Francisco Pinto currently serves as a Sports Analyst for the Los Angeles Lakers. Prior to that he spent 15 years as an anchor for Univision, including shows like Primera Edicion for KMEX-TV, the nation’s number one Spanish-language television show. Pinto also served as a news and sports presenter for KUVS-TV, Univision 19, an affiliate of Univision in the Stockton, Modesto, and Sacramento area.
The recipient of several awards including four Emmy nominations, Pinto’s work includes a number of topics in sports and news, from live coverage of two World Cups in 2002 and 2006, to several NBA Finals, Super Bowls, World Series and world title boxing matches, to interviewing presidents and Nobel Prize winners. In addition, Pinto hosted The Rose Parade in Pasadena for several years, which KMEX broadcasts nationally and abroad.
The Organization of Latin American Journalist Association and Elite magazine recognized Pinto for his great journalism work by awarding him with the “Elite” Trophy as the Best Sports Journalist of the Year. This award highlights Latino personalities that seek to improve the quality of life of our people.
Before realizing his career as a journalist, Pinto was a soccer and squash player in his native country of Chile. As an active individual, professionally and at the community level, he has served as a mentor for high school students in the program Univision/Communities in Schools in Sacramento.
Born in Concepción, Chile, Pinto studied Physical Education in the University of Concepcion, near Santiago, Chile, which complemented his sports medicine studies he obtained from Masters College in Santa Clarita, California.