Kurt Rivera

Evening Anchor

Kurt Rivera
Kurt Rivera
Evening Anchor

I joined Eyewitness News in June 2004. Right now, I anchor the 5 and 6 p.m. and “7 @ 11pm” newscasts, as well as the 10 p.m. newscast on sister station, FOX 58. I take pride and feel very fortunate to be able to bring you the news in Kern County and the world that impacts your life.

Aside from anchoring the news, I enjoy telling in-depth stories that make a difference. From exposing consumer fraud to shining a light on the medical care of local veterans and their fight with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to teens suffering from mental illness. It is a privilege to get out from behind the anchor desk and report on stories that can touch the lives of others.

After working part-time radio jobs in Northern California, I began my career in television in 1987 as a news photographer at KESQ-TV (ABC) in Palm Springs, CA. A year later, I became a reporter for KERO-TV (CBS) in Bakersfield, CA. In the 90s, I worked as a reporter at WFLD-TV in Chicago, WXYZ-TV in Detroit and full circle as an anchor/reporter at KGET-TV in Bakersfield and finally here.

During my career, I have covered stories across the country. But one of my proudest career achievements includes following a group of doctors to Colombia in 1997. The "Healing the Children" physicians volunteered their time to offer poor patients operations to repair facial deformities. My five-part series became a half-hour documentary and gained critical acclaim in the Detroit Free Press newspaper.

I am also the proud recipient of several awards, including five Edward R. Murrow Awards. One, a 2006 National Murrow for a series of reports on Kern’s meth epidemic. I have received six EMMY Awards, including breaking news coverage in Detroit and a string of in-depth news specials highlighting teen mental illness, veterans suffering from PTSD, 2010 Fire Season in Kern County and the increase in Heroin use among local young people. I have been honored by the Associated Press and Radio/Television News Association (RTNA) for best investigative, consumer, feature and news series reporting. In 2009, I received the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) California Media Award for “excellence in reporting on serious mental illness.” In 2010, I was awarded the Mental Health America best “Local Television” national award for outstanding coverage of a mental health issue for a news special called “Dying For Help.” I was also honored in 2012 by the Associated Press by receiving the coveted “Chris Harris Reporter of the Year” on the West Coast.

I am active with the Kern County National Alliance of Mental Illness or NAMI Chapter. I am proud to serve as a board member and emcee for the annual Kern County NAMI Walk.

I am a graduate with honors from San Francisco State University. I am a huge sports fan (especially the Pacific Tigers, Cincinnati Reds and Cal State Bakersfield) and self-proclaimed "Parrothead" who enjoys the music of Jimmy Buffett.

You can email me at krivera@bakersfieldnow.com.

Recent stories by Kurt Rivera

Health Safe Summer 2012: A day at the beach Safe Summer 2012: A day at the beach (Video)
When the heat is on, many families in Kern County head to the beach. And, if you think you know all there is about safety on the sand, this report may surprise you.
Investigations Eyewitness News interview could spark KCSO drug testing Eyewitness News interview could spark KCSO drug testing (Video)
In an interview Friday morning with Sheriff Donny Youngblood regarding the subject of random drug testing within the department, the sheriff revealed it was the Eyewitness News phone call initiating the interview that got him thinking now is the time to begin discussions with deputies to implement random drug testing.