Who is Owen Conflenti?
Owen Conflenti was born in 1975, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, and is a broadcast journalist, best known for his work with the television station KPRC 2 which he has been with since 2005. He’s been involved in anchoring and reporting duties for the station, and has also contributed to various digital as well as radio reports.
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The Net Worth of Owen Conflenti
How rich is Owen Conflenti? As of early-2019, sources estimate a net worth that is over $700,000, earned through a successful career in broadcast journalism. He’s covered numerous high profile stories throughout his career and has also had his share of controversy. As he continues his endeavors, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase, as his current salary is reputed to be close to $100,000.
Early Life, Education, and Career Beginnings
While Owen was born in Pittsburgh, his family would later move to New York City where he would grow up. His father worked as a defense attorney, and during his time in New York gained a lot of exposure in the media. He also spent a bit of time in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a teenager before moving back to Pittsburgh.
After matriculating from high school, Owen enrolled at Emerson College located in Boston to complete a degree in broadcast journalism; the private college offers over three dozen degree programs focused on Arts and Communication, and they also have campuses in Los Angeles and The Netherlands. He mentioned that he chose to pursue a degree focused on broadcasting as he felt that it was a career he would enjoy, and the decision proved right. After completing his degree, he began his career as a reporter for WNCT-TV, which is a CBS station located in Greenville, North Carolina serving the Eastern Inner Banks region.
Move to KPRC 2
He mainly served as a weekend anchor and reporter for WNCT-TV and stayed there for a few years before eventually moving to KPRC 2 also known as the Local 2 News or Click 2 Houston. The station is owned by the Graham Media Group and they are licensed in Houston, Texas, USA. The network is known for covering various sports teams in the area and also has a lot of news related programs. He mainly does the early morning 5am broadcasts of the station, and is also very passionate about sports reporting.
He’s been with the station since 2005, and says that he feels very at home there, and that he has called Houston home longer than anywhere else. He is very passionate about news reporting and aside from his reports, he also contributes to the digital presence of the station. He’s reported on various events within the city, including recent changes or upgrades within the city. He also reports on unusual aspects of life in Houston, including bullfighting and other cultural experiences that you can only find in the area.
Bell’s Palsy and Controversy
In 2009, reports started surfacing from a publication called “Chron Magazine” suggesting that the anchor was suffering from a mild case of Bell’s palsy. The disease is a form of facial paralysis that afflicts the victim with the inability to control his facial muscles, usually around half of the face. The disease can have symptoms such as muscle weakness, twitching, or the inability to move one or both sides of the face. The cause of the disease is unknown and happens due to a dysfunction of the facial nerve. To treat the disease, he had to take a week off to recover and get a treatment recommended by doctors. After a week, he was given the go ahead to return to his anchoring duties.
Owen also attracted a bit of attention and controversy in 2011 when he was caught on air doing a middle finger salute, which he thought was not caught by the cameras but was captured due to recent upgrades of wider frames for the station; he nonchalantly raised the middle finger to someone off camera and continued on with the broadcast as if nothing happened. He and other executives of the company refused to comment on the situation to prevent it from getting worse, and eventually people just let it slide.
— Owen Conflenti ? (@kprc2owen) March 7, 2019
Personal Life and Social Media
For his personal life, it is known that Conflenti is married though very little is known about his wife and their relationship. He has mentioned that marrying her and starting a family was the best thing to have happened in his life. His partner however prefers to keep out of the spotlight to preserve her privacy. They have three children together revealing his youngest child in 2018 just after she was born.
He has talked about how he loved spending time with his family both on air and in his work profiles in Click 2 Houston. He has been accused by several personalities that he is gay due to questionable fashion choices, but all of them have been disproven as he has proven that he is married and has a family. There are no signs of their relationship heading into any turmoil. Similar to numerous broadcast personalities, he is highly active online, having accounts on social media websites such as Twitter and Instagram. He mainly uses the platforms to promote his work and give a bit of insight into his life away from the cameras. He rarely posts any photos about his family in his accounts opting for a more comedic route towards his Instagram posts.