Ed Arnold is the co-host and managing editor of PBS-SOCAL’s nightly news magazine show, “Real Orange”. He joined PBSSOCAL, formerly KOCE-TV, in January 2000 after over thirty years as a sportscaster/anchor for KTLA-TV and KABC-TV in Los Angeles. He also has served as the announcer for Dr. Robert H. Schuller’s internationally seen “Hour of Power’ since its beginning in 1970.
An Emmy and Golden Mike award winner, Ed began his broadcasting career at the age of 14 in his hometown of Texarkana, Arkansas and in 2004 was honored for his 50 years in broadcasting. The Radio and Television News Association of Southern California honored Ed with their “Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2007.
Arnold came to Orange County in 1958 as a member of the United States Marine Corps and remained to play football at Santa Ana College. Ed earned an A.A. in Business at Santa Ana College and a B.A. from California State University Long Beach in Radio/TV/Film.
Ed is extremely involved in his community and serves on a number of board’s. He served on the March of Dimes board of directors for over thirty-five years. Ed is a forty-year volunteer of his local Boys and Girls Clubs and is chairman of the Huntington Beach-Fountain Valley clubs largest annual fundraiser. In 1968 Arnold was a founding board member of the California Special Olympics and still plays an active role in the organization’s events. In 1975, he was selected as one of California’s Five Outstanding Young Men (FOYM). Ed was the 46th President of the California Jaycees, served seven terms as president of the Orange County Multiple Sclerosis Society, five terms as president of the Southern California Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, two terms as president of the Southern California Sportscasters Association and was the charter president of the Fountain Valley Rotary Club.
Among the many honors Arnold has received are the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the March of Dimes, the “Breath of Life” from Cystic Fibrosis, the inaugural “Excellence in Media” Award from the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission and the “2001 Visionary of the Year” award from Coastline Community College. In Ed’s honor the Orange County Boys and Girls Clubs present the “Eddy Award” to the top volunteer from each club. Other tribunes include the Fountain Valley “Distinguished Service Award” and the “Distinguished Citizen Award” from the Orange County Sports Hall of Fame. Second Harvest Food Bank has named their “Humanitarian of the Year” Award in Ed’s name and Santa Ana College has honored Ed by naming the annual SAC golf tournament the Ed Arnold Golf Classic. He is also Honorary Mayor of the City of Buena Park. He has received “Distinguished Alumni” awards from Texarkana, Arkansas High School, Santa Ana College and California State University at Long Beach. In October 2009 Ed was inducted into the Santa Ana College Athletic Hall of Fame and the San Pedro Sports Walk.
Five times the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association named the KTLA sports team of Ed and Stu Nahan as the “Best Television Sports Anchor staff”. Ed and his wife, Dixie, were honored with the “Americana Award” as Orange County’s “Man and Woman of the year” in 2003.
Ed and his wife, Dr. Dixie Arnold who is Chair of the Liberal Studies Department at Vanguard University, make their home in Fountain Valley. Their son, Dean, daughter-in-law, Rachel, and grandsons, Jacob and Luke, also reside in Fountain Valley.