Carlos Amezcua Joins KUSI News Team
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Veteran broadcaster Carlos Amezcua is joining the KUSI news team as the new co-anchor of Good Morning San Diego.
Amezcua was born in San Diego and graduated from Crawford High School. He returns to his hometown with more than 35 years of broadcasting experience, most recently for FOX Television in Los Angeles. San Diego viewers will recognize Amezcua from his previous work covering notable events such as the infamous San Ysidro McDonald’s Massacre. He has worked in major cities across the country including New York, Phoenix and his many years at KTLA Los Angeles where he pioneered the morning news style Good Morning San Diego viewers enjoy today. He worked on the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite and the NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw. He covered the Reagan White House, historic events such as the Northridge Earthquake, the Malibu Fires and has interviewed President George H. W. Bush, President Jimmy Carter Senator Hilary Clinton, Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari, Secretary of State Colin Powell and many more.
Amezcua will join co-anchor Lisa Remillard, David Davis, Elizabeth Alvarez, Dan Plante and Leslie Lopez for Good Morning San Diego weekday mornings from 5:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
“I am thrilled to be back in my hometown and co-anchor with my friends on Good Morning San Diego on KUSI. My family and I are grateful for the warm welcome and we are looking forward to new friendships,” Amezcua says.
From his early days anchoring morning drive radio news, Carlos showed an unflappable ability to report breaking news. Moving to television, Carlos was also a skilled film news photographer who would push his way with his trusty Bell & Howell to get the best shot. Hurricane Gloria, the Mexico City and Northridge earthquakes, the Malibu fires and the eruption of Mt. St. Helens are just a few of the natural disasters he has covered. As an investigative reporter, Carlos uncovered corruption, child abuse and government waste.
Carlos has been awarded 22 Emmys including one for 'Outstanding Journalistic Enterprise' and another for his coverage of Mexican politics. He also received awards from the Associated Press, The Radio Television News Association's "Golden Mikes" and was part of the team that won a prestigious George Foster Peabody Award.
In 2006, The National Hispanic Media Coalition honored Carlos with its National Impact Award for excellence in broadcast journalism. During his years as a news anchor, his professional and steady demeanor has been credited with re-assuring viewers through live coverage of the LA Riots, many Southern California fires, earthquakes, massive flooding and mudslides. The Daily News called Carlos Amezcua, "LA's Best Anchorman".
Other on-air duties and appearances include guest-hosting radio shows on ESPN Radio, KFI and KEIB as well as serving as the on-air voice for the annual national Latin Grammy Awards broadcast. An avid songwriter, Carlos received a Gold Record for writing lyrics on the rock band Chicago's Christmas album.
Carlos is also an accomplished artist. His oil paintings have been showcased at many art galleries and shows in Southern California. In addition, he was commissioned to produce the official artwork for the 2006 Lexus Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race.