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
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