Phil Prazan is an Emmy® nominated NBC 6 investigative reporter who focuses on policy, politics and government. He joined NBC 6 in February of 2020, after spending five years as a political and investigative reporter at KXAN-TV in Austin, Texas. Before that he worked as a general assignment reporter in Des Moines, Iowa.
Prazan began his career as a researcher for Tom Jennings Productions, now called 1895 Films, a small documentary company in Venice Beach, California. Much of his work was for MLK: The Assassination Tapes, a documentary which aired on the Smithsonian Channel. In 2013, the documentary garnered a George Foster Peabody Award and a national Emmy® nomination. In 2017, Prazan also earned an Emmy® nomination for his investigative documentary about Texas Higher Education.
His broadcast career has also earned him awards individually, and as part of a team, from organizations like the Iowa Broadcast News Association, the Lone Star Emmys, the Texas Associated Press, the Association for Professional Educators and the Edward R. Murrow Awards.
It is also worth noting that while in Austin, Prazan planned, organized, and moderated local and statewide debates and forums and served on the Texas Secretary of State’s Advisory Board for Elections.
Prazan grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and received his degree in Radio-Television-Film and a French language minor equivalent from the University of Texas at Austin. He also runs a financial scholarship for high school seniors at his alma mater, Omaha North High School.
Prazan is currently working towards a master’s degree in history. He also takes Spanish classes, enjoys reading, and likes exploring South Florida. He is passionate about the human drama: what people do, why they do it, and how it impacts the rest of us. He also recognizes he’s one of the few people lucky enough to live their passion professionally.