Nicole Garcia joined the KMPH news team in 2005, and co-anchors the weekend edition of the 10 O'Clock News with Rich Rodriguez. Her broadcasting career began at UCLA, where she majored in Communication Studies and graduated cum laude. Nicole served as the News Director for their student-run news program, Bruin News, and also worked in Washington, D.C. as an intern White House correspondent. She also worked behind the scenes at KABC-TV in Los Angeles for several years, where she got her first taste of the exhilaration of delivering live, local news. She began her on-air career as an anchor/reporter for HCTV, a city cable news show in the LA area. Then it was off to the Lone Star State where she worked as an anchor/reporter at KAMR, in Amarillo, Texas. Her most memorable story in Amarillo, was when she volunteered to get arrested by police for a demonstration. Thankfully, she survived to tell about it. After a year of braving tornadoes, hail storms, and learning how to line dance, this California girl was happy to return to her home state, and is happy to call the Valley her home.
Nicole covers many of the high profile courts and crime cases in the Valley. She has personally witnessed an execution at San Quentin, and followed several gruesome murder trials from beginning to end. She was nominated for an AP Award for her live blog during the Larissa Schuster Murder Trial.
Nicole grew up in Vallejo, CA, and has two younger brothers, Romann and Matthew. In her spare time, you can find her in the kitchen cooking Filipino food, reading a good murder mystery novel, trying to plant a flower garden, or walking her dog - a dachshund-terrier mix named Cherry... who acts more like an infant than a dog.