Rita Garcia
Rita Garcia is here, Houston!! She is the newest weekday morning anchor on ABC13.

Rita is no stranger to Houston, as she was previously a weekday morning anchor in the market. Prior to joining the ABC family, Rita worked as a morning anchor in Los Angeles on Good Day LA (KTTV - FOX 11).

Rita was born in Austin, Texas. She picked up a microphone at a very young age when her parents gave her a tape recorder with a mic to read her stories aloud. She would constantly practice and record herself and, as they say, the rest is history.

Rita began her television career in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas at ABC (KRG - Ch 5) where she was Cameron County bureau chief. She reported on a number of international border stories. She's also a proud alumna of Texas State University in San Marcos.

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Rita was quiet as a child, but now she gets paid to keep talking!



Some of her most memorable coverage includes the Notre Dame Cathedral fire in Paris, the 2009 and 2011 NBA Finals, the death of Kobe Bryant, the Woolsey Fire in California, the Oscars and Emmy red carpet events; Super Bowl 51, Hurricane Harvey, the 2017 and 2018 World Series, and the death of Michael Jackson.

Rita was featured in the Los Angeles Times for having been the first morning news anchor in LA to broadcast an entire live morning newscast from home during the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic.

She has also been invited to guest host on Rachael Ray and feature one of her favorite recipes! In her free time, Rita enjoys spending time with her husband and family, as well as her rescue dog, Rocky. She also loves to travel.

Rita's Stories
Tacos with Texas twist wrapped up and served in south Philly by former Austinite
You can take the man out of Texas, but you can't take the Texas out of the man. Former Austinite opens a Taco restaurant in Philly.
2022 World Series: Astros even the series 1-1 after winning Game 2 of World Series 5-2
This win takes the series to Philadelphia for Game 3 on Monday, Halloween night.
Meet the family owned tailor business responsible for the Astros World Series jerseys
Martin Tailors is a family-owned company that has been serving the Houston area since 1957, and ABC13 met with them ahead of Game 2 of the World Series
1-on-1 with Reagan Bregman, wife of Astros 3rd baseman Alex Bregman
Reagan Bregman said things are different after games these days and loves every minute of seeing her husband in his new role off the field as a dad.
Business owner talks about her success creating sports apparel, catching Astros player's attention
Ellyse Espinoza is a fierce business owner who says her merch flagged the attention of Astros pitcher Framber Valdez and even the wives of the team's baseball players.
Jeremy Peña stops by Irma's in downtown Houston after returning from clinching World Series berth
The star shortstop has made his love of Houston restaurants known, and a day after returning home from crushing the Yankees, he popped into Irma's restaurant in downtown.
Action 13 town hall highlights barriers Hispanics face in mental health care
Community leaders and experts are speaking out in an Action 13 town hall, highlighting the multiple barriers Hispanics face in accessing quality mental health care.
Hispanic artists explain how Houston Arts Alliance gave them power to continue creating pieces
"Being allowed the grant, it gave me the opportunity to put value to my work and not just like a hobby that I do and take my art seriously," a Houston artist said of the nonprofit's help.
Rice University alumni helped design new SoFi Stadium that can house 70,000 football fans
Not one, but two Rice Owls helped design the nearly 70,000-seat stadium, which has a translucent roof with open sidings, allowing for the ocean breeze to blow through for spectators to stay cool.
Houstonian brings taste of Texas to Los Angeles with breakfast tacos
Meet the Texas native who's serving up her home state cuisine on Hollywood Boulevard. ABC13's Rita Garcia got to try it ahead of the Texans vs. Rams preseason game.