About Rick Garcia
Throughout Rick Garcia’s professional broadcasting career, 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. Garcia 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.
Philanthropically, in Los Angeles, Rick Garcia provided the Unity Award scholarship at his alma mater, Quartz Hill High School and has also worked with various LA 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 based in Los Angeles.
Garcia began his broadcasting career in 1979 at KAVL-AM Radio California as a play-by-play announcer and disc jockey. In 1982, Garcia 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, Rick 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, Garcia became the co-anchor of the weeknight editions of KCAL9 News at 8pm and 10 pm. Two years later – in addition to those duties – he started hosting the CBS2 6pm newscast. Rick Garcia also helped facilitate KCAL9’s ranking as 2010-11 most-watched prime-time news show for Southern California. Rick 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 also was host of Fox KTTV’s MLB, Extra Innings and NFL Fox Overtime.
Cameo TV and Radio Appearances
As an actor, Rick Garcia typically portrays himself; a news anchorman and news reporter, in popular TV shows and Movies. Garcia has appeared in a variety of hit box office movies including Collateral Damage and award winning TV series like LA Law, as well as action-packed hit 24, and X-Files. Cameo appearances were made in Code Black, Stalker and Scorpion,Nightcrawler among others. In Talent for the Game for example, Rick Garcia portrayed a news reporter, fondly recalling: “this was my foray into Film and TV other than News. I enjoyed watching Edward James Olmos and Lorraine Bracco work together.” Read more here about Actor Rick Garcia.