Q: Why did you decide to pursue television news as a career?
A: I wanted to get paid to talk and was really nosy. I spent most of third and fourth grade standing in the corner for talking in class.
Q: What was your first job?
A: My first job was in high school at the former World Trade Center. I worked in a candy store known as "Fanny Farmer." My first TV job was in Yuma, Ariz.
Q: What is on your DVR?
A: I think my son has a bunch of old Pacers game on it.
Q: What is favorite way to spend a day off?
A: watching old episodes of Law and Order and Law and Order SVU
Q: Favorite restaurant in Indy?
Q: Most challenging part of your job?
A: getting information
Q: Most memorable story you ever covered?
A: the visit of President Bush (43) at the old RCA Dome. I have a picture with the former president.
Q: Favorite book, movie?
A: Shawshank Redemption, Green Mile, American President, and Wedding Planner because I love Jennifer
Q: What's on your iPod?
A: everything from Rascal Flatts to Beyonce, Sandy Patti to Josh Groban, Pitbull, Mahalia Jackson, Billy Joel, Shania Twain, and a number of Latin music stars.
Q: What is something that would surprise people about you?
A: I can be a loner and I find small talk difficult. I have to work at it.
Q: What is your proudest career moment?
A: do stories about the survivors of the Richmond Explosion and breaking the news of the suspects arrests in December 2012
Q: Do you have any pets?
Q: When I am not at work I am…
A: I am doing what wife tells me to do and what my family expects from me.
Q: Biggest pet peeve?
A: bullies/cons, self-centered people
Q: What advice would you give someone to get into the business?
A: Work hard and pay attention to details.
Q: Do you have a favorite cause/charity?
A: anything with education (which is the greatest equalizer.)
Q: When was the last time you tried something new? What was it?
A: It was a Latin ballroom dancing competition in 2011, and since then, I've competed against other personalities to raise money for the Heart Association, Paramount Theatre in Anderson, Special Olympics and Catholic Charities.
Q: What electronic gadget can you not live without?
A: my phone
Q: What is your favorite childhood memory?
A: visiting the Dominican Republic every year.
Q: What is the scariest thing you have ever done?
A: Make sure I have all my facts correct before airtime.
Q: What is the hardest thing you ever had to do?
A: being a parent, because you never know if what you are doing is right. You hope it is.
Q: Did you have a mentor in your career?
A: I had a lot of people who supported and encouraged along the way.
Q: If you weren't in your current profession, what would you be doing?
A: I'd like to be a musician (piano or the violin.)
Q: If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
A: payoff my home, secure my kids and parents future, and set up a foundation to help other people
Q: If you could witness any event, past or present, what would it be?
A: the March on Washington, the inaugurations of every modern-day president, and the papal installation of Pope Francis
Q: What is your proudest accomplishment?
A: I hope it will be two children who will do well for others and themselves.
Indiana is home.
When Rafael arrived at Franklin College, Rafael quickly learned that one should not bother hunting for "snipe," that Football on Fridays, and Basketball everyday are king, and that any directions that end with " it's just down the road" required a vehicle.
At Franklin College, he completed his Bachelors degree with a triple major in Journalism, Political Science, and Spanish in four years, and learned to drive after depending on mass transit as a kid born in the Bronx, New York. Yes, I'm a Yankees Fan.
Rafael joined RTV6 in 1998 as a consumer investigative reporter. He's focused on rooting out scams, cutting through red tape to get results, and exposing con artists. Currently, he's also among the team of moderators for station's Sunday political program "Indianapolis This Week," and he's a fill-in anchor when needed.
Over the years, he has received a number of Emmy nominations and other awards for excellence in consumer and investigative reporting from the Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists.
He's also received recognition for his civic involvement throughout Central Indiana from the Indiana Black Expo, the Forest Manor Multi-Service Center, and the Mozel Sanders Foundation.
Rafael is proud member of the Franklin College Board of Trustees, and enjoys participating in many charitable events throughout the year. In the past, he has been a participant in a couple Latin ballroom competitions ala "Dancing With the Stars" to benefit worthy causes.
His wife is a native Hoosier who teaches kindergarten. They have two children who make life a joy.