George Riba

George Riba

George Riba joined Channel 8 in September 1977 and has served as weekend sports anchor, executive sports producer and sports director.

Riba was raised on a farm and ranch in Stonewall, Texas, and began his broadcasting career in high school working as a country disc jockey for radio station KNAF in Fredericksburg, Texas. He later worked with two other radio stations in Fort Worth, Texas - KWXI/KFJZ and KFWD before concentrating his career in television. Riba joined WFAA in 1977 after having worked at KTVT-TV and KXAS-TV, both in Fort Worth.

During his years at Channel 8, he has contributed to stories that have won the News 8 Sports Department numerous awards, including the Texas Association of Broadcasters award for Best Sportscast, the State Associated Press award for Best Sports Feature as well as a Regional Emmy for Monday Night Football Live.

Riba's list of Katie awards, given annually by the Dallas Press Club, inlcude Best Sportscast for team coverage in the Southern Methodist University investigation in 1987, Best Sports feature in 1988 for "Day Care Basketball," Best sports story in 1989 for "David Richards Draft Story,' - Best Sports Story in 1990 for Duncanville basketball and their "Third Straight State Championship," Best Sports Story in 1995 for - 'Replacements Replaced," and Best Sports Feature in 1997 for "Derric Evans - Renewing the Dream.

Riba is an avid runner, having run the White Rock Marathon in Dallas on eight different occassions with a personal best time of 3:01.

Riba is a graduate from the University of Texas in Arlington with a bachelor's degree in Speech Communications. He is married with no children.

If you would like to request George Riba as a speaker at your next community event please click here.