Arenas, a former Kenedy resident and graduate of Kenedy High School, graduated from The University of Texas with a degree I journalism and once worked at WOAI in San Antonio before moving on to take positions at KTRK and KHOU.
Arenas is the son of Vicente and Victoria Arenas, of Kenedy.
A memo sent recently from KHOU said Vicente will report for duty in Miami in March.
“We are so proud of Vicente and so happy that he’ll still be in the family, reporting on the CBS Evening News and all the network’s news broadcasts,” the memo states.
The memo also said that Arenas is the first KHOU anchor since Dan Rather to go directly to CBS News as a national correspondent. Arenas has worked at KHOU for the past 10 years.
CBS News president David Rhodes told Broadcasting & Cable magazine that there was a vacancy at the network’s Miami bureau which CBS wanted to fill with a reporter who was fluent in Spanish.
“We wanted someone who had Spanish-language ability,” Rhodes said. “That was really a prerequisite for us. It is a bilingual city and part of this for CBS is about regional coverage.”