- WCVB NewsCenter 5EyeOpener Anchor, present
Bianca de la Garza is an anchor of NewsCenter 5’s EyeOpener newscast, New England’s most watched early morning news program. de la Garza began reporting for WCVB in July 2007.
The award-winning, Emmy-nominated anchor and reporter brings more than a decade of experience to WCVB. In addition to her multiple nominations for anchoring, de la Garza’s investigation into environmental terrorism in New England earned her a New England Emmy nomination. A versatile reporter, de la Garza has covered everything from breaking news events to major Hollywood red carpet affairs.
In 2010, de la Garza was the first TV reporter in the country to interview the husband of alleged Alabama shooter Amy Bishop at his Georgia home. Her ability to enterprise interviews put de la Garza’s reporting in the national spotlight as the only local journalist to interview one of the alleged victims of accused Craigslist killer Phillip Markoff. As the first details of the brutal crimes were revealed to a captivated nation, de la Garza’s interview was featured on “Good Morning America” and “Inside Edition.”
While in London to cover the 2011 Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, de la Garza netted the worldwide exclusive interview with Mohamed Al Fayed, a man with unique insight on the British monarchy. Al Fayed shared his memories of a young Prince William and his opinion of what Princess Diana would have thought of her son’s bride.
Prior to joining WCVB, de la Garza spent six years at WFXT-TV as a weekend anchor and reporter where she reported on major local and international stories including the September 11th terrorist attacks, the trial of ‘shoe bomber’ Richard Reid and the Rhode Island nightclub tragedy. At the height of the church abuse scandal, she traveled to Vatican City to cover the resignation of Bernard Cardinal Law. In addition, de la Garza was live in the General Assembly as Colin Powell made his presentation to the United Nations on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.
Before returning home to the Bay State, de la Garza was a reporter for KGTV, the ABC affiliate in San Diego. There she earned a San Diego Press Club award for her investigative report that uncovered and closed an illegal sweatshop operating in a busy city neighborhood. She traveled extensively along the borders of California, Arizona and Mexico and reported on a multitude of immigration issues including interviewing human smugglers in Tijuana, Mexico. In addition, she covered earthquakes and wildfires that caused catastrophic damage to southern California.
de la Garza began her broadcast journalism career as a reporter and anchor at WTEN, the ABC affiliate in Albany, New York. She covered everything from political news at the state capital to events in western Massachusetts, including the tornado that ripped through Great Barrington, leaving a path of destruction through the Berkshires.
A Massachusetts native who grew up on the south shore, de la Garza is a graduate of Emerson College. de la Garza, the mother of a young daughter, enjoys volunteering her time supporting organizations that help children like the Girl Scouts of America, The Home for Little Wanderers and St. Jude's Hospital.Click here to see Bianca's latest stories.