A Bryan-College Station news anchor with local ties to Colorado County recently signed a three-year extension to continue to be the primary anchor for News 3 on KBTX Media and Gray Television.
Meredith Stancik, a native of La Grange, has been working for the news station for nearly six years. The agreement extends Stancik’s current contract through 2014.
Stancik said she is excited to be able to continue to work as a news anchor at the station and it is an honor to go to work every day doing something she loves for a living.
“It is my dream job,” Stancik said. “I am fortunate to be doing something I always wanted to do.”
Mike Wright, KBTX Vice President and General Manager said Meredith has quickly found a place in the in the hearts of viewers and earned the respect of her colleagues.
“She is an integral part of our plans to constantly improve news coverage and on-air online presentation,” Wright said. “She is a leader in the newsroom and always looks to raise the art of journalism to a higher level.”
Stancik is now happy to call the Brazos Valley her home.
“I’m thrilled to continue my career at KBTX,” Stancik said. “Bryan-College Station has become my home and News 3 my family. It’s been a joy to work for an award-winning news station and company with a wonderful group of journalists. It’s an exciting time for KBTX and I’m excited to be a part of the station’s future.”
Stancik began her career with KBTX in late 2005 as a reporter and has quickly moved through the ranks and has anchored every show at the station.
Along with reporting for the station, she shares responsibilities as primary anchor for News 3’s 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts with veteran journalist John Gilbert.
“I couldn’t be more excited to hear that Meredith has re-signed with News 3,” Gilbert said. “She is very much a professional in addition to being someone who is fun to work with and a friend. “I think this area has come to trust her as an important part of our news team.”
Stancik has received accolades from her peers from the Texas Association Press Broadcasters. The association honored her with a Best Anchor Award in 2009-10 and 2010-11, receiving first and second place respectively.
Stancik graduated from La Grange High School and is a graduate of Baylor University. She is the daughter of David and Janis Stancik of La Grange. Her grandmother Eva Marie Roitsch lives in La Grange and her grandmother Bernice Stancik is a resident of Glidden.
When she was growing up, she recalled how her father always wanted to be a sportscaster while she dreamed of working in news reporting. However, fate led her father to find a different career.
Stancik later married Shane McAuliffe who currently works at News 3 as a feature reporter. Meredith said her father is proud she was able to follow her dream and in a way, her father’s dream was realized through her achievements.
In her free time, Meredith has enjoyed the company of her family and friends as well as working out and volunteering. She is a member of the Junior League of Bryan-College Station, a host for Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon and volunteers for numerous other organizations.
Meredith’s aunt and uncle, Linda and Ronnie Stancik also live and Glidden and her cousin, Rhonda Stancik Garcia, wife of Phillip Garcia, is a resident of Colorado County.
Rhonda said the family is really excited of the news of Meredith’s contract extension.
“She loves the hometown feel of the Bryan-College Station area,” Garcia said. “We are happy to hear she will continue to work there.”
Garcia added that they installed an antenna at their home so they can continue to watch Meredith in the evenings on the College Station news.
It is not every day someone can say they get to work in their dream job every day. Meredith can say just that.