Rascon comes to Houston from CBS NEWS where he worked as a correspondent, reporting on Haiti's civil unrest, Mexico's guerrilla 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 US, 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 events 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, reporter, and anchor in San Antonio, El Paso, Abilene and Salt Lake City.
Rascon has reported from more than 70 countries, five continents, and nearly every state in the Union. He has been nominated for 27 Emmys and has won 20. 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 once 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 former national advisory board member of RTNDA (Radio Television News Directors Association), former Vice President of The National Association of Hispanic Journalist and former executive board member of Interfaith Of The Woodlands. He also served two terms as President of the Houston Association of Hispanic Media Professionals and is currently a board member of YMCA-International Services based in Houston. Rascon is a popular motivational speaker and active participant of a variety of charity groups.
Born in El Paso, Texas, and 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, are the parents of seven children, two of whom also work as journalists.
Send Art an email at Art.Rascon@abc.com.
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