“(Rick) Diaz is unquestionably a role model in an industry where he was one of the first Hispanics to play a leading role at a television station in a mid-to large sized market.”
In June of 1998, Rick retired after 31 years, 22 of which were spent as News Director and News Anchor. We quickly realized what an impact he had and what a true community “anchor” Rick Diaz really was. There was such an outcry from the viewers to bring him back, KRGV convinced him to come out of retirement to anchor the 6 p.m. news.
Rick has also served as a mentor to countless Broadcast Journalists throughout the years, many of whom are now shining stars in their own respective markets. He can always be found giving advice and encouragement to frazzled young reporters. It was his guidance that pushed me and many others to strive for journalistic excellence on a daily basis.
Rick Diaz has been honored with numerous awards throughout his career. During his tenure as News Director, Rick was invited to the White House in Washington on several occasions. Under Rick Diaz, KRGV took on a mission of helping improve the lives of the Rio Grande Valley Community.
The first time he was honored by former president Reagan was in 1984, for spearheading a program that helped find nearly 2,000 jobs for Valley residents. He later received a special invite to the White House as Reagan unveiled a commemorative postage stamp honoring Hispanics in America.
In 1988, Reagan and the NAB presented Rick Diaz with an award for his news department’s continuing community projects. Finally, he was invited by former president Bill Clinton to take part in a discussion about the federal budget. He’s also been honored by a host of community organizations throughout the years.