Teresa Garcia is an award-winning journalist who reports for the ABC7 Morning News and begins her day in the South Bay. She joined the team in December 2005, returning home to the Bay Area to cover the diverse community where she grew up.
Prior to her return to California, Teresa worked at WCMH-TV in Columbus, Ohio, reporting on breaking news and special assignments, along with some fill-in anchor duties. There she excelled in enterprising law enforcement-related and community-issue stories. After continuing coverage of a devastating arson that killed ten Hispanic immigrants at an apartment complex, Teresa was individually commended in a community taskforce report for her work in keeping the story and its controversial issues in the public light. In 2005, she was nominated for an Emmy for Best Spot News for her coverage of the Columbus Police department's use of a Taser, exclusively capturing images during officers' first public use of the controversial device.
Teresa also worked on California's Central Coast. In 2001, she joined KSBY-TV in San Luis Obispo where she reported and anchored the weather and news, handling weekday and weekend duties. She also reported and anchored at KIMA-TV in Yakima, Washington. Prior to launching into broadcast news, Teresa began her career in Los Angeles in 1996 and over the years worked in a variety of production and public relation positions, from Rogers & Cowan to E! Entertainment TV. As a field producer for an entertainment business news show, she traveled to places like the Cannes Film Festival and interviewed the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Uma Thurman, John Travolta, even Hanna-Barbera, the historic cartoon duo.
Teresa says one of the most memorable stories is a two-part series she covered in San Quintin, Mexico, where a group of American doctors performed a free surgery to save a 2-year old girl's eyesight. This story boosted membership in the nonprofit group "Flying Samaritans" and won a 2003 RTNDA Golden Mike Award for Best Hard News Series.
Teresa is fluent in Spanish and has a range of international experience having lived in several countries, including Spain, Italy, Japan and Iran. She is an active member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and NATAS and has been involved with the Chicano News Media Association, as well as served as a mentor and board member of the Associated Press Television & Radio Association (APTRA).
While getting her BA in Communication Studies from UCLA, Teresa was also a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley and the University of Notre Dame. She later returned to UCLA in the Broadcast Journalism Certificate Program. Teresa says that if she was not in television news, she would love to be working in intelligence gathering for the CIA or Secret Service.
Teresa enjoys the outdoors, diving in Thailand and skiing the Sierras are a couple favorites; and some of her choice travel locations include the Andes in Chile, Kata Beach in Thailand, Mt. Etna in Sicily and the southern beaches of Spain.
Teresa and her husband live in the Bay Area and are the proud keepers of two cats.