Art Rascon

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Art Rascon (born December 4, 1962) is an American anchor of the five o'clock news for ABC in Houston, Texas. Prior to joining ABC, he worked as a CBS News correspondent on assignments that included international events for the Evening News with Dan Rather and 48 Hours. He also reported for CBS Radio which earned him a national Edward R. Murrow award for his spot coverage of Hurricane Opal in 1995.[1] During his years as a journalist, he has reported on major events including natural disasters and civil unrest and has traveled to more than fifty different countries on five continents. He has been nominated for national[2] and regional Emmy Awards, and by the end of 2015 had earned 19 Emmys.[1]

Rascon was recognized in 1997 as being one of only five Latino correspondents appearing on national television networks in the US reporting major events for the evening news.[3] He is a former vice president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and was named one of the one-hundred most influential Hispanics in America by Hispanic Business Magazine.[4]

Early years[edit]

Rascon was born in El Paso, Texas.[1] While he was still a young boy, Rascon and his family moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and later to Albuquerque, but most of his youth was spent growing up in Denver, Colorado.[5] He graduated from Green Mountain High School just outside Denver and began his college studies at Brigham Young University Idaho in 1980. Rascon served a mission for his faith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and then returned to his studies at Brigham Young University in Utah. He also spent six months in Madrid, Spain studying European political science, History, Humanities and the Arts. He later graduated from BYU in 1985. While in college, Rascon worked as a reporter for KBYU-FM and KBYU-TV.[6]


1998-Current: KTRK/ABC Houston. 5 PM anchor for ABC-13. He worked as a reporter in the Middle East, Iraq, Serbia, Kosovo, and Bosnia. He also covered conflicts in Central America, provided reports on Pope John Paul's including his travels and death, and covered the Papal election. reported from New York City and Washington D.C., on terrorist attacks. He has reported extensively on the immigration issue, following children, teen and adult immigrants from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala all the way to the U.S. border. Rascon has covered everything from earthquakes to tsunamis, and was one of the first to report from Haiti the morning after the quake. He has executive produced and reported numerous half-hour Special Reports on a variety of subjects and reported from the scene of more than a dozen major hurricanes, including Katrina, Ike, and a host of other storms.[1]

1994-1998: CBS Evening News correspondent. Home-based in Miami, Rascon covered major events throughout the southeastern US, including coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing.[1] He also traveled internationally and reported on major events during times of civil unrest and natural disasters, including Haiti's civil unrest, Mexico's guerilla wars, Peru's hostage standoff; Cuba's attack on U.S. planes, the TWA and Value-Jet airline disasters, and more.[1] He covered hurricanes in the Caribbean and eastern US, including Hurricane Opal in 1995 and Hurricane Fran in 1996. Rascon earned a national Edward R. Murrow award for spot coverage of Hurricane Opal on CBS Radio,[1] and an Emmy nomination from The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for being part of the CBS 48 Hours team covering Hurricane Fran.[2] He interviewed Manuel Noriega and Daniel Ortega about the major conflicts in Central America, and covered many other domestic and international issues while working for CBS.[1]

1989-1994: Rascon worked for KABC-TV in Los Angeles, covering the highly publicized trials for O.J. Simpson, Rodney King and subsequent Los Angeles riots, Branch Davidian stand-off, and Lyle and Erik Menendez. He also reported on natural disasters such as earthquakes, fires and floods.[1]

1983-1989: Rascon worked as a reporter/anchor at several cities in Texas, including San Antonio, El Paso, and Abilene. He was an associate producer for KTVX-TV in Salt Lake City and a reporter at KBYU-TV in Provo, Utah.[1]


Rascon has been nominated for 25 Emmy Awards and has won 19.[4] He is the recipient of more than a dozen reporting awards from press clubs in Houston, Los Angeles and Miami,[4] and has won a host of other awards, including two national Edward R. Murrow awards,[7] one of which was for his spot coverage of Hurricane Opal in 1995.[1] He also received three National Association of Hispanic Journalists' awards,[4][8] a Rotary International award,[4] two National Headliner Awards, the RTNDA Award for Continuing Coverage and 18 Associated Press Reporting awards.[8]

Rascon was once named by The National Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the '100 Most Influential Hispanics in America. He is an active participant in several local and national charities and has served, or is currently serving on, several notable national and international Boards, including: BYU School of Communications, Board of Advisors. He has served as president of the Houston Association of Hispanic Media Professionals (HAHMP),[9] and former board member of the Radio Television News Directors Association (RTNDA).


  • Rascon, Art (October 17, 2007). The Heart of the News (1st ed.). RMG Press. ISBN 9789798370052. 
  • Rascon, Art (August 1998). On Assignment: The Stories Behind The Stories: Inspiring Experiences of an LDS Broadcast Journalist. Covenant Communications Inc. ISBN 9781577342946. 


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Art Rascon". CBS Interactive Inc. June 10, 1998. Retrieved July 16, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "The 18th Annual News And Documentary Emmy Award Nominees Announced By The National Academy of Television Arts And Sciences" (PDF). July 30, 1997. Retrieved July 25, 2016. 
  3. ^ Alvear, Cecilia (Fall 1998). "The Journalists' Trade: 'No Chicanos on TV'". Nieman Reports 52 (3): 49–50. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "ABC-13, Houston--Meet The Team: Art Rascon". ABC, Inc. Retrieved July 16, 2016. 
  5. ^ Dale Cressman (October 11, 2013). "Finding Peace In A World of Conflict". Honored Alumni: Art Rascon. Brigham Young University. Retrieved July 16, 2016. 
  6. ^ Rascon, Art (August 1998). On Assignment: The Stories Behind The Stories: Inspiring Experiences of an LDS Broadcast Journalist. Covenant Communications Inc. ISBN 9781577342946. 
  7. ^ "Art Rascon". BYU College of Fine Arts and Communications History. Retrieved July 25, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b "Mormons making a difference in Texas". LDS Newsroom. June 2008. Rascon is a reporter and anchor at KTRK-TV’s 13 Eyewitness News. He has received 17 Emmy Awards, three National Association of Hispanic Journalists’ awards and 15 Associated Press reporting awards, among other recognitions. 
  9. ^ "People You Should Know In Media". Snapshots. Aubrey R. Taylor Communications. January 2010. p. 21. Retrieved July 21, 2016. 

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