Posted: Aug 23, 2013 5:11 PM
Updated: Aug 23, 2013 5:13 PM
Paul Cicala is excited to return to his Southern Arizona roots after most-recently serving as Sports Anchor & Special Assignment reporter in the El Paso/Juarez/Las Cruces area.
During his time in El Paso, Cicala was nominated for multiple EMMYs for his sports and news reporting. Cicala also won the second Edward R. Murrow award of his career for a 3-part series reporting in Medellin, Colombia & Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Cicala made such an impression on the borderland, he was voted the 2013 El Paso-area's "Best Newscaster Under The Age Of 40".
However, Cicala's "true love" is sports, and he's excited to be back in the Old Pueblo covering the college he grew up cheering for: The U of A. The proud product of the Sunnyside Unified School District is making his second stop at KVOA. The Tucson native left News 4 in 2006 for a Sports Director position at KESQ in the Palm Springs area. Cicala also filed reports in Spanish for the area's Telemundo affiliate.
Cicala's anchoring & reporting career has also included stops in Las Vegas, where he served as a sports anchor & reporter, and Yuma, Arizona. In Las Vegas, Paul had the chance to cover some of the biggest boxing matches in recent history.
Cicala's first TV job was at FOX Sports in Los Angeles, while attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated magna cum laude. He then produced for NBC Network News in Burbank, where he had the chance to travel and cover stories all throughout the U.S. and Mexico.
Paul Cicala's endeavors in news have also landed him on national TV shows. In 2004, Cicala had the honor of being a guest on the Oprah Winfrey show, providing perspective as an objective journalist after covering a story about a Tucson High guidance counselor who posed nude in an adult magazine. Cicala has had an equally active life outside of news, with experience as a teacher at Sunnyside & Desert View High School, a mentor to at-risk youth on Tucson's south side, and as a Rotary Ambassador of Goodwill in Mexico.
When Paul's not anchoring & reporting at News 4, he can be found at local gyms working out or playing basketball. He also enjoys cultural activities, taking the quick drive south of the border to Mexico, and volunteering with the community whenever possible. Feel free to e-mail any sports story ideas to Paul at email@example.com.