Rick Garcia began his broadcasting career in 1979 at KAVL-AM Radio as a play-by-play announcer and disc jockey. In 1982, he became sports director for KTN-TV in Palm Springs, California, and the following year moved to KVBC-TV (NBC) in Las Vegas, Nevada, as a weekend sports anchor.
Over the next few years, Garcia anchored sports at KOAT-TV (ABC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and KTSP-TV (CBS) in Phoenix, Arizona.
In 1987, Garcia moved to Los Angeles to handle sports at KTTV (Fox), and later anchored the news at KCOP-TV (UPN).
In 2009, he became the co-anchor of the weeknight editions of KCAL9 News at 8pm and 10 pm. Two years later – in addition to those duties – Garcia started hosting the CBS2 6pm newscast. He helped facilitate KCAL9’s ranking as 2010-11 most-watched prime-time news show for Southern California. Garcia eventually went on to anchor KCBS’ Morning show at 4:30am-7:00am and later, CBS2 News at 5:00, 6:00 and 11pm.
Garcia has been recognized for his contributions to the media, having been awarded numerous Emmys, Golden Mikes, AP’s and the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award.
He was awarded the National Hispanic Media Coalition’s Excellence in Broadcast Journalism Award in 2008 and the Striving for Excellence Award from the Minorities in Broadcasting Training Program some years earlier. Philanthropically, Garcia has provided the Unity Award scholarship at his alma mater, Quartz Hill High School. Rick has also worked with various community causes, including the Facing Forward Foundation, the Michael Hoefflin Foundation, the Children’s Center of the Antelope Valley, and the Boys and Girls Clubs.