As an award-winning multi-platform journalist who delivers 20 years of broadcast experience to the Spectrum News team, John A. Salazar began his career working in production before transitioning to the newsroom.
Before joining TWC News Austin in 2010, John was the chief photojournalist for the CBS-affiliate in Austin. While there, he worked on special projects/investigates where his shooting, editing and producing led the Investigates team to win two Lone Star Emmy Awards, and other nominations by the statewide professional chapter.
Salazar also was on the staff of the NBC-affiliate in Austin where he was recognized by Texas Associated Press Broadcasters as Photojournalist of the Year in 2002. Having spent 16 years producing news in Austin, John kicked off his news experience in Lubbock, Texas for KCBD and KAMC.
John's self-described "news journey" welcomed opportunities to cover two of President Barack Obama's visits to Texas as well as former presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford.
Other career notables include local news angles following the 911 attacks, the 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, the 2008 Fundame saga which led to the removal of almost 500 children from the Yearning For Zion ranch and subsequent prosecution of sect leader Warren Jeffs, and witnessing the 2011 release and exoneration of Michael Morton, a Texas man who spent 24 years in prison for the murder of his wife. John was there in 2013 when Mark Alan Norwood was found guilty for killing Christine Morton.
The seasoned newsman was the first Austin journalist on-scene following the 2009 mass shooting on Fort Hood where 13 people were killed and 30 others wounded. He watched Rick Perry’s rise in politics to become the longest serving governor in Texas history, to be overshadowed with a public corruption indictment hanging over his head after 14 years spent in the state's highest elected office. In 2008, John rode out Category 2 Hurricane Gustav in the French Quarter.
Then in 2011, the Texas native spent two weeks in Bastrop County reporting on the state's most destructive wildfire, which consumed 32,400 acres, destroyed more than 1,600 homes and killed two. Earlier this year, John was inside a Fort Sam Houston courtroom for the Article 32 hearing for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
An expansion of news operations to South Central Texas has John working in the Spectrum News San Antonio newsroom.
Born on the High Plains in Levelland, the fourth generation Texan attended South Plains College and Texas Tech University. While at SPC, he served as the Broadcast Club president, earning accolades and awards in broadcasting.
In his spare time, you can find John running and biking along the San Antonio River trail or enjoying the arts as a member at the San Antonio Museum of Art.
And when the music lover really cuts loose, the former hard rock frontman can be seen supporting local bands as a fan.