Press Release

July 2, 2020

Media relations
Elita Fielder Adjei
Director, Communications & Publicity
(424) 247-3517
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Joins ABC13/KTRK-TV Houston’s Virtual Town Hall to Discuss COVID-19 and Reopening Texas

Virtual Town Hall Is TODAY, July 2 (7:00 – 8:00 p.m. CDT) 

Exclusively Stream Live at, ABC13’s Facebook Live and YouTube and ABC13’s connected TV apps on Amazon FireTV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku

ABC13, Houston’s most-watched television station, presents ”Reopening Texas,” a one-hour virtual town hall on THURSDAY, JULY 2 (7:00-8:00 p.m. CDT). Gov. Greg Abbott joins the town hall that will highlight the concerns of residents, business leaders and elected officials on the reopening of Texas amid the COVID-19 pandemic. ABC13’s Eyewitness News anchor Tom Abrahams will moderate the town hall that will stream live on

A swift rise in COVID-19 cases has forced Texas to reverse the reopening process. Gov. Abbott signed an order last week shutting down bars, rafting and tubing businesses, and any outdoor gathering of more than 100 people, unless local officials approve.

Abrahams will seek answers to your questions about the impact of COVID-19 on businesses and the economy of Texas. ABC13 urges viewers to join the town hall and submit their questions online at ABC13.comor through the ABC13 news app for possible inclusion in Thursday’s town hall.

Panelists include the following:

  • Texas Gov. Greg Abbott
  • U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw
  • State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer
  • County Judge KP George, Fort Bend County
  • Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Harris County
  • Dr. Umair Shah, executive director, Harris County Public Health
  • Dr. Emily Knight, CEO, Texas Restaurant Association
  • Dr. Laura G. Murillo, President, Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

The virtual town hall will air THURSDAY, JULY 2 (7:00-8:00 p.m.), on, streaming on ABC13’s Facebook Live, YouTube, ABC13’s app, and ABC13’s connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV and Roku.

About KTRK- TV
For over 50 years, ABC13 has been the undisputed news leader in Houston, from sign-on to sign-off. Broadcasting 47 hours of locally produced newscasts each week, ABC13 is top-rated and most-watched among the Houston-area viewers. ABC13 also leads the market in its digital media efforts, with top rankings for its website,, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. ABC13 is deeply invested in the Houston community, and we spotlight Houston’s diversity through Eyewitness News reporting, covering issues that affect different segments of our population. ABC13 is also known for telecasting the city’s major events including the annual July 4th Freedom Over Texas celebration, The Chevron Marathon, The Bayou Bowl and The Houston Rodeo Parade. The station also broadcasts several community affairs projects throughout the year including: Share Your Holidays, an annual food drive benefiting the Houston Food Bank; and our E-cycle Drive, a collection/recycling effort for outdated electronic equipment in conjunction with Earth Day.


KTRK/ABC13 Contact:
Brandon DeHoyos, Director of Community Engagement
(713) 663-8712