|Born||March 11, 1977
|Education||San Francisco State University, broadcast communications|
|Occupation||NBC News Correspondent|
|Home town||Berkeley, California|
Early life and education
Almaguer was born in Oakland, California, and raised in Berkeley, California. He attended Berkeley High School. He was a student at the University of California, Santa Cruz, but left after his sophomore year and subsequently attended a community college in his hometown. While there, his aunt, a news anchor in the San Francisco Bay Area, recommended that he look into taking a class being taught by her co-anchor at San Francisco State University (SFSU). Almaguer enrolled at the school and years later said he "fell in love with the broadcasting department, my classes, and my local news internship... I still remember being a college intern... sitting in a local newsroom and watching the buzz and energy in the room." He graduated with high honors from SFSU with a degree in broadcast communications.
Almaguer began his television career with KSBW in Salinas, California, in 2000. In 2003, he became a reporter for KCRA-TV in Sacramento. He then joined WRC-TV in Washington, D.C., in 2006 as a general assignment reporter covering breaking news. On April 2, 2009, Almaguer was hired as a Burbank, California-based correspondent with NBC News to report for all of the network's divisions, including NBC Nightly News, Today, and MSNBC.
In 2004, Almaguer won an Edward R. Murrow Award for Spot News. He earned an Emmy Award for his reporting on the 2007 San Diego wildfires. He also received awards from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.