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[NEWS] Mario Machado - 1st Chinese American On-Air TV News Reporter/Anchor

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  • madchinaman
    Mario Machado Reporter-Anchor, KHJ-TV (Los Angeles), 1967 q=cache:MZnlrIFL1q0J:asianconnections.com/community/people/chinese_hi
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 23, 2006
      Mario Machado
      Reporter-Anchor, KHJ-TV (Los Angeles), 1967

      Mario Machado is the first Chinese American on-air television news
      reporter and anchor in Los Angeles and perhaps the nation when he
      signed on with KHJ-TV in 1967.

      His father's Portuguese name and his Chinese mother's heritage
      steeled him for the travails of the mass media system that often
      prejudged him as a Mexican and ignored him as a Chinese American.

      His undeniable talent for communications made him one of the first
      and few ethnic minority national network sports analysts when he
      joined CBS Sports in 1968 as a color commentator.

      In 1969 he became the first consumer affairs reporter in the nation
      at KNXT Los Angeles, where he broke the story of cyclamates, a food
      addictive and sugar substitute that was found to be carcinogenic.

      By 1970 he had become the weekend news anchor for KNXT, the first
      Asian male news anchor in the nation's #2 media market. He is the
      winner and nominee of ten Emmy awards for reporting and producing,
      including the award-winning medical series, MEDIX.

      His other credits include hosting daily radio talk shows on several
      Los Angeles stations, doing the play-by-play announcing for
      international World Cup and Olympic soccer finals as well as
      appearing in numerous motion picture character roles.


      Mario Machado

      Date of birth (location)
      22 April 1940
      Shanghai, China
      Mini biography
      Mario Machado has been a fixture of television, film, and radio for
      over thirty years, and as a news anchor, reporter, narrator, actor,
      commentator, and producer, he has worked in virtually all aspects of
      broadcasting. Born in Shanghai, China of both Chinese and Portuguese
      ancestry, Mario made television history when, in 1967, he became the
      first Chinese-American on-air television news reporter and anchor in
      Los Angeles and perhaps in the nation. In 1968 he signed on as a
      color commentator for CBS Sports and, as a soccer player himself, he
      revolutionized the world of sports commentating with his personal
      insight and his dramatic flair. One year later he made television
      history again when he became the first Consumer Affairs reporter in
      the nation for KNXT Los Angeles. His work as a producer and a
      reporter has earned him ten Emmy Award nominations and eight wins,
      most recently for his work on the television special "U.S.
      Citizenship: A Dream Come True", which was broadcast in over 120

      Not content to be limited to the newsroom, Mario has hosted daily
      talk radio shows on several Los Angeles stations, lent his voice as
      narrator to numerous documentaries, and hosted several television
      shows, including the award-winning medical investigation
      show "Medix" (1967) and the variety show "Saturday Showcase" (1998)
      Ever an avid soccer fan, he has been a commentator for the 1984
      Olympics and several World Cups.

      As an actor, he has appeared in films directed by Carl Reiner, Joel
      Schumacher, Brian De Palma, and Sylvester Stallone, but he may be
      best known for his role as newsman Casey Wong in all three RoboCop
      films. In addition, he has been featured on a diverse number of top-
      rated television shows, including "Mission: Impossible" (1966), "The
      Brady Bunch" (1969), "Murder, She Wrote" (1984), and Beverly Hills,
      90210 (1990)_ .

      A tireless advocate of multiculturalism in both his professional and
      personal life, Mario's efforts have won him the John Anson Ford
      Humanitarian Award in 1994 and he was named Los Angeles County's
      Humanitarian of the Year in 1995. One of the recognitions that he is
      proudest of is being named a member of President Reagan's Child
      Safety Commission in 1986.

      Filmography as: Actor, Himself, Notable TV Guest Appearances

      Actor - filmography
      (1990s) (1980s) (1970s) (1960s)

