Ray Villeda joined the NBC 5 team in October of 2011.
He comes from Connecticut, where he worked for two years in the Hartford area as a reporter and fill-in anchor.
While in Connecticut, Ray was recognized by the state’s Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists for his coverage of a major energy plant explosion. He was the first reporter on the scene after the blast, which ended up killing six plant workers.
Ray was also the first reporter from the state to cover the tornadoes which hit just north of Connecticut in Springfield, Massachusetts, providing live coverage of the worst natural disaster to hit that area in decades.
Prior to Connecticut, Ray worked in Syracuse, New York, where he covered major national stories like the crash of Flight 3407 in Buffalo, NY and the Binghamton shootings at the American Civic Association. Fluent in Spanish, Ray was able to talk to a hostage after the situation.
He graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Journalism.
Having grown up in New York City and Connecticut, Ray is excited to get to know North Texas! He loves to run, so expect to find him on the Katy Trail. He qualified for the Boston Marathon in 2009 and hopes to one day run the race!