Art Franklin is a multiple Emmy Award Winning journalist, whose career spans more than 35 years. The Detroit native and University of Michigan Alum first came to Alabama in 1991 as an anchor at WBRC-TV6. At WBRC Art gained notoriety as the first African-American male to anchor in Birmingham to anchor in prime-time. Art’s broadcasting career began in radio at WDZZ-FM 93 in Flint, MI where he worked as an announcer, production manager, sports anchor and news anchor before leaving for his first job in television at WILX-TV (NBC) in Lansing, MI. At WILX, Art recorded another first, becoming the first African-American male to anchor a regularly broadcast newscast in Lansing when he was named the weekend anchor. He was also the station’s Capital Reporter and Business Reporter.
Art was hired away from WILX by the NBC station in Norfolk, VA WAVY-TV10 to become the station’s military affairs correspondent. In addition to regular reporting from the Pentagon, it is at WILX that Art was sent on overseas assignments to places such as Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, and the Caribbean. It was during this time that he covered the conflict in the Persian Gulf. While at WAVY-TV, Art anchored the station’s public service program called the Bottom Line. He was also a fill-in anchor for its weekend and noon newscasts. Art was known as Mr. Broadcast in Norfolk because of his second job in Norfolk News Director of WOWI Radio, where he was part of the morning team and anchored a two-hour live radio talk show at the station.
When Art left Birmingham in 2003, he wrote a book called, Give It All You Got, a motivational book for young men. He returned to television in Atlanta at WXIA 11Alive News the NBC affiliate before becoming an anchor at WAGA-TV FOX 5 where he worked until starting a Public Relations firm.
Art returned to news and Birmingham to be the morning anchor at the CBS 42 Morning News with Art Franklin. As managing editor, Art is charged with being the editorial content manager of the newscast.
Among Art’s more than 75 journalistic and community awards are Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement – News Excellence – for spot news coverage in Atlanta in 2005, Outstanding Achievement Television Programming Excellence in 1995, Scripps Howard Excellence in Journalism Award, 1994, RTNDA Best Documentary, 1994, Alabama Associated Press Award – Best Documentary 1994, Alabama Associated Press Award Best Reporter 1995, Virginia UPI Best Reporter 1989, and Hampton Roads Black Media Professional Best Spot News Coverage 1990. Most recently, Art was inducted into the 2019 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle, that recognized more than 25 years in the industry, and in 2017, the Alabama Broadcasting Association named Art, Alabama’s Best New Anchor.
Together, Art and his wife Michele have four children. They moved from Los Angeles, CA back to Birmingham where they met many years ago. They call their move back to the future. They are members of The Worship Center Church in Birmingham.
Art’s biggest passion outside of his family is tennis and more tennis.