Biography

Patricia Gras has been an Emmy award winning bilingual journalist since 1988. She speaks five languages, has visited over 50 countries, and holds three Masters degrees including a Masters in journalism from Columbia University in New York. She has won over 170 broadcasting awards including 7 Television Emmys, 20 Emmy nominations, 16 national Tellys and several international film festival and News awards.

Patricia is no longer at Houston PBS. She is now the owner of her own production company Gras productions LLC, (Love Smart Living Media) which produces TV programs, marketing, music, industrial and commercial videos. She recently produced a the first show of a cultural series “Living Abroad on Purpose.” Her current award-winning show Living Smart with Patricia Gras has aired on over 200 PBS channels across the country and is still airing on HoustonPBS. In 2008, she also began co-producing and co-hosting Latina Voices: Smart talk with Minerva Perez and Sofia Adrogue until September of 2011. This is a show unlike no other in the country with three Latina anchors covering current issues of the day.

In 2008, she began hosting and producing the award winning town hall forums “Houston Have your Say” on pertinent issues affecting the Harris County region.

Her television career began over two decades ago in 1988 when she worked as a reporter, producer and writer for the local newscast, the first in Spanish television in Houston on Telemundo ch. 48 KTMD.

In 1989, she began producing and hosting the award-winning Galveston La Isla Bonita show. The following year while getting her Masters at the Columbia School of Journalism in New York, she freelanced for the local Telemundo station and wrote for a New York city community paper.

In 1990, she moved back to Houston Texas, where she began co-hosting the respected and award winning public affairs program, Almanac, a weekly prime time news and public affairs show on HoustonPBS, the first PBS station in the country. She also served as backup anchor for the statewide political show, Capitol Report.

In 1995, she became the lead reporter, producer and backup anchor of a prime time daily news magazine show, Weeknight Edition which evolved into Weekday and became one of Houston’s most celebrated television programs. While she worked for Weekday she earned multiple regional Emmy’s, Houston and Dallas Press Club award and several Tellys.

She has also covered a full spectrum of subjects for HoustonPBS including producing for the weekly public affairs magazine the connection, and hosting local specials like “And Thou Shalt Honor,” Hope and Help for Alzheimer’s in Houston, Facing the Mortgage Crisis and Mental Healthcare for Kids in Houston. Her national producing credits include Weight Loss Surgery, The Last Resort, a much-needed primer for anyone considering bariatric surgery; Taiwan: An Emerging Democracy, an exclusive interview with Taiwan’s Vice President, Anette Lu; Supersized America a national documentary series on the obesity epidemic and her own television series, Living Smart. Patricia’s international concerns have taken her twice to Romania to report on the orphaned children left in the aftermath of Nicolae Ceausescu’s dictatorship, to Taiwan to cover the economic and social impact of Taiwanese Americans in the United States, and to Vietnam to feature several American doctors returning 20 years after the war.

Patricia has interviewed notables such as formers President George Bush, and Jimmy Carter. Former secretary of State, James Baker and Madeleine Albright and international dignitaries such as Desmond Tutu, Carlos Menem, Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia, Nobel Peace Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus and Queen Anne of Romania.
Her work has also been recognized with honors from American Women in Journalism, American Women in Radio and Television, Houston and Dallas Press Clubs, National Communicator and Videographer awards, Houston Area Women’s Center, Texas Mental Health Association, Texas Medical Association, Texas Public Health Association, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and the list goes on.

Patricia has also been inducted to “Who’s Who of American Women” and “Who’s Who in the Media, and International ‘Who’s Who.”

She is presently airing the eight season of the Emmy nominated and award winning Living Smart series that delivers breakthrough information for viewers interested in all aspects of personal growth and well being. At present, her Gras Productions company is in the process of post editing a Latin America project and producing a local reality TV show.

When Patricia isn’t in the editing suite, or attempting the climb to Machu Picchu, she can be found performing with her own band, a Latin folk-pop and flamenco band.

This year the Houston Hispanic Association of Media Professionals HAHMP honored her with a lifetime achievement award.

You can reach her at pattigras@gmail.com

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