      "Saturday Showcase" (1998) TV Series .... Host
      Casas de fuego (1995) .... Cadaver
      ... aka Houses of Fire (International: English title)
      RoboCop 3 (1993) .... Casey Wong
      Switched at Birth (1991) (TV) .... Philadelphia Anchor
      RoboCop 2 (1990) .... Casey Wong
      ... aka RoboCop 2 (USA: poster title)
      Jack's Back (1988) .... Anchorman
      RoboCop (1987) .... Casey Wong
      Triplecross (1986) (TV) .... TV Reporter
      Streets of Justice (1985) (TV) .... Newscaster
      St. Elmo's Fire (1985) .... Kim Sung Ho
      Heart of a Champion: The Ray Mancini Story (1985) (TV) ....
      Scarface (1983) .... Interviewer
      Rocky III (1982) .... Interviewer
      The Kids Who Knew Too Much (1980) (TV) .... TV Newscaster
      The Suicide's Wife (1979) (TV)
      ... aka A New Life
      The Concorde: Airport '79 (1979) .... Reporter #1
      ... aka Airport '79 (USA: short title)
      ... aka Airport '80: The Concorde
      ... aka S.O.S. Concorde
      ... aka The Concorde (USA: short title)
      "Blind Ambition" (1979) (mini) TV Series .... TV Commentator
      ... aka The John Dean Story
      Rescue from Gilligan's Island (1978) (TV) (uncredited) .... Reporter
      Oh, God! (1977) .... TV Reporter
      The Great American Beauty Contest (1973) (TV) .... TV Announcer
      Banacek (1972) (TV) .... 1st Newscaster
      ... aka Detour to Nowhere (USA: reissue title)
      Brian's Song (1971) (TV) .... Reporter #1
      Death Takes a Holiday (1971) (TV) .... TV Announcer
      "Medix" (1967) TV Series .... Mario Machado (host)

      Filmography as: Actor, Himself, Notable TV Guest Appearances

      Himself - filmography
      (2000s) (1990s) (1980s)

      "Business World News" (2003) TV Series .... Anchor

      An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (1997) .... Himself
      ... aka Burn Hollywood Burn (UK: video title)
      Without Warning (1994) (TV) .... Himself

      Blue Thunder (1983) .... Himself
      ... aka Blue Thunder the Movie (UK: video box title)

      Filmography as: Actor, Himself, Notable TV Guest Appearances

      Notable TV Guest Appearances

      "Beverly Hills, 90210" playing "Awards Host" in episode: "The Nature
      of Nurture" (episode # 8.24) 18 March 1998
      "Murder, She Wrote" playing "Reporter" in episode: "Twice Dead"
      (episode # 11.15) 12 February 1995
      "Dear John" playing "Ramona" in episode: "The Bachelor Shower"
      (episode # 4.7) 15 November 1991
      "Murder, She Wrote" playing "Anchor" in episode: "Who Killed J. B.
      Fletcher?" (episode # 7.14) 10 February 1991
      "Falcon Crest" in episode: "Opening Moves" (episode # 7.1) 2 October
      "Falcon Crest" in episode: "The Phoenix" (episode # 5.1) 4 October
      "Murder, She Wrote" playing "TV Announcer" in episode: "Murder to a
      Jazz Beat" (episode # 1.12) 3 February 1985
      "Disneyland" playing "TV Newscaster" in episode: "The Kids Who Knew
      Too Much" (episode # 26.11) 9 March 1980
      "Eight Is Enough" playing "Newscaster" in episode: "A Matter of
      Mentors" (episode # 4.24) 1980
      "Wonder Woman" playing "Reporter" in episode: "The Starships Are
      Coming" (episode # 3.15) 2 February 1979
      "Quincy" playing "Newscaster" in episode: "Sullied Be Thy Name"
      (episode # 3.11) 9 December 1977
      "The Rockford Files" playing "1st Reporter" in episode: "Trouble in
      Chapter 17" (episode # 4.2) 23 September 1977
      "The Brady Bunch" playing "Jerry Bridges" in episode: "Out of This
      World" (episode # 5.16) 18 January 1974
      "Mission: Impossible" playing "Technician" in episode: "Time Bomb"
      (episode # 4.11) 21 December 1969


      Throughout the '80s and '90s, Mario was the commentator for soccer
      events such as the 1994 World Cup, the 1998 World Cup qualifying
      rounds and the 1984 Olympic Games. Mario has been a longtime AYSO
      supporter and was, at one time, an honorary AYSO director.


      Eight-time Emmy Award-winner Mario Machado has been a professional
      news broadcaster and producer since 1967. His unique cultural
      background makes Mario a vital force in the nation's ethnic
      communities and has fostered his involvement in numerous Asian-
      Pacific, Hispanic and other multicultural broadcasting projects and
      special events. He hosted EL ESPEJO- THE REFLECTION OF OUR LIVES, a
      pioneering 14 part TV series on Hispanics in America and Hispanic
      Culture sponsored by USC for syndication on the Public Broadcasting
      System as well as the Emmy-nominated, prime time special THE
      TREASURES OF MEXICO. Most recently Mario was awarded his 8th Emmy
      as host of a television special, U.S. CITIZENSHIP: A DREAM COME TRUE
      seen worldwide, in over 120 countries.

      In 1994 the County of Los Angeles bestowed on him the John Anson
      Ford Humanitarian Award for his efforts to bring people of all
      colors, races and religions together. In 1995, Los Angeles County
      named him their Humanitarian of the Year.

      Mario is fluent in Spanish, Chinese and Portuguese.
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