San Antonio YSA

2011 San Antonio YSA Conference - Guest Speaker

Brother Art Rascon

Accompanied by his wife Sister Patti Rascon

1998-CURRENT: KTRK/ABC Houston. Art Rascon has reported on wars and conflicts in Iraq, Israel, Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia and throughout Central America and elsewhere. He has reported on a host of political candidates during Presidential elections and Pope John Paul's travels, death, and the Papal Election from Rome. Rascon reported terrorist attacks from New York City and Washington D.C, among other cities, and has covered disasters everywhere, from hurricanes throughout the Gulf states to tsunamis in Asia, and earthquakes, most recently being one of the first to report from Haiti the morning after the quake. He is also the executive producer of numerous 30-min Special Reports on a large variety of pressing issues.


1994-1998: CBS NEWS Correspondent. Rascon covered such events as the Oklahoma City bombing, Haiti's civil unrest, Mexico's guerilla wars, Peru's hostage standoff; Cuba's downing of U.S. planes, TWA, Value-Jet, and other airline disasters. He also covered hurricanes throughout the Caribbean and reported from the heat of conflict in Central America, interviewing such tyrants as Manuel Noriega and Daniel Ortega. During his time at CBS he traveled extensively reporting on a host of domestic and international issues.


In 1989-1994, Rascon worked for KABC-TV in Los Angeles, covering such notable stories as the O.J. Simpson case, the Rodney King beating trial, the subsequent Los Angeles riots, the Branch Davidian stand-off, the Menendez trial, as well as earthquakes, fires and floods.


In 1983-1989 Rascon worked as a reporter/anchor at several cities in Texas, including San Antonio, El Paso, and Abilene. He also worked as an associate producer in Salt Lake City and as a reporter at KBYU-TV in Provo.


Rascon has been nominated for 25 Emmy awards and has won 19. He is the recipient of more than three dozen other local reporting awards from press clubs in Houston, Los Angeles and Miami and a host of national awards, including two Edward R. Murrow awards, three National Association of Hispanic Journalists' awards, the International Rotary award for meritorious reporting, two National ‘Headliner’ Awards, the RTNDA Award for Continuing Coverage, and 18 Associated Press Reporting awards. Rascon has reported from more than 55 countries, five continents and nearly every State in the Union.


Born in El Paso, Texas, and reared in Denver, Colorado, Rascon graduated from Brigham Young University. He also studied Spanish, Humanities, and European Politics/History in Madrid, Spain.  Rascon is happily married with six children.