Daniela Hurtado
Award-winning journalist Daniela Hurtado joined the ABC13 Eyewitness News team in March of 2022. Before ABC13 she reported in Florida at ABC7-WWSB, where she spearheaded coverage on stories that garnered national attention like the Brian Laundrie/Gabby Petitio case, the unemployment crisis and the environmental concerns at Piney Point.

Before her time in Sarasota she worked for two and a half years in Bismarck North Dakota at KFYR-TV as a crime, courts, and investigative reporter. While there, Hurtado won a regional investigative award for an investigation on illegal gun trade among other awards for her reporting on voting rights of Native Americans and the surge in drugs across North Dakota.

Her journey began at the University of Florida (GO GATORS!!) where she acquired her journalism degree with a focus on political science. During her time there she also won several investigative and spot news awards for her reporting in North Central Florida at WUFT-TV.

Daniela was born in Venezuela in a town called Barquisimeto. Her family immigrated to Miami, Florida, when she was five years old and that's where she grew up. English is her second language and she is proud to be fully bilingual. Daniela knew she wanted to be a journalist at a young age and is passionate about telling the stories of people in her community and holding the powerful accountable.

During her time outside of work, Daniela is a true crime junkie. She loves listening to podcasts and watching cold case documentaries. She loves meeting new people and you can find her on her days off adventuring around town with her female golden retriever Charli. If it's the fall, she's glued to the TV watching SEC football!!

Daniela is excited to be a part of the ABC13 team and to tell YOUR stories, get you answers and be a megaphone for the voiceless across the Houston community.

Have a story? Let's chat, amigos!! Email Daniela.C.Hurtado@abc.com

You can also find her on social media at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Daniela's Stories
Texts revealed in capital murder trial show boy's mom finding son 'looking dead,' prosecutors say
Prosecutors showed text messages and a recorded phone call from November 2020 between the boy's mother and her boyfriend, when she appears to have found her son's skeletal remains.
Neighbors hear El Salvadorian man cry for help while being held hostage in Sharpstown, police say
Investigators said a Houston couple is accused of being "coyotes" and trapped an El Salvadorian man in their home at the Las Rocas Apartments, where their 8-month-old also lives.
Officials identify 5 men arrested after chop shop raids linked to Jalisco Nueva Generación cartel
Officials say several of the suspects have ties to the Cártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación, one of the most powerful cartels in Mexico. Law enforcement confirmed the identities of the five men arrested on Thursday.
Richmond wood debris pile fire 75% contained as crews battle for 3rd day, official says
Neighbors told Eyewitness News that they've unwillingly breathed in the smoke for hours, with concerns that it could soon turn into something more serious.
Houston pool experts warn people to 'be vigilant' following drowning death of 8-year-old at hotel
Following the tragic drowning of an 8-year-old girl who was found lodged in a hotel pool's pipe, ABC13 learned that before you take a swim, there are some steps to heed before getting in whether you're at home or in public.
8-year-old girl 'violently sucked' into NW Houston hotel pool's unsecured gap, lawsuit reads
A wrongful death lawsuit revealed graphic details in a little girl's drowning over the weekend, with her family accusing a hotel of an unsafe, malfunctioning pool system.
City leaders remove law on firing of employees for correcting water bills for customers
"We're waiting for Public Works to get their technology in compliance that would prevent the bills from going exorbitant in the first place," Houston Mayor John Whitmire said. Public Works told ABC13 that they're working alongside the mayor on ways to improve the water billing system.
2 workers injured in crash between 2 Skyway trains at IAH after officials reported no one onboard
Airport officials initially reported Wednesday there were no passengers in the cars, but announced on Friday that two contractors working on the train during a scheduled test run were onboard and injured in the collision.
Prosecutors seeing an uptick of teenagers charged with violent crimes: 'The numbers aren't lying'
ABC13 spoke with prosecutors who explained why crime trends they're seeing among teenagers are concerning.
Galveston Co. deputy charged with sex assault of child over allegations from 1993, officials say
La Marque police told ABC13 that the alleged assault happened between 1993 and 1997 when the victim was 8 to 12 years old and Galveston County deputy Kenneth Hogan was in his 20s.