Rick Garcia has moved from KCAL9’s weeknight 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts to sister station CBS2 to anchor that station’s weekday 4:30-7:00 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m. newscasts. Garcia joins co-anchor Sharon Tay, meteorologist Evelyn Taft and traffic reporter Stephanie Simmons.
Since Tay, Garcia and Taft began working together in August 2010, KCAL 9 ranks first in viewers among newscasts in the highly competitive 10 p.m. hour and has been No. 1 during seven of the last nine major sweep periods. And since the beginning of the new television season on September 23, the weeknight edition of KCAL9 News at 10 p.m. continues to rank first among local newscasts in the time period with an average of 160,000 viewers — up 28 percent versus comparable dates last year.
“Sharon, Rick and Evelyn are a proven winning combination,” CBS2/KCAL9 General Manager Steve Mauldin said. “They bring a tremendous mix of experience, insight and personality to every newscast and they know what it takes to achieve success in morning news. We are confident in their ability to help us grow our audience during the morning news daypart in the same way they’ve given us a big lift during primetime.”
Garcia joined the CBS2/KCAL9 family in 2010 after spending the past 22 years with KTTV-TV (Channel 11) and its Fox-owned sister station KCOP-TV (Channel 13) in Los Angeles.
In August 2008, Garcia received the National Hispanic Media Coalition’s Excellence in Broadcast Journalism award.
Garcia has also been honored by the Minorities in Broadcasting Training Program with a Striving for Excellence Award which recognized his career achievements and community contributions.
A Los Angeles native, Garcia attended California State University at Northridge, Antelope Valley College and College of the Desert. He is actively involved with several community organizations, including the Facing Forward Foundation (which supports doctors who provide reconstructive plastic surgeries for underprivileged children with deformities), the Michael Hoefflin Foundation (supporting children with cancer), the Children’s Center of the Antelope Valley and the Boys and Girls Clubs. Since 2006, Garcia has provided the “Unity” award at Quartz Hill High School in the Antelope Valley, where he attended. The award grants a scholarship for two students at the school every year.
Garcia joined KTTV in April 1987 as a weekend anchor and weekday reporter. He began serving as the station’s weekday sports anchor in April 1988. Garcia served as host and executive producer of KTTV’s NFL post-game, “Fox Overtime.” He also hosted KTTV’s Major League Baseball post-game show, “Extra Innings,” since it premiered in 1999.
Garcia began his broadcasting career in radio in 1979 as an on-air personality, sports director and play-by-play announcer at KAVL-AM in the Antelope Valley. In 1982, he joined KTN, a cable television station in Palm Springs, as sports director in 1982. One year later, Garcia became the weekend sports anchor at KVBC-TV, the NBC affiliate in Las Vegas. In 1984, he joined KOAT-TV, the ABC affiliate in Albuquerque, in the same capacity. Prior to joining KTTV-TV, Garcia was the weekday sports anchor at KTSP-TV, the CBS affiliate in Phoenix, from 1985-87.
In addition to being a member of the KTTV-TV team that won Emmys for best newscast in 1997 and 2003, Garcia received Emmy Awards for best sports feature, best sports reporting (twice), best sports series and best feature reporting. He has also received six Golden Mike Awards, the Edward R. Murrow award and numerous other honors from industry and community organizations.
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