Art Rascon joined CBS News in September 1994 as a Miami-based correspondent covering news events throughout Mexico, South and Central America, the Caribbean and the southeast United States. He also contributes regularly to CBS News/Radio. Rascon has covered such major stories as the fall of Haiti, the Cuban-Haitian refugee crisis, Mexico's guerilla wars, Peru's hostage standoff, Cuba's downing of U.S. planes, and hurricanes in the Caribbean and the eastern United States. He also has reported on the Oklahoma City bombing and the tobacco wars, among many other stories.
Rascon had been an anchor and general assignment reporter for KABC-TV Los Angeles (1989-94). While there, he covered most of the major stories in the western United States including the O.J. Simpson criminal trial, the Rodney King beating and trial, the Menendez trial, the McMartin preschool molestation case, the Branch Davidian standoff, the Los Angeles riots; the California earthquakes, the Malibu floods and fires and the 1994 presidential elections in Mexico.
Earlier, Rascon worked at several stations in Texas. He was a weekend anchor and reporter for KMOL-TV San Antonio (1988-89); a reporter and weekend anchor/producer at KVIA-TV El Paso (1987-88); and a weekday anchor, reporter and producer at KRBC-TV Abilene (1985-87). Before that, Rascon served as an associate producer and weekend reporter for KTVX-TV Salt Lake City (1984-85) and at KBYU-TV Provo/Salt Lake City (1983-84).
He also has worked in radio, first as a news anchor at KRXK-AM Rexburg/Idaho Falls (1981-82) and, later, at KADE-AM/FM Denver/Boulder (1982-83).
Rascon is the winner of nearly two dozen local and national awards and honors, including the RTNDA Continuing Coverage Award, and has also been nominated for six Emmy awards. In 1996, Rascon was awarded the Association of Hispanic Journalists' "Image Award" for outstanding reporting and the national Edward R. Murrow Award, given by the RTNDA, for spot news coverage of Hurricane Opal in 1995.
Rascon was born on December 4, 1962 in El Paso, Texas, and raised in Denver, Colorado. He was graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications/
Journalism. Rascon also studied Spanish and European politics in Spain.
He and his wife, Patti, have five children.