Robert Kovacik is an anchor and general assignment reporter for NBC4. He can be seen on the weekday evening newscasts at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Kovacik is known for bringing viewers a local perspective and in-depth coverage to national and international events. Most recently, he traveled to England to cover the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and her State Funeral where he spoke to many visitors from around the world in attendance for the period of National Mourning and to also honor her legacy. Here's one of Kovacik's many stories.
He was also in Windsor Castle a few years prior to cover the most anticipated wedding in recent times – the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex and a Los Angeles native. Kovacik covered the many sites and sounds leading up to the big event and interviewed dozens of Southern California locals who traveled overseas to be part of the celebration. He even received a royal welcome from Prince Harry – watch here.
He has also reported on many significant events, including the Las Vegas mass shooting and Manchester, England terrorist bombing attack, both in 2017, as well as the Orlando mass shooting when a gunman opened fire in a night club in 2016. He was on-scene for the near collapse of the Oroville Dam in Northern California and the 19 fallen firefighters of Prescott, Arizona.
Kovacik was NBC4's correspondent for the 2013 Papal Conclave in Rome, and, the year prior, he covered the summer Olympics in London; he was later honored by the British Consul-General of Los Angeles for his reporting of the Games. Kovacik earned Emmy Awards for both international assignments.
Politically, Kovacik has covered Presidential debates and primaries, including reporting in Washington, D.C. for the funeral of George H. W. Bush, in Cleveland for the the Republican Convention, and New York City where candidates Clinton and Trump awaited election returns in 2016.
For more than a decade, Kovacik has been backstage for NBC4 and other affiliates at the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes, the Emmys and the Grammys. He has sat down for extensive interviews with industry icons, including Bob Barker, Jane Fonda, Hugh Hefner, Quincy Jones, Angela Lansbury, and Robert Redford.
One of his most compelling live shots occurred in Southern California covering an extensive manhunt for an alleged murderer. The suspect suddenly appeared and surrendered to Kovacik while live on the air. His coverage of the event was recognized with an Edward R. Murrow Award, a Golden Mike, and a Los Angeles Press Club Award for breaking and spot news reporting.
Additionally, Kovacik's exclusive examination into the Los Angeles Fire Department’s 911 response times prompted the Mayor to call for an audit of the LAFD. His reporting on the investigation surrounding President Clinton’s impeachment was included in the Kenneth Starr Report, and his groundbreaking expose into overcrowded Los Angeles animal shelters helped force the city to change its laws.
Over the course of his career, Kovacik has been recognized with several industry accolades, including multiple Emmy, Golden Mike, Associated Press, and Murrow Awards. He received the Los Angeles Area Emmy award for outstanding hard news reporting in 2018 and was named Television Journalist of the Year in 2013 at the 55th Annual Southern California Journalism Awards. Kovacik is also a three-time recipient of the Genesis Award, presented by the Humane Society of the United States, recognizing the best media coverage of animal protection issues.
After he completed his third consecutive term as President of the Los Angeles Press Club, elected by his peers, Kovacik was named an Honorary Board Member with the title President Emeritus status.
Early in his career, Kovacik became the youngest anchor in the nation's largest television market, New York City, when he was named anchor of KCET's overnight venture, “Nightworld.”
He is passionate about causes that impact Southern Californians and participates regularly in community events throughout the region. For the past four years, Kovacik has been asked to narrate stories of bravery and sacrifice as Master of Ceremonies for the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Valor Awards, the department’s highest honors. He also serves as the moderator for St. Anne’s Annual Summit, one of L.A.’s oldest social service agencies examining current issues affecting at-risk women, children and families.
Kovacik is also an avid supporter of animal-related causes and helps raise awareness about the well-being of animals and the importance of pet adoption, including for NBC4's annual Clear the Shelters adoption drive. He is also on the Honorary Board of Operation Blankets of Love, a non-profit animal welfare and emergency relief organization.
Kovacik is an honors graduate of Brown University and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, where he also graduated with honors.
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This smooth operator appeared to be minding its own business as it strutted and strolled through the Orange County community.
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Mike Bonin responded Thursday to an interview in which Councilmember Kevin de León said he has no plans to resign his District 14 seat. The interview, de León’s first public statement about his future with the council, included an apology.
A man sought in a San Fernando Valley murder and robbery was arrested in a chaotic pursuit and carjacking that left one person dead after the victim was dragged by his own SUV for more than two miles on an Inglewood street.
A truck and a sedan were involved in the crash. Video of the aftermath showed flames and smoke spouting from one of the cars.