Tony Kovaleski joined NBC Bay Area as the lead investigative reporter at the beginning of 2012. The multiple award-winner comes to NBC Bay Area from KMGH in Denver, where he forced elected leaders to change laws and public policy in Colorado and nationwide, forced disreputable companies to close their doors, and spurred criminal convictions.
His work over more than two decades has been honored with numerous awards for journalism including the duPont-Columbia, Edward R. Murrow, Sigma Delta Chi and National Headliner award. His 24 Emmy Awards include recognition for writing, investigative reporting, live reporting and journalistic enterprise. In 2004 and 2006, the Colorado Broadcasters Association named Tony the state’s “Best Specialty Reporter.” He has been honored several times by the Associated Press and the Radio Television Digital News Association. In 1997, the Texas Associated Press named Tony that state's "Reporter of the Year."
During his career he has covered several high-profile national stories, including the 9/11 attacks on New York City, the Kobe Bryant trial, the OJ Simpson trial and verdict, election night 2000 in Austin, Texas, with then Gov. George W. Bush, the 2000 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia as well as the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles. Tony also reported from the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. Other notable stories include the Timothy McVeigh trial and verdict, Hurricane Brett's assault on the Texas coast in 1999 and the 2002 Hayman Fire in Colorado.
His reporting and investigations have been featured on CNN, ABC's Good Morning America, ABC’s "20/20" and CNN’s "Larry King Live."
Tony was born in Michigan and grew up in San Jose, Calif. He graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. He is a faculty member of the National Center for Courts and Media with the University of Nevada’s Reynolds School of Journalism. He is also a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), the professional organization for investigative journalists. During his career, he worked for KIEM-TV in Eureka, Calif., KTVN-TV in Reno, Nev., KTVK-TV and KNXV-TV in Phoenix, and KPRC-TV in Houston.