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Robert Kovacik is an American television journalist based in Los Angeles, California. He is currently the lead morning reporter for NBC Los Angeles, appearing weekday mornings on Today in L.A. and is seen frequently on NBC affiliates throughout the country and on MSNBC.[1]

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Robert Kovacik Shooting Live


Kovacik holds an honors undergraduate Bachelor of Arts from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Kovacik also has an honors graduate Master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. After graduating from Columbia, he spent over 3 years in New York City before moving to California.[1]


Kovacik's began his career at 23-years old when he becme the youngest reporter to anchor Nightworld for the PBS station, KCET-TV. Part of Oxnard, California's KADY-TV in 1993,[2] he relocated to Los Angeles in 1994 and became an anchor and reporter for KCOP-TV. He left KCOP in 2001,[3] and was named the West Coast correspondent, anchor, and bureau chief for the newly formed National Geographic Channel[4] and it's nightly news show, National Geographic Today.[1]

Kovacik joined KNBC-TV in 2004, and in 2006 himself made world headlines when a murder suspect chose to surrender to him live on-air.[5] In 2007 he was again in the news when he was on location and struck by a police squad car carrying Paris Hilton.[6][7][8] In 2008 he again made international headlines after an angry confrontation between then LAPD Police Chief William Bratton and LA City Councilman Dennis Zine while Kovacik was reporting for Today in LA.[9][1]

Awards and honors[]

  • 2009, 2nd Place, LA Press Club National Entertainment Journalism Award[10]
  • 2009, APTRA 'Chris Harris Reporter of the Year' award[11]
  • 2008, Golden Mike Award[1]
  • 2008, nomination for Emmy Award, 'Light News Story - Single Report'[12][13]
  • 2007, nomination for Emmy Award for 'Murder Suspect Surrenders'[14]
  • 2007, Edward R. Murrow Award for 'Best Entertainment Reporting'[15]
  • 2006, Golden Mike Award for Paparazzi Task Force 'Best Spot News Coverage'
  • 2006, Genesis Award winner for 'Best Spot News Coverage'[1]
  • 2000, Emmy Award for Local Television News Series
  • 1999, nomination for Emmy Award for 'Informational/Public Affairs Series'[16]
  • 1999, nomination for Emmy Award for 'Serious News Story - Single Report'[16]
  • 1998, nomination for Emmy Award for 'Live Sports Coverage'[16]
  • 1998, Emmy Award for 'Serious News Story'
  • 1998, Golden Mike Award for 'Host, Outstanding Special Programming'
  • 1998, Greater Los Angeles Press Club Award for 'Best Serious Feature Reporting'
  • 1997, nomination for Emmy Award for 'Serious News Story'[17]
  • 1997, California/Nevada Associated Press Award for 'Continuing Investigation'
  • 1997, Multi-Part Genesis Award for 'Best Series Serious News Story'[1]
  • 1995, First Place in 'Best of the West' Competition for 'Outstanding Local Television News Series, Growth and Urban Development Reporting"[15]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 "Robert Kovacik bio". NBC. 28 July 2009. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  2. Mackey, Aurora (1 July 1993). "Countdown to Air Time for Broadcast News Team KADY-TV". Los Angeles Times. pp. 8. 
  3. Richmond (4 January 2001). "ARts and Entertainment Reports". Los Angeles Times. pp. F29. 
  4. Johnson, Reed (31 October 2002). "SOIREE; 'Writing Los Angeles' goes Hollywood". Los Angeles Times. pp. E10. 
  5. "Murder Suspect Turns Himself In On Live TV". WLWT. 26 June 2006. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  6. Serpe, Gina (8 June 2007). "Showtime for Paris, L.A. Legal System". EOnline. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  7. Huff, Richard (9 June 2007). "Call it 'The Simpleton Life' as networks go nuts". New York Daily News. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  8. Kaplan, Don (9 June 2007). "Media Has Crazy 'Crush" On Paris; Reporter Hurt Amid O.J.-Style Frenzy". New York Post. pp. 4. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  9. "'Crime rates have gone down since Britney put her clothes on and Paris left town,' says LAPD chief". Evening Standard. 8 January 2008. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  10. "2009 National Entertainment Journalism Award Winners". Los Angeles Press Club. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  11. "APTRA 2009 Winers & Nominees". APTRA. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  12. "60th Annual Los Angeles Area Emmy Nominations". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  13. "The Envelope". Los Angeles Times. 10 July 2008. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  14. Nordyke, Kimberly (12 July 2007). "KTTV tops LA Emmy nominations". Reuters. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  15. 15.0 15.1 "Robert Kovacik radio interview". 4 September 2009. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 "Kttv Outfoxes Kcbs In Emmy News Noms". reprint in All Business (Hollywood Reporter). 23 April 1999. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  17. Richmond, Ray (25 April 1997). "KCBS tops local Emmy noms". Variety. Archived from the original on 3 October 2008. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 

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