Daughter of CBS Austin anchor Adela Uchida has role in ‘Nutcracker’

CBS Austin news anchor Adela Uchida and her daughter Siobhan
CBS Austin news anchor Adela Uchida and her daughter Siobhan

For decades, Ballet Austin’s “Nutcracker’ has served as a valuable training ground for up-and-coming dancers.

This year’s no exception, with about 140 Ballet Austin Academy students set to take part.

One of those dancers is the daughter of CBS Austin news anchor Adela Uchida.

Siobhan, 9, said she’s long wanted to be in “The Nutcracker.”

“I wanted to do this because I like to perform,” the fourth-grader said. “And when I heard in second grade that I could be in ‘The Nutcracker,’ but I had to work hard, my mom told me I could probably do it.”

“I’m very proud of her,” Uchida said. “I had this idea that allowing her to audition would teach her some lessons about hard work paying off, so I was worried about what I was going to say if she didn’t make it. Her reaction when she found out was priceless, though. It was the first time I have seen my child cry in happiness.”

While Uchida said she danced for a time when she was younger, she later switched to running, swimming and soccer. Siobhan, though, looks like she’s sticking with dancing for now.

“I started taking her to see ‘The Nutcracker’ when she was 4,” Uchida said. “We lived in Houston at the time, so it was the Houston Ballet production. We continued the tradition here in Austin – last year we saw the Ballet Austin production at the Long Center and it was so much fun.

“She liked watching the ballerinas in ‘The Nutcracker’ and pre-ballet was offered at her school in the Houston area, so it was a natural thing that she wanted to do. She really started focusing on it this year though, when she realized she could be a part of this production.”

Siobhan, who will dance the role of an angel, said she finds the costumes, in particular, appealing. But that’s not all.

“I love watching people en pointe or trying to get higher (on her feet) and closer to pointe, even though I can’t do pointe yet,” she said. “I want to become famous one day.”

“The Nutcracker” runs through Dec. 23 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. For tickets, visit balletaustin.org.

4 new reporters set to join KEYE news team

Adela Uchida
Adela Uchida

Look for four new faces to pop up soon on KEYE.

Adela Uchida starts this week as the station’s weekend news anchor, a spot vacated late last year when Deeda Payton left to serve as general manager of Community Impact’s Central Austin edition.

Uchida arrives from Houston, where she most recently worked for an all-news radio station. Prior to that, she co-anchored weekend newscasts for ABC-owned KTRK-TV.

“I’m sad about leaving Houston, but thrilled to be going to Austin,” Uchida told Houston media blogger Mike McGuff. “I have great faith in Rob Cartwright, the news director. He knows the direction he wants to go.”

In an email announcing Uchida’s hiring, Cartwright says she “has the reputation of being an aggressive reporter who digs deep for her stories.”

Nadia Galindo
Nadia Galindo

Reporter Nadia Galindo also debuts this week.

She last worked at KGBT-TV, the CBS station in Harlingen.

Another reporter, Juliette Dryer, will start later this month.

Dryer comes from Columbia, Mo., where she’s been a morning anchor and reporter.

The fourth new hire, David Iniga, will work as a sports reporter for Telemundo Austin, KEYE’s sister station.

He arrives here after a stint in Laredo, where he delivered sports reports for both English- and Spanish-language affiliates.

Juliette Dryer
Juliette Dryer