Farewell, Frank Camacho


by Catherine Holland


Posted on April 24, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 25 at 7:30 AM

PHOENIX -- He's been bringing Arizona's Family the news for nearly 30 years, but on Tuesday we said goodbye to Frank Camacho.

After 28 years in the KTVK newsroom, the veteran reporter and news anchor is taking the next step in his career, becoming the chief of communications for the Arizona Democratic Party.

Camacho has influenced many young reporters and producers during his time at 3TV, and his valuable straight-forward, no-nonsense input made us better at our jobs.

"If you have some little bit of knowledge, you want to pass it along. Especially to people who will listen," Camacho said on "Good Morning! Arizona" Tuesday, his last day at 3TV.

Javier Soto and Kaley O'Kelley, both of whom have benefited from Camacho's experience and advice over the years, sat down to chat a little about his tenure at 3TV and his decision to move on.

That rare thing known as an Arizona native, Camacho has watched Phoenix grow from a "big city" of 100,000 to the sixth largest city in the country, home to more nearly 1.5 million.

Not only has Camacho brought us the news, he also has shared his personal stories with Arizona's Family -- his battle with cancer, his heart attack, a near-fatal car wreck a couple of years ago.

His experiences in the newsroom, in the field and in life have prepared Camacho for his next journey.

"Being 62, you don't get a lot of opportunities left to try and make things better," he said. "Hopefully, we will try to make things better, especially because in this state, unfortunately, we're so divided and we're so angry at one another.

"It's time that we try and sit down and at least talk to one another and try to work on some of these problems and do so in a very respectful and hopefully positive way," he continued, eloquent as always. "That's what I want to do."

We wish Camacho the very best in his new endeavors and are excited to see what the future holds for him.