Art Rascon

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Art Rascon (born December 4, 1962) is an American news anchor for ABC affiliate KTRK in Houston, Texas. Prior to joining KTRK, he worked as a CBS News correspondent on assignments that included international reporting 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] Rascon has reported on major events throughout the world covering natural disasters, civil unrest, wars and conflicts throughout the Middle East, Central America and elsewhere. He has traveled to more than 75 countries on five continents and reported from nearly every State in the Union. He has been nominated for national[2] and regional Emmy Awards, and by the end of 2016 had earned 20 Emmys.[1]

Rascon was recognized in 1997 as being one of only five Latino correspondents appearing on national television networks in the U.S. 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]


Rascon began his television career in 1983 in Utah, where he was an associate producer and reporter for the PBS affiliate KBYU-TV in Provo, Utah and then for ABC affiliate KTVX-TV in Salt Lake City.[1] In 1985, Rascon moved to Texas where he was a producer, reporter, and anchor for NBC affiliate, KRBC-TV, in Abilene until August 1987, then for ABC affiliate KVIA-TV in El Paso until 1988, and for NBC affiliate KMOL-TV (now WOAI-TV) in San Antonio until he moved to KABC-TV in Los Angeles in August of 1989 as a reporter and anchor.[1] There, Rascon reported on natural disasters in California and highly publicized events such as the O.J. Simpson, Rodney King, and Lyle and Erik Menendez trials and the Branch Davidian stand-off and 1992 Los Angeles riots among a host of other stories, including brush fires, riots and other natatural disasters.[1]

In 1994, Rascon moved to Miami as a CBS Evening News correspondent. While there, he reported on major events that occurred in the southeastern U.S., Mexico, the Caribbean, including reporting on a host of stories out of Cuba and South and Central America. Rascon also covered the Oklahoma City bombing, conflicts and unrest in Haiti, Peru, Mexico, and hurricanes in the region.[1] He interviewed both Manuel Noriega and Daniel Ortega.[7] His spot coverage of Hurricane Opal on CBS Radio and CBS News earned him a national Edward R. Murrow award.[1] He and the 48 Hours (TV series) team also received an Emmy nomination from The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for their coverage of Hurricane Fran.[2]

In 1998, Rascon moved to Houston's ABC affiliate, KTRK-TV. Now serving the station's lead anchor of the 11am, 5pm and 6pm newscasts.[4] He has reported on domestic and international events and conflicts, including events in the Middle East, Iraq, Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Central America. He covered the Pope John Paul II assassination attempt and three Papal conclaves, Papal elections. 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.[citation needed] Rascon has covered everything from earthquakes to tsunamis and 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.[8] He was one of the first to report from Haiti the morning after the quake.[9]


Rascon has been nominated for and has received many awards, including two national Edward R. Murrow awards,[7] one for his spot coverage of Hurricane Opal in 1995,[1] and 19 Emmy Awards out of 25 nominations.[4] He has also received an RTNDA Award for Continuing Coverage, 18 Associated Press Reporting awards, three National Association of Hispanic Journalists' awards, two National Headliner Awards, and a Rotary International award.[4][10]

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: Executive Board Member of Interfaith of The Woodlands, YMCA International, and the BYU School of Communications Board of Advisors. He has served twice as president of the Houston Association of Hispanic Media Professionals (HAHMP),[11] and is a 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 "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. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Alvear, Cecilia (Fall 1998). "The Journalists' Trade: 'No Chicanos on TV'". Nieman Reports. 52 (3): 49–50. 
  4. ^ a b c d "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. ^ a b "Art Rascon". BYU College of Fine Arts and Communications History. Retrieved July 25, 2016. 
  8. ^ "2011 San Antonio YSA Conference - Guest Speaker". San Antonio Young Single Adults. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  9. ^ Parks, Kathy (March 30, 2010). "Art Rascon speaks on Haiti disaster". Our Tribune. Retrieved August 6, 2016. 
  10. ^ "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. 
  11. ^ "People You Should Know In Media". Snapshots. Aubrey R. Taylor Communications. January 2010. p. 21. Retrieved July 21, 2016. 

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