Gadi Schwartz is a general assignment reporter for NBC4 Southern California. An award-winning journalist, he reports weekly for NBC4 News at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. His most recent news stories can be viewed here.
Schwartz joined NBC4 after spending nearly a decade at KOB-TV, the NBC affiliate, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he was a weekend co-anchor and managing investigator for the “4 On Your Side” Investigative Unit.
As a journalist, Schwartz believes it is his responsibility to hold the powerful accountable and expose stories of injustice to bring positive change. As an NBC4 reporter, he was the only local TV reporter to cover one of the most powerful storms to ever strike land -- Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Schwartz also brought exclusive on-the-ground coverage of the crisis and gang violence minors face when crossing the border from Mexico and Guatemala.
He’s also tackled pivotal stories throughout the Southland, including covering the story of a teenager shot by San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputies in a possible mistaken identity case during a major manhunt. Schwartz was in the center of massive protests that shut down Downtown L.A. streets in response to the Ferguson decision, using both on-air and digital platforms to give first-hand accounts of clashes between police and protesters. He also spent several days ankle-deep in water at UCLA after a main break on Sunset Blvd. caused millions of gallons of rushing water on the campus, where he captured the impact of this unprecedented damage from all angles.
Schwartz is lauded for his investigative journalism skills and has been credited with breaking critical stories, including exposing a New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner’s embezzlement of government money and prescription drug addiction. Other stories he uncovered have led to high-level resignations, landslide elections and political reform.
Schwartz earned two Golden Mike awards at NBC4 for his revealing look at CD hustlers in Hollywood and exposing gift card scams at Walmart stores. He’s also garnered five Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards for investigative, consumer and feature reporting.
The son of Sergio Schwartz, a former journalist for Univision in Albuquerque, Schwartz spent much of his childhood shadowing his father and witnessing how journalism can build a sense of community and bring people from diverse backgrounds together. Of Hispanic descent and fluent in Spanish, Schwartz was born in Guatemala City, and later moved with his family to New Mexico where he graduated from New Mexico State University with a bachelor’s degree in Government and Journalism with a minor in International Relations.
Schwartz is an avid thrill-seeker and loves spending time kayaking, skiing, and rock climbing. He also enjoys being pummeled by SoCal waves as he learns to surf. His newfound passion for California's swells also prompted him to file one of the first ever live reports from a surfboard during 2014's historic conditions.
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