Lexy Cruz

News Producer

Dallas, TX

Lexy Cruz

With professional experience in live TV news, web and leading a digital first newsroom, I hope to have the chance to work in multiple platforms including digital, video and print.


Judge grants bond to the mother charged with the murder of her son

HEPHZIBAH, Ga. A Richmond County judge granted bond for Mary Katherine Smith who is facing murder charges for the death of her son. The prosecutor asked for Smith's bond to be denied saying "I think it would be a bad idea to have her around patients. Especially child patients."
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NTSB releases Thomson plane crash report

The National Transportation Safety Board released its report on the 2013 Thomson plane crash that killed five employees from The Vein Guys. The crash happened as a plane was returning to the Thomson-McDuffie Regional Airport from Nashville on February 20, 2013.
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Ice storm & earthquake coverage

After a week in an ice storm crippling homes with power outages and damage, I spent the night at the station and couch surfed where I could find power. On Friday of that week, I experienced my first earthquake while doing web. I sent out alerts on social media, our website and text alerts. I even snagged some air time talking about the significance of social media. To un-bury my lead, I continued to produce through the weekend. Two shows each day at 6 and 11. I came into work at 3 o'clock both days to ringing phones and a blank rundown. Each show was all-local and every person on the weekend crew contributed ideas and critiques to create the best 30 minutes of news for our viewers.
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11 people shot, 5 dead in Augusta within 9 days

Eleven people have been shot in Augusta, five of whom died from their injuries, in the last nine days.
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Alumnus speaks out against discrimination of gay athletes

Alumnus Brett Major still remembers the "More Than Words" presentation TCU holds at every Frog Camp, that's where he learned that discrimination of any type shouldn't be tolerated. He also recalls being 11 years old and being led to Christianity by Nebraska University Assistant Football Coach Ron Brown.
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Quarterback suspended after arrest on suspicion of DWI

A crowd of reporters clustered around Stan Pachall Thursday afternoon as he arrived at the Mansfield Jail to bail out his son, Casey. He was surrounded by microphones and cameras, as reporters shouted out questions. "We just drove up here from Brownwood so we can see our son," Stan Pachall said.
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Audio recording shows no formal vote on SuperFrog statue, Folan says vote occurred

During the April 9 meeting, in which Student Body President Brent Folan claimed Cabinet voted on the bronze SuperFrog, no officer called for a vote, no one voiced opposition to the proposal and everyone who discussed it seemed to favor it, according to an audio recording Folan sent.
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Coach: TCU quarterback Casey Pachall failed drug test

TCU quarterback Casey Pachall failed a student-athlete drug test on Feb 1. and TCU Athletics knew about Pachall's test results, according to a statement from head football coach Gary Patterson. Patterson released the following statement on Friday evening after TCU 360 reported the story earlier in the day: "We were aware of Casey testing positive on Feb.
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Machine blade found in Market Square meal

Sodexo officials confirmed late Tuesday that a blade from a machine used to chop potatoes in Market Square was found on a student's plate earlier this week. Gaithersburg, Maryland-based Sodexo, Inc. is the food service provider for Market Square.
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Presidential candidates debate financial decisions, discuss projects

SGA President Brent Folan, running for re-election, stood by his position that the SGA cabinet approved the $50,000 Superfrog statue at a debate Wednesday night. His opponent, Joshua Simpson, current SGA vice president of operations, said the record speaks for itself, and there was not a vote taken on the bronze statue on April 9.
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SGA candidates discuss critical topics at annual debate

The SGA candidates faced off at the 2012 SGA Election Debate on Wednesday. With the purpose and processes of SGA being questioned by some students, the candidates shared their thoughts on the concerns and needs of the student body along with their platforms for the upcoming spring semester in office.
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'Fear of God' letters show university's selectivity

TCU made news this week when The New York Times noted that the university asks incoming freshmen whose transcripts reflect a serious bout of "senioritis" to explain themselves. But TCU Dean of Admission Ray Brown said on Tuesday that the warning letters have been sent to wayward students for more than 20 years.
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Lexy Cruz

I am a News Producer at FOX 4 in Dallas, Texas.

I hope to always find myself in a digital-first, ethical and innovative newsroom ready to take on challenges with people who are not afraid to fail.


Georgia Association of Broadcasters
• Best Newscast GABBY, 2014

Georgia Associated Press Awards: Honorable Mention, 2014
• Best Multiplatform Coverage Of A Single Story: "11 people shot, 5 dead within 9 days"

Texas APME Headliners Excellence in Journalism Awards
• First place 1A "Star Breaking News Report of the Year" for TCU drug arrests coverage, 2013

Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award, Region 8
• Third Place “Breaking News Reporting (Large)" for quarterback Casey Pachall's suspension, 2012
• Second Place “General News Reporting (Large)” for quarterback failing drug test, 2012

College Media Association Pinnacle Award
• Breaking News on the Web for TCU drug arrests coverage, 2012




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