Letty Garza was born and raised in McAllen. She graduated from Pan American University with a bachelor's degree in communications in 1983. She is also a 1978 McAllen High School graduate.
Letty started her career at CHANNEL 5 NEWS as an intern in 1982 and worked her way up to become one of CHANNEL 5 NEWS's first female Hispanic news anchors here in the Valley.
Letty was instrumental in creating the first and most successful morning news program in the Valley. She also anchored the weekend newscast followed by the 5, 6, and 10 o'clock newscasts from the 1980s all the way to the mid-90s.
After the birth of her daughter, Talisa Marie McVea, Letty made a career change and worked for the U.S. Border Patrol as McAllen sector's first Public Information Officer in 1994. She continued her work with her Wednesday's Child program with CHANNEL 5 NEWS from 1994 until she returned to CHANNEL 5 NEWS in March of 2000.
Letty now anchors two full newscasts Monday through Friday: CHANNEL 5 NEWS at 6 and CHANNEL 5 NEWS at 10.
Letty is married to Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Reynaldo Manuel Garza, who oversees 1,800 agents and support personnel responsible for 19 South Texas counties. As mentioned earlier, Letty is the proud mother of Talisa Marie McVea.
Letty says, "I understand that people depend on my years of experienceas a journalist for dependable and accurate information on a day-to-day basis. I want my Valley to know just how proud I am, not only to represent CHANNEL 5 NEWS as a team leader, but as a reliable and responsible person...that my mother, Marina, always said I would be, in her words: 'Mijita, eres muy responsable, y por eso seguiste adelante.'"