Rick D'Amico is an Emmy Award winning Television Newscaster. His media career spans over 50 years in radio and television.
While serving in the United States Air Force , he landed his first radio job as a disc jockey in Albany, Georgia. Upon leaving the military he worked at a number of radio stations in Ashtabula, Ohio - Battle Creek, Michigan -Erie, PA and in Cleveland, Ohio at WHK and became one of the pioneer radio personalities on WMMS.
Rick is featured in two books about the beginning of Rock and Roll and Cleveland Radio. 'Radio Daze, Stories From the Front in Cleveland's FM Air Wars' by Mike Olszewski and 'Rock and Roll and the Cleveland Connection' by Deanna R. Adams.
Rick advanced his career in radio in Michigan in management of several radio stations and part owner of one.
After 19 years in radio, Rick decided to try his hand at television, and became a TV Weathercaster for NBC and CBS affiliates in Lansing, Michigan. Tired of Midwest winters, in 1987 Rick landed the job as TV Weatherman here at KSAZ-TV.
Rick completed his meteorological education from Mississippi State University and was recruited by CBS News as the fill in weatherman on 'The CBS Morning News' and 'CBS This Morning'.
Shortly after his work on CBS, Rick was promoted to News Anchor at KSAZ in Phoenix. In addition to his anchoring duties, he has served as Editor of Business and Economic News, reported live from the Los Angeles riots, interviewed President Ronald Reagan, followed President Bill Clinton to Los Alamos, New Mexico, anchored and reported live from New York City and 'Ground Zero' in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks. He also followed the Arizona Diamondbacks to Yankee Stadium for the World Series anchoring his morning show from the Fox News Channel.
For the last 16 years, Rick has been co-hosting, 'FOX 10 Arizona Morning'. Rick also anchors The FOX 10 News at Noon, and anchors the nightly "Had Enough" segment on the 9 pm News.
Rick is an Emmy Award winner for his live coverage of breaking news of a hostage incident in Phoenix. And he also is the recipient of two Associated Press Awards for excellence in News Anchoring.
Rick has helped raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for his favorite charities, as the media chairman for The American Lung Association, The Leukemia Lymphoma Society of Arizona, and for Foster Children of Pinal County.
Rick was honored by his High School by being inducted into the Wickliffe High School Hall of Fame.
In October of 2013, Rick received the prestigious Silver Circle Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Rocky Mountain Chapter, for his over 25 years of service and significant contributions to the Television Broadcasting Industry.
Rick and his wife Ruth have been married 44 years. They have four children, twin boys and two daughters, and one granddaughter.
Rick and his family spend leisure time sailing the Pacific Ocean off the coast of San Diego, California on his sailboat, 'Airtime'.
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