Mo Haider grew up in New Orleans and Houston and is a proud graduate of the University of Houston’s Jack J. Valenti School of Communication. The communications school has a deep place in Mo’s heart, that’s where he met some of his biggest mentors and inspirations.
While he was a student at UH, Mo served as a beat writer for the school’s newspaper, The Daily Cougar. He, along with two other students, also started their own sports talk show at the school’s first ever student-run station, Coog Radio.
Mo’s first job in television news was at KCAU in Sioux City, Iowa. Mo was responsible for covering news in the Tri-state area of Siouxland. That includes parts of Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. Some of his memorable stories are the avian-flu outbreak that killed millions of birds in Iowa, an EF-4 tornado that destroyed parts of North East Nebraska, and events that led up to the presidential election. Mo was recognized by the Iowa Broadcast News Association for best Farm and Agribusiness reporting.
Mo then moved on to Albuquerque’s CBS’s affiliate, KRQE News 13. In the land of enchantment, Mo covered everything from crime to politics. Some of his most memorable stories include how the Albuquerque community came together after a beloved officer was killed, New Mexico’s REAL I.D. law, and covering one of the toughest winters in Albuquerque.
Mo is a major news junkie and he’s also an avid sports fan. Mo is a diehard Saints fan, and a huge University of Houston Cougars fan. When he’s not working, you can find him checking out the latest restaurants in town, learning to cook, and binge watching his favorite shows.