Lileana Pearson
Lileana Pearson is a reporter for ABC13, joining the team in February 2023. She spent the last two years reporting and anchoring for WBTV in Charlotte NC where she covered a variety of topics from the early pandemic to Panthers football. While in Charlotte she focused on transportation and infrastructure, where she did several stories highlighting the lack off accessibility for people living with disabilities. A big fan of nature, Lileana spent many weekends in the North Carolina Mountains where she enjoyed hiking in her off time.

Lileana spent 2019-2021 reporting for WOWT in Omaha, NE. During her time in the Midwest, she interviewed nearly a dozen presidential candidates for 2020 Iowa caucus season, covered a historic flood of the Missouri River, and interviewed the first Americans to contract COVID-19 as they were transported to receive treatment at Omaha's biocontainment unit at Nebraska Medicine.

Lileana received her undergraduate in media studies at Lindsey Wilson College in her hometown of Columbia KY before moving on to earn a master's degree in broadcast and digital journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

Lileana was born in Washington State but has lived in Washington, Rhode Island, Kentucky, New York, Nebraska, North Carolina and now Texas. She did most of her growing up in rural Kentucky so she calls that home.

She is thrilled to have landed in the Lone Star State and looks forward to many new, exciting adventures here in Houston and around the state. In her off time, you can find her walking her dog Lentil, enjoying the outdoors, or getting creative in the kitchen.

If you have a story, issue, or concern, reach out to Lileana on her social media or at She looks forward to telling your stories!

Lileana's Stories
Only on 13: Driver and passenger walk away after slamming into Houston coffee shop, video shows
Surveillance video only seen on ABC13 shows the car coming off the road, taking down a tree, and slamming into the shop. The owners say this isn't the first time their shop has been crashed into.
Houston ranked among worst offenders for anti-Semitism
According to a study, 2022 was the worst year to date when it comes to recorded incidents of hate toward the Jewish community. About 3,697 incidents towards individuals were reported.
City of Houston 'believes the best path forward' is to end contract with Inframark
"We are committed to providing the highest quality water services to Houstonians and believe this is the best path forward for Houston water treatment operations," the city said. This is how Inframark responded.
Teen nearly hit by bullet that grazed headrest in what deputies call road rage shooting on Hwy 290
The teen's father said it all started as a fight over a lane change. When both vehicles got onto the feeder, the suspect shot into their car, deputies said.
'I'm really scared that they're coming after us': Woman paralyzed after mugging speaks to ABC13
"I'm feeling really scared that they are coming after us because of what happened. I need everyone's help to get them the punishment they deserve," Truong said.
Indictment of Kendleton mayor arises during Sunshine Week, deemed to focus on open records, requests
In 2018, city press secretary Darian Ward was put in the hot seat after a request to turn over her emails found that she was using her city email to conduct personal business.
17-year-old charged with capital murder in death of grandmother shot during Memorial-area carjacking
A judge issued no bond because of the capital murder charge. Investigators previously said the suspects might have been involved in some sort of disagreement with the victim.
Only on 13: DoorDash imposters damage home in Spring during attempted burglary, deputies say
The DoorDash imposters showed up while a woman and her nephew were asleep. Video shows one suspect carrying a "to-go" bag, and four men sneaking their way into the backyard.
Woman leaves fake ID at SW Houston car dealership before never returning from test drive, owner says
The owner told ABC13 that after about 20 minutes, he knew the car was gone and called the police. Once deputies arrived, it was discovered that the woman had left a phony ID.
'People need to change': Residents in Gulfton neighborhood looking for change after multiple crimes
The ABC13 Safety Tracker shows that in the neighborhood, there have been an average of eight homicides each year since 2019.