Emmy award winning Reporter Art Rascon joined ABC-13 in September 1998 to serve as anchor of the five o'clock news. Since then, Rascon has covered such major events as wars and conflicts in Iraq, the Balkans, the Middle East, Central America, and the Caribbean. He has reported widely on U.S. Presidential elections, terrorist attacks both at home and abroad, the Virginia Tech campus shooting, and a host of hurricanes that have hit the Eastern seaboard and the Gulf coast, including Katrina and Ike. Rascon has covered other natural disasters throughout the world, such as the Tsunami in Indonesia, and was one of the first journalists to report out of Haiti after the earthquake.
He comes to Houston from CBS NEWS where as a correspondent, reported on Haiti's civil unrest, Mexico's guerilla wars, Peru's hostage standoff, Cuba's downing of U.S. planes, TWA, and other airline disasters, various school shootings, conflicts in Central America, hurricanes throughout the Caribbean and U-S, the Oklahoma City bombing, and a variety of other international stories. From '89 to '94, Rascon was a reporter at KABC-TV in Los Angeles, covering such notable stories as the O.J. Simpson case, the Rodney King beating trial, the L.A. riots, the Branch Davidian stand-off, as well as earthquakes, fires and floods. Earlier, Rascon worked as a producer and reporter in San Antonio, El Paso, Abilene and Salt Lake City.
Rascon has reported from more than 50 countries, five continents, and nearly every state in the Union. He has been nominated for 25 Emmys and has won 19. He's received more than three dozen other local and national reporting awards, including two Edward R. Murrow awards, three National Association of Hispanic Journalists' awards, the International Rotary Club award, two Headliner Awards, the RTNDA Award, 15 Associated Press Reporting awards, and more than a dozen outstanding reporting awards from Press Clubs in Los Angeles, Miami, and Houston.
The National Hispanic Business Magazine named Rascon one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in America. In 2008 he was named Houston Father Of The Year and in 2010 was honored with the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow award from Rotary International. Rascon is a board member of Interfaith Of The Woodlands and serves as President of the Houston Association of Hispanic Media Professionals. He is a popular motivational speaker and active participant of charity groups. Rascon is a former Vice-President of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and former board member of The Radio Television News Directors Association.
Born in El Paso, Texas, & reared in Denver, Colorado, Rascon is a graduate of Brigham Young University with additional studies of European Politics in Madrid, Spain. He and his wife, Patti, have six children.
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