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Like Father, Like Son: Art Rascon Steps Down as Son Jacob Rascon Steps Up to Fill His Position as News Anchor

Jacob Rascon takes the place of his father Art Rascon after 36 years in the journalism business, looking forward to filling the shoes his father wore so well

News anchor, Area Seventy, BYU Comms alum and father Art Rascon has recently passed the torch to his son Jacob Rascon as he took over the anchor position at ABC13 in Houston, where Art Rascon has spent much of his career. On January 3, Art and Jacob Rascon shared the anchor desk as they were respectively working their last and first days on the job. It was a bittersweet day for the news team as they welcomed Jacob Rascon and bid farewell to Art Rascon.

With a total of 36 years in journalism reporting on events in some 80 countries, Art Rascon worked for CBS NEWS and spent 28 years at ABC NEWS, anchoring many of those years in Houston. Art Rascon is the recipient of 19 Emmy Awards, two Edward R. Murrow awards, a Rotary International award and other notable recognitions. He has been serving since 2020 as an Area Seventy for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

For the Rascons, journalism is a family affair. Art Rascon’s sons Jacob and Matt Rascon, as well as his brother Dan Rascon are all School of Communications alumni — evidence that the talent and passion for storytelling and love for BYU runs in the Rascons’ blood.

As an Emmy- and Edward R. Murrow-award recipient, Jacob Rascon is an accomplished journalist in his own right. His career travels have taken him to places like Egypt, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and all 50 states. He has covered such major events as the 2016 Presidential campaign — including conventions and inauguration — the X Games and the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics.

Jacob Rascon remembers visiting the ABC13 station as a child and looks forward to following in his father’s footsteps. He said it is an honor to take on this new role and that the opportunity to succeed his father, “who is the consummate journalist and an even better person,” makes him immensely proud.

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