Art Franklin is an Emmy Award winning journalist whose broadcast career has spanned thirty-seven years and earned him more than 100 community and journalism awards including two coveted Emmy Awards and most recently he was awarded an Edward R. Murrow Award in 2021, for Excellence In Innovation, as anchor of CBS 42’s Coronavirus House Calls.
Art most recently anchored the “CBS 42 Evening News at 4PM, 5PM, 6PM and 10PM, after returning to Birmingham to anchor the “CBS 42 Morning News with Art Franklin.”
Prior to coming back to Birmingham, Art launched a public relations firm in Atlanta, where he was an also an Anchor and Reporter for Atlanta’s WAGA-TV FOX 5 and WXIA-TV NBC’s 11Alive. Art first came to Birmingham in 1991 and spent 12 years at WBRC-TV, where he was a trailblazer, becoming Birmingham’s first African American male to anchor in primetime.
In addition to his time as a journalist, Art was the C.E.O. of Atlanta based independent Record Company 285 Records. The Atlanta Tribune Magazine named Art a Man of Distinction in the magazine’s April 2008 issue. He’s been honored by the 100 Black Men of South Metro Atlanta, Atlanta’s Concerned Black Clergy, The Birmingham Business Journal, The Birmingham News as a top nine next generation Black Leader, several local NAACP chapters, churches and various other organizations including his fraternity, Omega Psi Phi, Inc.
The published author of the book “Give It All You Got” and University of Michigan Alum is originally from Detroit, Michigan. Art and his wife Michele are proud parents of a blended family of four children. Art moved back to Birmingham, AL from Los Angeles, CA, where he discovered his love of acting. After signing with a casting agent, Art was cast as a background actor on the following shows, Greys Anatomy, How To Get Away With Murder, Secrets and Lies and Kingdom.