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Live and on the evening news with alum 'Dom' Garcia

June 28, 2010
By Jayleen Heft

Lights on. Sound and microphone, check. Live and on the air in 3, 2, 1. . . CBS4 Denver reporter Dominic Garcia ('07, communications studies), started doing general news reporting in his hometown in May of this year. What started in 2003 as a career exploratory gig at CTV, the Colorado State University campus student station, has landed Garcia on the air in one of the top 16 largest television-viewing markets in the country within three years of graduation.

Dominic Garcia ('07, communications studies), is one of the newest members of the CBS4 Denver news team. Courtesy of CBS4 Denver.

Making a name for himself

The Denver native is back in the Mile High city, by way of KOAT-TV in Albuquerque, N.M., where he covered everything from the legislature in Santa Fe to wildfires in southern New Mexico. One of the newest on-air talents on the CBS4 Denver news team, Garcia is already making a name for himself covering Colorado’s breaking news – everything from missing persons and devastating natural disasters, to inspiring tales of medical miracles and personal triumphs.

“I’m thrilled to be back home in Colorado reporting for CBS4 during the evening newscasts,” Garcia says. 

Key communication skills

It’s Garcia’s ability to connect with people – approach people, gain their trust, and help tell their story – that makes Garcia stand out above the rest. He credits his four years at Colorado State and at CTV with preparing him for his current professional challenge of reporting for KCNC Channel 4.

“It was through my CSU classes, professors, CTV experience, and senior year internship with CBS4 that I have been so fortunate to land in Denver at this point in my career,” Garcia says.

Friendly advice to current students

Garcia’s advice to current students pursuing a career path: Learn the ropes and don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty.

Garcia reporting live from Estes Park, Colo. Courtesy of CBS4 Denver.

“When I enrolled at CSU I didn’t know for sure where my career was headed and textbooks can only get you so far – get an internship to help explore your options,’ Garcia says.

Also, Garcia recommends taking a class from one of his favorite professors, Eric Aoki, associate professor of communications studies. Aoki teaches courses in interpersonal, co-cultural, and intercultural communication.

“Dr. Aoki is a cool, open-minded guy and the interpersonal stuff I learned from him I use every day,” Garcia says.

More than a news guy

Garcia is not all about hard-hitting news. A member of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity while at Colorado State, Garcia became an active volunteer for people with disabilities, and has continued giving back, most recently by volunteering with Denver Public Schools and working with disabled students at West High School during the spring.

Also, very much a Rams fan and athlete himself, Garcia stays active with intramural sports, just like during his CSU days. Currently, he plays football and softball in a Denver intramural league, and has added a little golf to his outdoor pursuits.

On the air from the studio, Garcia is a hit with CBS4 news audiences. Courtesy of CBS4 Denver.

Strong Rams supporter

Looking forward to being an active and strong supporter of the CSU community, you’re likely to catch a glimpse of Garcia on the Fort Collins campus. Denver Post columnist Penny Parker recently called him, “Easy on the eyes,” so you probably won’t miss him.

A very busy guy these days, Garcia nonetheless enthusiastically took time to reminisce about his not-so-long-ago days on campus.

“Choosing CSU was the best choice I could have made,” says Garcia, a Thomas Jefferson High School graduate.

Sister joining the CSU family

Following Garcia’s footsteps is his younger sister, Kate, who will start CSU in the fall, as a psychology major. Hmm, I wonder what cool activities, classes, internships, and social scene she will discover at Colorado State?