Evening News Anchor
Rusty Surette is the news anchor and executive producer for KBTX's 4 p.m., 6 p.m., and 10 p.m. newscasts. He is also responsible for popular franchises including the Be Remarkable campaign and the weekly Restaurant Report Card.
For more than 20 years, Rusty has worked in local television news as an award-winning anchor, investigative reporter, executive producer, assignments manager, and news photojournalist.
He joined KBTX in May 2015.
Rusty began his TV career in high school in his hometown of Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas. He's also worked in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Raleigh, North Carolina, Las Vegas, and Oklahoma City.
In 2011, he took a short break from television news to join the American Red Cross. In his role as Regional Director of Communications, he spent countless hours helping disaster victims across Oklahoma, Texas, and Mississippi.
Today, Rusty continues to serve as a Red Cross volunteer and board member. He's also a board member and supporter of other non-profit organizations including I Heart Bryan, Project Unity, and Health For All.
He serves as emcee and host of several events in the Brazos Valley including the Hispanic Forum of Bryan College Station Scholarship Gala and the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Hall of Honor Gala. Rusty is also a 2018 alum of Leadership Brazos.
In 2017, Rusty and KBTX were awarded the Texas Associated Press Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas Award for an investigative report involving a local school district.
He's been nominated for a regional Emmy three times and has been the recipient of two regional RTDNA Edward R. Murrow awards.
He's also received numerous awards for reporting, anchoring, editing, and photography from the Texas Associated Press, Oklahoma Associated Press, Louisiana Associated Press, Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists, Southeast Texas Press Club, and Nevada Electronic Media Association.
Rusty has been named Best TV Personality in 2021, 2020, and 2019 in Bryan Broadcasting's Best of the Brazos Valley awards. He was named Best Local Media Personality in The Eagle's Readers' Choice Awards in 2021 and 2020. He also won Best TV Personality in 2019 in the Best of BCS awards from Maroon Weekly.
Rusty is currently engaged to Marco Alvarez of Navasota and they're the proud parents of a Mini Australian Shepherd named Nala and a rescue cat named Kiki. He has an Associate's Degree in Personal Fitness Training and Exercises Science at Heritage College.