| September 7, 2007
One of the most professional and likeable news professionals
in the country has died. David Garcia was 63. He died of liver
failure recently at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage.
Garcia was a pioneering Hispanic television journalist who
won 14 Emmy awards and was dubbed "Earthman" for
his environmental reporting.
He called the Coachella Valley home, residing in Palm Desert,
with his wife Susie. For the past four years, Garcia produced
and hosted a weekly television show, "Go West with David
Garcia" on local cable channel, Time Warner Cable TV10,
that aired several times a week and continues to air in reruns.
He was also involved with public television and appeared on
local television stations.
While David Garcia was highly respected locally, his reputation
was known across California and the world. "He was a
man of enormous energy and he had that great, booming voice,"
friend and former colleague Jess Marlow said. "He was
great fun to work with."
Born in Temple, Texas, Garcia attended Baylor University
and after college was hired by a radio station in his hometown.
He moved on to the ABC television and radio affiliate in Dallas,
to New York for the ABC radio network and then into ABC television.
At that time in the 1970s, Garcia was one of only a handful
of Hispanics who were network television correspondents. He
covered the White House, including the Watergate scandal and
the administrations of Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. He later
was the network's bureau chief for Latin America, reporting
on the Sandanista takeover in Nicaragua.
In the 1980s and 1990s, he worked for various Southern California
television stations, including KCBS-TV, KNBC-TV and KTTV-TV,
where he was a full-time environmental reporter. He got the
nickname while working for KNBC-TV when weatherman introduced
an upcoming environmental story by joking that "Earthman"
was on the way.
"I ended up getting mail from kids, and it would have
no address on it, just the word 'Earthman,' " Garcia
said in a 2002 article in the Business Press/California.
"He carved out a niche before people really even paid
attention to the environment," KNBC-TV anchor Colleen
Williams said. "There will always only be one 'Earthman.'
He started it for everyone, and he was really passionate about
During his career, Garcia was nominated for 30 Emmy awards
and received 14.
Garcia is survived by his wife, Susie of Palm Desert; his
mother, Evangeline Garcia; a brother, Ted; and his sisters,
Rachel Kidd, Suzanna Garcia and Cindy Garcia, all of Temple,
In San Francisco, friends and colleagues paid tribute to ABC7
anchorman and radio talk show host, Pete Wilson, at a public
memorial. Wilson died recently of a major heart attack during
a hip replacement surgery at Stanford Hospital according to
reports from KNTV San Francisco. Funeral services were private.
· Jeff Wald, longtime News Director and 22 year employee
at KTLA-TV Channel 5, Los Angeles decided to step down from
the top job this summer to spend more time with his family.
Wald's wife died on a family vacation in Mexico last year
and he has been raising his 15-year old daughter alone. Wald
was a former APTRA board member.
· Craig Hume resigned as News Director at KUSI-TV,
San Diego. Last year Hume replaced Steve Cohen as News Director
at the station.
· Steve Cohen has returned to previous position and
is now the News Director for KUSI-TV, San Diego, an independent
McKinnon owned station.
· More news at KUSI-TV, San Diego, Kelly Ryan joined
the news team as weekend evening news anchor. Ryan was most
recently anchor and reporter at KGO, San Francisco.
· KOLO-TV in Reno, Nevada has a new news anchor. Brent
Boynton has taken the position after stepping down as Nevada
Governor, Jim Gibbons' Director of Communications. Boynton
is no stranger to the news desk. He worked in news for 28
years before joining Gibbons' office in 2006 when Gibbons
was in Congress.