by Suzanne Joe KaiIn Memoriam: Mario Machado 1935-2013 Pioneer Radio and TV Newsman, Anchor and ActorMario Machado, the nation's first Asian American on-air television news reporter and anchor passed away May 4, 2013 at age 78. Mario was a pioneer who blazed a trail for all of us. A pioneer with heart, he went out of his way to encourage us to follow our dreams.
In 2010, the Asian American Journalists Association honored Mario Machado inducting him onto its new Honor Roll of Asian American Pioneers in U.S. Journalism (1925-1975) at AAJA's 29th annual National Convention in Los Angeles.
In 1999, Machado was honored by the Chinese Historical Society of America in San Francisco. The CHSA produced this video which has excerpts of some of his early broadcasts.
As fellow pioneer television broadcaster Christopher Chow says about Mario:"Everybody in our field and in the Asian American community owes him for opening doors for us and for helping us to gain credibility and opportunities. Not only did he perform well on air but he actively advocated for us, for our inclusion, for the hiring and promoting of Asian Pacific Islander journalists by news media organizations all across America. Mario, we salute you."
Chow wrote about Mario in his "Casting Our Voices" for the Chinese Historical Society's tribute to Chinese American Pioneer Broadcasters:
"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."
Mario began his career as an on-air news reporter at KHJ-TV (now KCAL-TV) in 1967. In 1969 he became the first consumer affairs reporterin the nation at KNXT Los Angeles (now KCBS-TV Channel 2), where he...