Robert Kovacik Biography
Robert Kovacik is a multiple-Emmy Award-winning and nominated American television journalist based in Los Angeles, California. Kovacik joined NBC4 in 2004 and became co-anchor for NBC4’s weekend newscasts. Although an anchor and general assignment reporter for NBC Los Angeles, Kovacik appears on NBC network affiliates in other states and on MSNBC. Kovacik is also serving his third consecutive term as President of the Los Angeles Press Club, elected by his industry peers.
He is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and is a nationally recognized television news media industry leader with directorial credits and expertise in investigative journalism. The multi-Emmy award-winning and nominated journalist currently anchors and reports for NBC’s affiliate station in Los Angeles (NBC-4). His viewership often extends nationally through simulcasts on MSNBC. The recognized television personality is known for his versatility as a reporter and field correspondent, as well as his editorial news coverage, which spans across hard, soft and technical genres.
Robert Kovacik Net Worth
Robert has an estimated net worth of $400,000. He was the co-anchor for NBC4’s weekend newscasts at 6 pm and 11 pm. He also serves as a general assignment reporter for NBC Los Angeles and is seen frequently on NBC affiliates throughout the country and on MSNBC.
In 2013, he was selected as Journalist of the Year at the 55th Southern California Journalism Awards. The judges’stated: “Robert Kovacik has not only won the trust and respect of his audience, but he’s also won their hearts with solid reporting and integrity.
Robert Kovacik Education
Robert Kovacik holds an honor undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Kovacik also has an honors Master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. After graduating from Columbia, he spent over 5 years in New York City before moving to California.
Robert Kovacik Career
Kovacik left KCOP in 2001 and was named the West Coast correspondent, anchor, and bureau chief for the newly formed National Geographic Channel and its nightly news show, National Geographic Today. He then joined KNBC-TV in 2004.
In 2006 a murder suspect chose to surrender to him live on-air for which he received including a Golden Mic Award and an Edward R. Murrow Award. In 2007 he was on location and struck by a police squad car carrying Paris Hilton. Again in 2008, he made international headlines after an angry confrontation between the Los Angeles Police Department Police Chief William Bratton and LA City Councilman Dennis Zine while Kovacik was reporting for Today in LA.
Kovacik was NBC4’s correspondent for the 2013 Papal Conclave in Rome and the year before was assigned to the Summer Olympics in London; he was later honored by the British Consul-General of Los Angeles for his reporting of the Games. Kovacik also received Emmy Awards for both international assignments, in Great Britain and Italy.
Kovacik received three Emmy Awards, two Golden Mic Awards 2016 and eight Emmy Award nominations, including awards for reporting on topics relevant to political, governmental, business and consumer issues.Robert Kovacik photo
Robert Kovacik NBC
Kovacik is an anchor and general assignment reporter for NBC4 Southern California. He can be seen on the weekday evening newscasts at 5 p.m., 6 pm and 11 p.m. His most recent news stories can be viewed here. Follow him on Facebook here.
Kovacik is known for bringing viewers a local perspective and in-depth coverage to national and international events. Most recently, he traveled to Windsor Castle in England 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.
Kovacik has also reported on many tragic 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 also covered the Republican Convention in Cleveland, the near collapse of the Oroville Dam in Northern California and the 19 fallen firefighters of Prescott, Arizona.
Robert was NBC4’s correspondent for the 2013 Papal Conclave in Rome and the year before was assigned to the Summer Olympics in London; he was later honored by the British Consul-General of Los Angeles for his reporting of the Games. Kovacik also earned Emmy Awards for both international assignments, in Great Britain and Italy.
One of his most compelling live shots occurred right here in Southern California covering an extensive manhunt for an alleged murderer. The suspect suddenly appeared and surrendered to Kovacik while living 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.
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 LA 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, AP, 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. He is currently serving his third consecutive term as President of the Los Angeles Press Club, elected by his peers.
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. Kovacik is an avid supporter of animal-related causes and helps to raise awareness about the well-being of animals and the importance of pet adoption.
Kovacik is an honors graduate of Brown University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where he also graduated with honors.
Robert Kovacik Awards And Honors
- 2018: Emmy Award, Outstanding Hard News Reporting
- 2018: Emmy Award Nomination, Light News Story-Single Report, “Communicating on Canvas”
- 2017: Emmy Award, News Special, Orlando Shooting,
- 2017: Emmy Award Nomination, Serious News Story—Single Report, “Hidden Hazard”
- 2017: Emmy Award Nomination, Outstanding News Feature Reporting
- 2017: nomination for “Light News Story (Single Report): (“Dive Warriors”)”
- 2016: Emmy Award, Culture/History, “50 Watts”
- 2016: Emmy Nomination, Serious News Story—Single Report, “Hollywood Transgender Beating”
- 2016: Emmy Nomination, Light News Story—Multi-Part Report, “Fergus”
- 2016: Emmy Nomination, Outstanding Hard News Reporting
- 2016 Golden Mike Award, Best Business, and Consumer Reporting, “Stolen Gas”
- 2016 Golden Mike Award, Best Political, and Government Reporting, “LAPD and the Mafia Hitman: From Killer to Keynote Speaker”
- 2015 Emmy Award nomination, Outstanding Hard News Reporting
- 2015 Golden Mike Award, Best Light Feature Reporting, “Night Crawlers”
- 2014 Emmy Award, Light News Story-Multi-Part Report, “The Papal Conclave: SoCal at the Vatican”
- 2014 nomination for Emmy Award, “Outstanding News Feature Reporting”
- 2013 Emmy Award, Sports Series, “The Summer Olympics: SoCal Shines at the Summer Games”