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Frank Camacho

Frank Camacho

Frank Camacho spent 32 years as an Arizona broadcaster, both in radio and television. During that time Frank developed a reputation as a fair, solid reporter who cared deeply about his community and the people who allowed him to tell their story.

Over the years Frank’s assignments were as diverse as the population of the Greater Phoenix Area. As a young radio reporter at KTAR, he covered the hundred year floods which hit the valley twice in the late 1970’s.

After spending two years at the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Camacho returned to broadcasting, this time in television. He spent a combined 30 years as a reporter and anchor at KPHO-TV and then KTVK-TV in Phoenix. Among the major stories he covered were the Papal visit to Phoenix in 1987, the 1989 San Francisco earthquake, the 1999 mass shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado, the Arizona Diamondbacks victory in the 2001 World Series and the visits of six Presidents of the United States to Arizona.

Frank also did extensive work examining the rise of street gangs in the Valley of the Sun. Among the most contentious issues he covered was that of undocumented immigrants.

Along the way, Frank was honored by a number of organizations for his contributions to the community. Among the awards he is most proud are the Golden Rule award from the Arizona Interfaith.Movement and official recognition as one of the century’s major Hispanic figures in Arizona by Governor Jane Dee Hull in 2000.

Camacho is one the rare breed of broadcasters who spent his entire career reporting in his home town.