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, North Carolina, 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 of 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, Kentucky 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!

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Escaped inmate caught at mother's house 12 hours after fleeing courthouse in downtown Houston: HCSO
Nigel Thomas Sanders was caught at his mother's house in east Harris County about 12 hours after he escaped the downtown courthouse. His mother and sister are also charged.
Water main break on Bissonnet impacting drivers and nearby day care: 'It got pretty nasty'
The blocked-off road forced one parent to track through the muck with his daughter in his arms. "I've never really seen it like this before," he said.
Houston park ranger accused of targeting gay men appears before a judge, who grants him $30K bond
The alleged victim told ABC13 he was asleep in his car in Cullen Park when the park ranger threatened to arrest him if he didn't give up his cash or take off his clothes.
HPD now unsure if man shot by officers inside W. Houston apartment complex fired at them at all
Authorities initially told ABC13 they were responding to a report of three burglars with masks when they encountered a relative of the person who called them.
ABC13 pressing HPD for evidence after narrative of officer involved shooting changes
ABC13 asked for evidence after HPD backtracked on their statement that the person they shot inside Flats on Tanglewilde fired at them. Here's what police are saying amid the investigation.
Houston Public Works admits bribery scandal casting doubt on water main repair numbers last year
The department in control of the city's basic services was celebrating last year when they reported fewer than 100 water main breaks. But, an alleged $750,000 scheme is putting that success in doubt.
Woman with machete stabs 1 person inside Galveston shelter, is then shot by officer, police say
The Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County is meant to provide a safe haven, but instead, it turned into a crime scene on Wednesday.
Several tied to City of Houston Public Works bribery scandal appear in court
ABC13 was at the courthouse Tuesday, where a former city employee faces bribery charges and is among seven accused in the scandal.
Man fatally shot during dice game by attempted robbery suspects in NE Harris County, HCSO says
According to HCSO, the 46-year-old man was at a hang-out spot for truckers when several suspects approached them during a dice game and demanded money.
Former city employee and 6 others accused of stealing millions of taxpayer dollars, records show
Six more people are expected to turn themselves in in the coming days after they were accused of stealing millions of taxpayer dollars and possibly impacting public infrastructure for years.