Francisco Romero, Class of 1987


Francisco Romeroromero_franciscoFrancisco Romero is a successful journalist and sports broadcaster, and as of 2008 the Houston Astro’s Spanish radio play by play announcer. A proud immigrant from Nogales, Son., and a Pueblo High School and University of AZ graduate, Francisco has influenced the Hispanic community and the community at large locally, nationally and internationally. He began as a community advocate, a public and environmental health professional working on border issues, and developed a community outreach project with South Tucson residents on handling Household Hazardous Waste.

In 1998 he followed his passion and the sports journalist emerged as the director of Hispanic Marketing & Spanish broadcaster for the Tucson Sidewinders Baseball Club, then as Sports Director for Telemundo. Francisco is one of the few broadcasters to work with the MLB (6 teams), NFL, NBA and NCAA (University of AZ football and basketball). As a general assignment journalist, he has worked for the most important news networks: NBC, Telemundo, Univision, Mundo Fox, TELEVISA International and CBS. In 2012 he covered the presidential election and was viewed by millions in the US and Central and South America. Francisco is one of the most renowned Spanish sports broadcasters and journalists in the US and Latin America.

Awards include the AZ Daily Star, 2003 Top 100 Sports Figures of Southern AZ; 2004 Emmy from the Rocky Mountain Chapter in sports reporting; and in 2013 he received a Human Rights Award by the Coalicion 1erro de Mayo. In 2014, Francisco was invited to Nicaragua by the Association of Sports Broadcasters of Nicaragua to speak on Major League broadcasting. Francisco is married to Larissa. They have a daughter Isabella, 10, and son Frankie, 20.

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