Carlos Amezcua: Mormon Broadcast Journalist
Carlos R. Amezcua is an award-winning broadcast journalist.
Amezcua was born in San Diego, California, on August 29, 1953. His ancestors had settled in the area as early as the 1600s. His step-grandmother, who was a less-active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, signed him up with a Church-sponsored Boy Scout troop. He earned his Eagle Scout and through the Latter-day Saint friends he made in Scouts, he decided to attend Brigham Young University.
After joining the Church and serving a mission in the Guatemala/El Salvador Mission, he studied broadcast journalism at BYU. His first job was in the Salt Lake City area at KSL-TV. For many years he was the KTLA Morning Show anchor (1991 to 2007). He was then the KTTV news anchor in L.A. As a network correspondent, he has reported the evening news at CBS with Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather. He has anchored the afternoon broadcast for Patriot Radio in L.A. since January 2014.
His broadcast awards include ten emmys, Associated Press awards, and Radio Television News Association’s Golden Mikes. He was part of the team that won the George Foster Peabody Award. In 2006, he was honored with the Impact Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism by the Hispanic Media Coalition.
Amezcua is a versatile performer. He has hosted radio sports shows on ESPN and KFI and appeared in films and television series. He created and produced the critically acclaimed “Comedy Compadres,” an all-Latino standup comedy program in Los Angeles. He wrote Spanish lyrics for “Let It Snow” that appeared on the Chicago 26 album, giving him a gold record to his credit. He is also an accomplished painter and was commissioned to produce the official artwork for the 2006 Lexus Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race. He has shown his art in many Southern California galleries and shows.
He is president and CEO of CarlosMedia Corp., which produces news and entertainment projects.
Amezcua and his wife, Mary, are the parents of five children. He commutes for work; he and his family live in Utah and he has a home in Malibu, California.