Vikki Vargas has been part of the NBC4’s news team for more than 30 years. Based in Orange County, she is the Bureau Chief responsible for gathering and covering the region’s major news stories weekdays for NBC4 News at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Her most recent news stories can be viewed
Recognized for her versatility and journalistic integrity, Vargas has covered a number of national and international stories while at NBC4, from the Republican National Convention to the release of the American hostages in Iran. Her most recent and notable local stories include the Christopher Dorner manhunt, the Seal Beach hair salon massacre and the federal indictment of Orange County's former Sheriff Mike Carona. She also covered the San Diego murder of Chelsea King in 2010 and provided non-stop, live coverage of the Santiago Fire in 2007.
During her career, Vargas has won numerous honors and awards for her professional achievements and community involvement, most recently the Sky Dunlap Award, the Orange County Press Club’s highest honor for career achievement and community service. She was also part of the team that won a national award from the Society of Professional Journalists for online deadline reporting on the lock down at Cal State Fullerton in 2012. Additional awards include a Golden Mike, a State Bar Association Award for ‘Outstanding Reporting,’ the Orange County Press Club Award for ‘Best News Reporting,’ and she was part of the team that won a Los Angeles Area Emmy Award for ‘Best Newscast’ in 2008.
She also received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Hispanic Media and received an Avance Award from the Hispanic Americans for Fairness in Media and was named Latina of the year by the National Latino Peace Officers Association in 2006.
In 2007, Vargas chaired the year-long celebration of the 50th Anniversary of California State University Fullerton, her alma mater. A decade earlier, she received the Vision & Visionaries Award from the college, the highest possible tribute given by the school to alumni. Recently, Vargas, in partnership with NBCUniversal, established the ‘NBC4-Vikki Vargas Scholarship,’ which is granted to a Cal State Fullerton journalism student annually.
Vargas is passionate about giving back to the community. In 2011, she received the General William Lyon Crystal Vision Philanthropy Award from the Orangewood Children’s Foundation for her work with foster youth in Orange County. She also is highly involved with the Guardian Scholars program at Cal State Fullerton, which gives scholarships to former foster youth.
A native of Downey, she resides in Orange County with her husband and daughter.