13 things you don't know about Chauncy Glover

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From his first job to his hidden talents, and even how the Chauncy Glover Project came to be, we find out so much about the ABC-13 anchor/reporter. (KTRK)

From his first job to his hidden talents, and even how the Chauncy Glover Project came to be, we find out so much about the ABC-13 anchor/reporter.

1. Where did you grow up?
I grew up in a small town called Athens. Athens, Alabama. All my family, most of them are still back there. Love the place. Went to high school there - East Limestone High School. People don't believe me, but I'm really a small town country boy from Alabama. Athens, good old Athens - great people, great town.

2. What was your first job?
My first job... gosh, it's so crazy because I have it here on my desk. My first job I was a waiter at IHOP! That was my first job ever. My family had a friend who started some chains of IHOP there in Huntsville, which is like the city area where I'm from. He opened this restaurant, and I knew the family, he knew the family, and he was like, "Hey! You've got a good personality. You should come be a waiter!" I was like, "I don't know about that." So I tried it out and I ended up loving it and making a lot of cash while doing it.

Then I ended up getting a job at a clothing store called McGray's in the mall there, but yeah that was my first job - IHOP!

3. What's your Starbucks order?
You know, I don't drink Starbucks. I don't drink coffee. But if I do go there, they have the tea, like a raspberry tea that I'll do. But I'm not a big coffee drinker.

4. What's your favorite restaurant?
My favorite restaurant...I have so many. I will say, here in Houston, my favorite restaurant would have to be...oh gosh there's so many good ones! I like Gloria's! I do like Gloria's downtown. I'm not really big on Mexican food, but Gloria's is very authentic and the drinks are good. So right now, I would say Gloria's for here in Houston.

5. What's a superpower you wish you had?

I wish I could read people's minds. I wish I could tap into your mind and see what is she thinking? What is he thinking? And I also wish I could make myself taller too. That's my only regret about myself and the way I look. I wish I was tall. My dad's tall, my little brother was tall, and then here I am at just 5'10". I want to be like 6'3" or 6'4", but I would love to read people's minds.

6. Any hidden talents?
I've got a few! Some people know, so they're not so hidden. I grew up acting and singing so I sign. I started singing in the church choir, so I do all of that. I'm really good at directing a choir. I started off with conducting in high school, then I studied conducting in college. Back in the day, I used to conduct and direct choirs at church, so that's a hidden talent that most people may not know.

7. If you were a baseball player, what would your walk-up song be?
You know I played baseball, I am a baseball player! My walk-up song was bring 'em out, bring 'em out, bring 'em out...you know that song!

8. On your days off, do you sleep in or wake up early?
On my days off, I sleep in! Especially when you have to get up at 2:30 or 3 o'clock in the morning, so on my days off I sleep in. Every now and then , my body will still continue to get up because I think I have to work. But if I do that, I immediately say ok, it's your off day and go back to sleep.

9. What's your backup career?
My backup career was acting. I said if I don't make it in TV, I was going to be an actor or go do music. I also have a degree in public relations, so if all else fails, I say I could get a good PR job.

10. Do you sing in the shower?
I do. I sing in the shower and I'm talking about full on performances. I've had a neighbor to call, this was at my old apartment complex in Jacksonville, Florida when I was working there. I had a neighbor complain to me to the apartment management saying that I was singing too loud.

11. What makes you nervous?
I'm a preparer, I like to be prepared for things, and I sort of like to be in control of things. I'm nervous whenever I'm not able to control something or if I don't know what I'm getting into. Surprises - when my family and friends want to surprise me with something, that kind of stuff makes me nervous because I absolutely don't know what I'm walking into.

12. What's your favorite story you've ever covered?
This question is twofold. I have a lot of stories that are my favorite because they've promoted change and all that, but I have one story that was probably one of the worst stories I have ever covered, but I turned it into one of my favorite stories because some good came out of it.

I was working in Detroit, you know I moved here to Houston from Detroit. I was sent out to breaking news one night. There was a robbery. I guess two students at a high school there in downtown Detroit tried to rob the basketball coach. The coach ended up shooting them. He had a gun and he ended up shooting both of the suspects. They found one of the suspects, but they couldn't find the other one.

It's literally a few minutes before I go on air and we are on a street, they had us backed up. I'm sort of looking around the scene and assessing everything, and then I see something in the median. I go up, and it's the second suspect who is a 17-year-old kid at this school, and he's dying. I take off my jacket. I try to put it on his head, and I start yelling for help, yelling for help. I turned away to yell for help and I turned back and the kid had died.

That story - it never left me. Never, never left me.

But with that, I turned it around for some good. I ended up going back to that same high school, and I asked the principals there and the school leaders, I said can I have some other young men who were connected to this kid? Because I had a chance to interview his mom and she told me, "Chauncy, he wasn't a bad kid." She showed me his homework. She told me, "He just got caught up with the wrong people and we live in a bad area of town. This is all he knows."

So I started a mentoring project called the Chauncy Glover Project at that same high school. I mentor young men. I bring them in their junior year. I mentor them their junior and senior years, and it's an all-encompassing program. We teach them etiquette, how to dress, we help them with study habits, we help them with ACT scores, and then their senior year we help them get into college. We have a big gala. The community comes out, and we give them scholarship money, and we send them all to college. So far, since the program's inception, which was two years ago, we've sent more than 25 young men to college from this same high school where this kid who was shot by the coach trying to rob him was from.

So that to me was the most memorable story because that is a story that really just woke me up and called me to do something greater. So, there you have it!

13. Do you have any plans to expand the Chauncy Glover Project?

I do, that's probably the number one question that I get in emails and Twitter messages. They Google me or they see Chauncy Glover Project and they see the great work it has done in Detroit, and they're always asking, "We need this here in Houston! Are you going to bring it?" So, the answer is yes, but eventually. I told my board back in Detroit that I wanted to really get to know Houston and really hit the ground running here, and at least work for an entire year before I did that. Because although it's needed, it is a lot of work on my behalf, and we stay busy here. I've definitely got to do the whole time management and planning thing - have to have that down to the T.

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