Rita Garcia is the newest anchor to join FOX 26 Morning News from 4-10 a.m.
It's a drastic change waking up at 2AM, but no match for Garcia who's worked her way up to the morning shift since her early beginnings as Cameron County Bureau Chief in Brownsville, TX.
She's a Texas native and has spent the last couple of years working as Fox 26 weekend anchor right here in Houston.
Before coming to Houston though, she reported for three years for the largest duopoly in southern California, KCBS/KCAL in Los Angeles.
It was in Los Angeles that she reported from the red carpet, where she interviewed Justin Bieber and the Royal Couple, to the raging California fires and severe weather where she experienced reporting her first EARTHQUAKE! Rita has certainly had her fair share of "general assignments."
During her tenure in California, she was honored with the prestigious "Tracy Miller Merit Award" for her dedication to the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) organization in LA. This inspired her to continue to devote her time to journalism organizations in the Houston area.
Rita started her career at KRGV- Ch5 in the Rio Grande Valley where she used her fluency in Spanish to investigate some of the most important issues today, including: border security, immigration and Mexico's drug war.
Garcia is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalist.
She is looking forward to having you join her in the mornings starting at 4AM (she tweets LIVE during the newscast & commercial breaks… @TheRitaGarcia; #WakeUpWithRita)
Oh yes, and when she's not on the set or digging up stories, Rita loves to run, cook and take her rescued pup, ROCKY for long walks.
Rita admits she is a news junkie but when she's not at work she loves to run, cook, and always keep her followers in the loop @theritagarcia on Twitter.