Tony Escobar

A native Phoenician Anthony Escobar Jr. was raised in a small South Phoenix barrio and graduated from Alhambra High School in 1981. He was introduced to video and film production early on with Alhambra’s Film Communication courses and also at his church, Phoenix First Assembly, where Tony worked on the Easter and Christmas Pageants.Unable to afford college, Tony considered enlisting in the military, but just before his appointment with an Air Force Recruiter, Tony’s dad suggested he go up the street and apply at Channel 5, KPHO. Success! Tony was hired at the age of 18 as station “runner.”  He always kept “ an eye” on the studio, especially during the Wallace and Ladmo taking. In 1984, a dream became reality when he became a full time studio camera operator. In 1986, Tony became KPHO’s weekday floor manager, a position he held for many years. Tony worked with local news greats such as Roger Downey, Linda Turley, Stu Tracey, June Thompson, Cary Pfeffer, Kent Dana and Catherine Anaya. He also directed the Wallace & Ladmo Show where he began his working partnership with producer/director Sharon Kelley, a partnership that continued for more than 2 decades.In 1994, Channel 5’s parent company, Meredith Corporation, named Tony their “Broadcaster of the Year” out of 2,000 employees for his work ethic and commitment to customer service.In 1996, Tony worked his way into the commercial production department where remained for some ten years. There he shot and edited commercials and segments for the morning show, “Better Arizona.”As CBS 5’s 6-time winner of “Employee of the Quarter,” Tony has weathered it all, from analog to digital and to Hi-Def. He always adapted to the changing face of broadcasting and remained committed to the industry he loved.  After more than 30 years in television, Tony left his beloved CBS 5 and now helps with his family’s 2 restaurants in the Phoenix area, Mi Familia Mexican Food Restaurants.Native Phoenician Anthony Escobar Jr. was raised in a small South Phoenix barrio and graduated from Alhambra High School in 1981. He was introduced to video and film production early on with Alhambra’s Film Communication courses and also at his church, Phoenix First Assembly, where Tony worked on the Easter and Christmas Pageants.Unable to afford college, Tony considered enlisting in the military, but just before his appointment with an Air Force Recruiter, Tony’s dad suggested he go up the street and apply at Channel 5, KPHO. Success! Tony was hired at the age of 18 as station “runner.”  He always kept “ an eye” on the studio, especially during the Wallace and Ladmo taking. In 1984, a dream became reality when he became a full time studio camera operator. In 1986, Tony became KPHO’s weekday floor manager, a position he held for many years. Tony worked with local news greats such as Roger Downey, Linda Turley, Stu Tracey, June Thompson, Cary Pfeffer, Kent Dana and Catherine Anaya. He also directed the Wallace & Ladmo Show where he began his working partnership with producer/director Sharon Kelley, a partnership that continued for more than 2 decades.In 1994, Channel 5’s parent company, Meredith Corporation, named Tony their “Broadcaster of the Year” out of 2,000 employees for his work ethic and commitment to customer service.In 1996, Tony worked his way into the commercial production department where remained for some ten years. There he shot and edited commercials and segments for the morning show, “Better Arizona.”As CBS 5’s 6-time winner of “Employee of the Quarter,” Tony has weathered it all, from analog to digital and to Hi-Def. He always adapted to the changing face of broadcasting and remained committed to the industry he loved.  After more than 30 years in television, Tony left his beloved CBS 5 and now helps with his family’s 2 restaurants in the Phoenix area, Mi Familia Mexican Food Restaurants.
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