Uma Pemmaraju, a 1976 graduate of Holmes High School, is the 2012 Pillar of Responsibility.
Currently an anchor and host for the Fox News Channel's
"America's News HQ," she
has interviewed numerous newsmakers in the world of politics and business.
For the series "Secrets of Success," she
highlighted famous Americans who have overcome incredible odds, such as Buzz Aldrin, Carly Simon, Donald Trump, and Whoopi Goldberg.
Born in India and raised in San Antonio, she attended Glass Elementary and Neff Middle School before graduating from Holmes.
She earned a political science degree from Trinity University, and spent a year at American University in Washington, D.C. as part of an exchange program her junior year.
Prior to joining Fox News, she worked at a CBS affiliate station in Dallas, an NBC station in Boston, the San Antonio Express-News, and KENS-TV.
She has also taught journalism at Emerson College and Harvard University.
accolades include being named Best Anchor by Boston Magazine
, the Texas AP award for reporting, and several Emmy awards for her
reporting and investigative journalism.