleague for comparing him to a gorilla. Alex Housden said “I said something yesterday that was inconsiderate, it was inappropriate, and I hurt people,” Housden said. “I want you to know I understand how much I hurt you out there and how much I hurt (Hackett)”
Then, added “I want you all to know from the bottom of my heart I apologize for what I said,” Housden said. “I know it was wrong, and I am so sorry.” Hackett responded “What she said yesterday was wrong,” and adding that the apology was a “teachable moment” and that “words matter.”
Hackett said We’re becoming a more diverse country, and there’s no excuse. We have to understand the stereotypes. We have to understand each other’s backgrounds and the words that hurt, the words that cut deep,” and “We have to find a way to replace those words with love and words of affirmation as well.”
Alex Housden received many angry messages from viewers that were posted to her professional Facebook page in the aftermath of her remark. Some slammed the apology as “fake” and called for KOCO-TV to fire her.
The majority of the comments on Housden’s Facebook page expressed angry sentiments. For example, “How does this fool still have a job. Racism in full effect” and “Do all black people look like gorillas to you, just asking for a friend.”
Alex Housden is a graduate of The University of North Texas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Political Science.
She was born and raised in Texas and is from a small town of only 3,000 people. Alex has always aspired to be a reporter, and growing up she dreamed of being the next Katie Couric.
After graduating, Alex Housden started her career working at KTEN. Her Instagram bio reads “KOCO Anchor/Reporter
Lover of music, fashion, family and laughter, OKC, Wife and Dog Mom, @unt Alumna, The Nightingale.
She is married to her Husband named Reagan and she first met him at the age of 17. On August 7, 2019, she shared a photo of her along with her Husband and wrote.
“MEET MY HUSBAND! I have some new followers on here so I thought I’d introduce you to my Husband, Reagan! We first started dating at just 17! Reagan actually only has one hand. He lost it in an accident with a meat grinder when he was just 3. That doesn’t stop him though! He’s an amazing golfer and can do anything with just one hand! He’s probably the happiest person I know and has the strongest faith. If you ever run into him he’ll always greet you with a smile!.”