One of the perks of writing about people and events is that your research involves going to fun places and meeting interesting people. That was the case recently when I sat down in a San Diego restaurant to have lunch with Robert Santos, San Diego television news personality and fellow Guam islander.
We both walked up to the arranged meeting place at just the same time to enjoy a conversation-slash-interview at a gorgeous Indian restaurant in the Hillcrest neighborhood. I came away with not just the following article, but an admiration for the very directed way that Robert has built his career; his attention to the things that are important to him; and frankly, what a nice person he is. He actually got up to feed my meter in the middle of lunch!
Robert would be a good model for our youth in the Marianas to follow. From our small islands, it’s easy to believe that it is impossible to break into a career in a big mainland city, but Robert’s experience proves otherwise. At the same time, he is clear about the value of his culture and his desire to participate and help when he can.
TV journalist has a big heart
Keeping up with San Diego news and weather, you are likely to come across Guam’s own Robert Santos. A veteran reporter, anchor and weathercaster, Santos can be seen weekdays on the ABC 10 News in the early morning hours and again as the Midday Weathercaster from 10 -11am. He projects a warm and professional demeanor.
Many people may recognize Robert Santos from his early days from KGTF to Cable TV to KUAM in the early 1990’s. In truth his career ambitions began in middle school when he convinced his parents to take him to interview for a job with one of the local news stations. He was too young to be hired at that point, but he was undeterred. Santos knew he would have a career in television.
Among his work on Guam was early on as host of the Academic Challenge Bowl and host of Kids Eye on Guam. Later, he was a news reporter for Cable TV and then for KUAM. After two years at UOG and a lot of television experience, Santos attended Pepperdine University where he earned a bachelors degree.
A profession in television reporting has taken Robert Santos to work with Oxnard-Ventura (KADY), Salinas-Monterey (KCBA & KION), Los Angeles (KTLA), Las Vegas (KVBC) and Seattle (KOMO). He has been the recipient of the Associated Press Reporter of the Year award among his colleagues in California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, Washington, New Mexico and Idaho.
This is now his second run at a television spot in San Diego where he enjoys the proximity to family and friends as well as the mild climate. Currently he is the 10News San Diego weathercaster, pursuing a long-time fascination “since growing up as a child on Guam, where typhoons intrigued him rather than scared him.” according to his bio.
What is especially endearing is Robert’s visibility at many charitable functions. This year he won a Golden Bell award for his work for the Salvation Army. He also keeps in touch with his Chamorro roots, attending San Diego cultural events, which is how I happened to meet him. We were able to visit together during the recent Chamorro Cultural Fest.
Although his career is now in San Diego, Robert keeps in close touch with the current events on Guam and his friends and family there. Just recently he won $1,000 for charity in the “Let’s ask America” game show and directed the funds to be sent to the Sanctuary non-profit organization on Guam.